Are you a hopeful Mom-to-be? Or maybe you’re a Mom who just needs a reminder that you’re normal. Maybe you’re even totally unsure if you ever want to be a Mom someday because you can’t begin to imagine what it’s like or whether it’s even worth it.
Read on, because this is motherhood!
You know you’re a mom when….
When you’re sure that if you could pick just one super power, you’d choose to have more time in a day.
When you realize you’ve worn the same outfit 2 or 3 days in a row, but are secretly (or even outwardly) okay with that.
When your kids are sick and feeling miserable and you wish you were the one sick if someone has to be.
When your heart feels like it will leap right out of your chest when you catch your children hugging or snuggling. You can hardly believe you get to witness such pure sibling love between your babies.
When you catch yourself “grooming” your child in just such a way that would utterly gross you out if it was anybody else 😉
When you regularly have days you’re ready to tear your hair out and wonder how your small people get to you in such a big way.
When you realize a trip to Target feels like a vacation!
When you’re out with your husband trying to focus on him, but every time you see someone else’s kid the same age as your own, you’re immediately thinking about your babies.
When watching your kid do the things they were made to do – scoring a goal, helping others, performing in a recital – sends your heart soaring and your fingers dialing to call grandparents or texting pictures to friends.
When you realize cleaning up after your kids really does feel just like snow shoveling in a blizzard. 😉
When the first day of preschool or the last day of high school leaves you a hot mess, with tears at the ready.
When hearing your oldest comforting, teaching, helping, or guiding your youngest makes you ridiculously proud.
When the very thought of witnessing your child become a teenager or leave for college, somehow feels unbelievable, impossible, and terrifying – yet hope inducing all at once.
When hearing of another mom losing a child, or a child losing their mom breaks your heart in two.
When you realize you can hardly remember life before kids, even though your oldest is a toddler.
When you understand your heart really will have forever left your chest since the day your kids were born.
When you come to believe that motherhood is the hardest, but best job in the whole world. That it’s more than worth it, and you wouldn’t have it any other way!
“Having a child is momentous. To forever have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone
What would you add that sums up motherhood to you? What fears, hopes, or dreams do you have about motherhood?
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I’d like to add that it doesn’t matter how old your kids are . Your heart will lift when they are happy, your stomach will knot when they worry you and you’ ll always be thankful God blessed you with the most wonderful children ever.
I LOVE this post! Especially the part about siblings – I never knew how amazing it would be to see my kids love on each other 🙂
Yes! Couldn’t agree more 🙂
These are the greatest! Yesterday I was so overwhelmed with my two youngest children, and I was so ready to call it a day right after dinner. When I went to bed, however, I couldn’t help but check on them sleeping one more time. They are just so sweet and my babies. Only my kids could make me pull my hair out, but love them unconditionally at the same time.
Oh the life of a mom! You are in good company 🙂
This is so spot on. I caught my boys cuddling yesterday and I just about melted into a little weepy puddle. Tweeting to share with my readers!
🙂 Thanks for sharing Amanda!
Oh, yes! I can relate to almost all! I’m sharing this gem today!
Awe thanks Sarah!
This is a great post. Becoming a mother was the best thing that I have ever done.
So sweet! Love that Shelah!
I so enjoyed this… oh memory lane (my girls are young adults now) – such sweet times and I am so looking forward to one day being a grandmother! Thanks for sharing this – I enjoyed it!
Thanks Clare! Great to hear your perspective!
Earlier this week, I was having one of *those* days. This post is a welcome reminder that our motherly labors are not done in vain. I especially love your point about the joy that comes from seeing our older children comforting and teaching the younger ones.
That warms my heart! Thanks so much for sharing, Andrea!
Oh wow! I love this post! So accurate! And it sure does feel like shoveling a blizzard constantly cleaning up after kids. Thanks for sharing!
Haha I love it! Thanks Amanda 😉
When you wake up at night and go into your kids’ rooms just to make sure they are okay! Great post!
Yep – very true! 😉
Love these! All so true. Made me smile 🙂
Awww yay 🙂