Saturday, May 8, 2010

What I Know About Being a Mom

The lessons motherhood brings are constant. There will always be something to master.

I have a lot to learn, but there are some things I do know.

I know that...

Deciding to have kids is the biggest jump off the high diving board you'll ever make.

Just when you think your belly can't stretch anymore, it does.

Books cannot prepare you for childbirth.

Holding your baby for the first time changes everything.

The smell of a baby's head is intoxicating.

Deep, uninterrupted sleep is a sweet memory.

Touching bodily fluids in all its forms will no longer phase you.

Laundry will become your least loved hobby.

When your child is in pain, it will hurt you even more.

Holidays will suddenly be magical again.

Eating in a restaurant is no longer a relaxing experience.

Yo Gabba Gabba is brilliant.

The wonkiest of art will be proudly displayed.

Clutch purses are a thing of the past.

Children transform into little tornadoes when company is about to arrive.

You can exhale when they return safely to your arms.

It would have been smart to buy stock in stain lifter.

You'll always be the last one to make their plate at dinner.

There are never too many napkins stored in the glove box.

Guilt for past mistakes will haunt you.

Emotion can no longer be taken out of a situation that involves your child.

You will always fight the good fight. Whenever and wherever that fight may be.

Stickiness will invade your home.

Hold hands while you can.

Enjoy being called "Mommy". All too soon it becomes a simple "Mom".

They will *always* be your baby.

Picking one's battles can be really tricky some days.

The sound of silence is exquisite.

You wish you really could make everything alright.

There is nothing you wouldn't sacrifice.

You will experience the deepest, soul-gripping love you'll ever know.

What a blessing.

Thank you Mom for sticking with those lessons. I love you forever and always.

And thank you to The Offspring for giving me the best on the job training I could ever hope for. I love you madly.

Happy Mother's Day.