There is no "off" switch. We just keep moving forward, like the Energizer Bunny on crack.
My socioeconomic background (and the teen mom status and high school level of education that came with it) was always lingering in the back of my mind, making me feel very inadequate. But it also made me work even harder to keep up and grow as much as I possibly could.
The reason I felt joy in finally owning this label is that I realized any stigma that full-time mothers feel is only going to diminish if people like me begin to find the honor and pride in our daily work.
It's harder than hard, this mothering, and some days we love it and some days we don't at all.
You find yourself alone in the kitchen at night, softly singing "Old MacDonald" as you do dishes.
Don't expect to know it all right away, in the first few weeks, or ever. You will find your groove over time, but you will probably never have it all down all the time, and that is normal!
I knew the time would come when I would have to make this decision. That time is now. I have three kids and I am 40 years old. I do not think I am too old, I just told myself this was a good age to stop. Now that I am here, I am not sure I am done.
Stay-at-home moms vs. working moms. Breastfeeding moms vs. formula moms. C-section moms vs. home birth moms. When is it going to end?
I'm a first-time mom, and there have been many times in the past seven months when I've wished for some type of device that could record the absurd thoughts running through my head, especially at night.
Your AC bill is through the roof because you are constantly hot and sweaty. Your pregnancy pillow gets more action than your husband. You have more "accidents" than a newly potty-trained toddler.
My scars tell stories of childhood folly, poor judgment, and horrible luck. My hope is that these stories will someday make the leap from "bar anecdotes" to "teachable moments for my children."
Appropriate: Where's your nose? Inappropriate: Where's your nose? Can you not smell yourself? Whew.
"What do you mean you haven't seen that movie/heard that song/checked out that new TV series yet? It's been out for three weeks!"
No two days with your child are ever alike. And, once you've been in the thick of a developmental stage and think you have something finally figured out, your kids go and change on you.
It's so easy to get caught up in your adult world and tunnel vision and not give a crap about anything but what you need to do next. A 2-year-old is going to get you to stop and enjoy the smaller things in life.
There's a woman who looks like a working mother -- she has a determined walk, but SEEMS a little lost. Don't we all. I wonder if she has the secret sauce to doing this every day, 'cause I sure as hell don't. I want to ask her how she does it.