With mother's day coming up this weekend, and my little girl's first birthday next week, it really has hit home about what it means to be a Mom. Really. I mean, this time last year I was as big as a boat, and it is so amazing to me to look back and remember how excited I was waiting for her arrival. And after this first year as a new mother, it is still unbelievable to me that I am a now a mom.
Whether you are a new mom, and older mom, grandmother or waiting to be a mom one day, you've probably heard and even said it yourself that "it's the hardest job in the world, but also the most amazing and rewarding!"
I always thought that moms had a lot on their plates and were super busy. This is one of the reasons why I waited to have kids because I knew how your free-time was going to disappear and your responsibilities would triple X 1 million! I had a few things I wanted to do before I had kids like get my master's degree, travel, live on my own and experience life. And so glad I did, because I have no regrets now and did all I wanted to do, like work for Club Med Resorts, traveling to Europe, Mexico trips, Vegas trips, learning how to live on my own and support myself, and yes, I also had a few staying out late, club dancing days. You're only young once, right?
But nothing could make me happier than to be a mom now to my sweet girl! The cards really stacked up well for me and I couldn't be happier! I won't even go into all the wonderful things about being a mom. I think that part is understood.
The part that is underestimated is how much moms are not honored enough. There should be a mother's day every month to remember how amazing moms are! Seriously.
I am lucky enough to stay home with my little girl and speaking of busy, I say every day, "where did the day go?" It is a full time job X 200 because when I worked before I had kids I had a little down time here and there, like a lunch break, some free time to surf the internet here and there if needed, talk to co-workers. Now? Not so much.
From the minute she wakes up, gets changed, fed, plays then it's ready for her next nap, then 2 hours later she is up, gets changed, fed and plays some more, running an errand, next nap, then up, changed, playdates with her friends, then dinner at 6pm, bath and bed time and then it's 7pm. There is no sitting around, lounging, relaxing in front of the TV. It is full time job that doesn't just stop there. Evenings my child wakes up at least once, needing something. And I've heard as they get older, waking up at night continues because of potty training wake-ups, bad dreams, storms, etc. As I said, 24/7.
My working mom friends say the same thing. Mornings are crazy, out the door, dropping off, work, picking up, getting home to play, dinner, bath and bed. I tell all of my working friends they better get a maid because there is no way you can come home from work, spend time with your child and keep a house and be a happy mom.
So yes, Mothers have the best job on the face of the earth, but also the hardest. This is why mother's day should be once a month, or heck, every day. We should honor moms all the time. There should be more door holding for us, car door openings, front parking spots, full serve gas stations, grocery store lines just for moms, post office lines just for moms. Ok, I could keep going here.
I laughed at my husband when our baby was still a newborn and the weekend came and he said, "it's my day off today." And I said, "honey, you are a dad now (a parent), there are no longer any days off!" :)
Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms out there! Enjoy your weekend!!