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What no one tells you about becoming a Mother.

Being a mom is a lot of things.

It’s seeing your child for the first time and being blown away by how much you could possibly love such a small bundle of joy.

It’s long days and long nights trying to figure out how to put that baby to sleep.

Being a mom is letting go of that tiny finger while she takes her first steps.

It’s washing her face covered in yogurt and helping her grasp a spoon.

It’s laughing at her Santa beard made out of bubbles in the bath tub.

It’s playing tea party for the fifth time, and reading Goodnight Moon just one more time.

It’s being lonely when all your old friends go out on a Friday night and you don’t have a sitter.

It’s feeling worried that you’ll have to choose between your job and your child.

It’s the knot in your belly as you take your sick child to the emergency room the first time.

It’s “Daddy, spin me around again and again”.

It’s hiding your broken heart when your child doesn’t make the team she she really, really wanted to.

It’s sleeping in the bathroom because the stomach bug infected everyone.

It’s rushing home to make dinner and staying up past bedtime to finish the dishes.

It’s staying strong when you want to cry. Or sometimes… it’s crying when you want to stay strong.

It’s getting up in the morning when you really want to sleep in.

It’s picking up mismatched socks, hundreds of lego’s, and thousands of Goldfish.

It’s packing a lunch with a note that says “I love you, Kid”.

It’s letting them go to their first sleepover and anxiously watching your phone for a text.

It’s arguing and making up.

It’s apologizing countless times.

And forgiving as much.

It’s smiling as they drive away in their first car.

And wishing they’d just come home soon.

It’s showing up to their game and waving from afar.

It’s hugging them even when they tell you it is embarrassing.

It’s listening to them when you want to talk.

And biting your tongue when you want to yell.

It’s allowing the space to happen, when all you want to do is cuddle with them in bed.

And letting them cry alone when they say they need alone time.

But being there when they are ready for a hug.

It’s realizing that My Little Pony and Princesses are far behind.

And that’s OK.

Because she is still your little girl.

It’s taking them to their first college dorm or apartment room.

And setting up a microwave.

And a bedside table.

and…

Putting a note on their bedside before you go that says, “I love you, Kid.”

And letting go…

And being strong…

Until you let the floodgates open on the drive home….

And rejoicing in it all.

And promoting a great adventure for her.

Cheering her on.

Being her greatest advocate.

And counselor…

And reminding her that God is with her ALWAYSā€¦.

It’s hard.

And beautiful.

And terrifying.

And delightful.

Being a mom…

What is being a Mom?

If you are a Mom, you are incredible.

To all the moms out there today who don’t know what it is to be a mom.

It is LOVE.

That’s it.

And all.

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14 Comments

  • Reply melissa chapman

    Love this post my kids are older now but I still want to remember them when they were little. Being a mom is full of dedication and caring all the time.

    February 10, 2020 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Liz Mays

    This is too sweet. It definitely brings back some memories of raising kids. There are so many surprises that you just have to run with.

    February 10, 2020 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Tasheena

    This is so true. Being a mother comes with so much hidden gems.

    February 10, 2020 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply Jamie H

    It is definitely the most incredible experience I’ve ever had. Who knew you could have such a fierce love for someone?

    February 10, 2020 at 4:55 pm
  • Reply Amber Myers

    Yes this is true! Being a mom is tough, but it’s the best job ever. And the funniest!

    February 10, 2020 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Brandy

    There is so much we don’t learn about being a mother, but I guess we get to learn in during the moments. Loved reading this so much. My firstborn is going to graduate high school and be an adult this year, so my whole view of motherhood is this bittersweet journey so to speak, right now.

    February 10, 2020 at 10:27 pm
  • Reply Chef Dennis

    Oh wow! This is such a great blog. Really heartwarming. I will definitely share this with my loving wife.

    February 11, 2020 at 2:56 am
  • Reply cait

    oh this def touched me friend- im a mama too and there are a lot of things i didn’t realize until becoming a mother myself. sharing this with a few mom friends šŸ™‚

    February 11, 2020 at 4:33 am
  • Reply Lynndee

    Being a mom is a joy. It can be tiring but fulfilling. It is a lot of things and it is so worth it.

    February 11, 2020 at 6:57 am
  • Reply Kathy

    I can completely relate with all of these. Being a mom is definitely different then you may think. It’s both wonderful and stressful at times.

    February 11, 2020 at 7:15 am
  • Reply Ruth I

    I am not a mom yet but somehow I can relate. These are all so true!

    February 11, 2020 at 8:22 am
  • Reply Beth

    Thank you for sharing this, it is beautiful. It brought back so many memories and made me tear up a little.

    February 11, 2020 at 8:36 am
  • Reply Esther Irish

    Oh my heart! Each one of my five kids has changed me. The love is indescribable.

    February 11, 2020 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Tami Qualls

    You mean you get away with only playing tea party five times, not 100?!? Motherhood is so hard, but it is definitely worth it. I am enjoying my children currently in their ages of adulthood and middle school.

    February 11, 2020 at 10:53 am
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