We love our Supermoms! This month we’ve asked you to share about your lives as mothers. Here are your answers! And we might be biased, but we’re so proud to be in a community with moms like you!
Why do you love being a mom?
On the rare occasion my kids do something that makes me smile and feel like I'm doing a good job. For example, we were outside playing at a playground and there were 4 siblings there with 3 scooters. All the older kids took the 3 scooters and took off leaving the youngest crying because he wanted to ride one. My daughter ran to our house and got her scooter for him to play with. I was so proud of her for being so kind and noticing/fixing the problem.
(Sorry, I guess I shouldn't say on the "rare occasion" I meant that I rarely get to witness these things because they are in school or I'm just not there to see it.)
Getting to see and be a part of so much of their development. Watching them go from sweet sleepy babes, snuggling on my chest to crawlers discovering their world to little people sitting there reading a book to himself (one I've read to him a million times) and challenging boundaries, becoming more confident.
Also motherhood has given me so much more confidence as a person. I'm better at dealing with stress and trusting my gut, seeing the big picture and letting go of the bad.
What did your mom teach you about being a mom?
To always keep them in your prayers and you really don’t know everything because kids surprise us.
That my brothers and I were the best accomplishment of her life and to treat all people with respect!
What is something no one told you about motherhood?
That it's okay to be frustrated and make mistakes and feel like you don't know what the heck you are doing - your kids will love you anyway!
Remember nobody's perfect. Everybody has a different way of doing things and that's fine! Life will go on and the little things that you screw up will soon be forgotten! Be a peaceful mama and kids and hug every boo boo!
That sometimes your child will say something do profound that it will stop you in your tracks. And you'll know it will all be OK.
What advice do you have for a first time mother?
I've learned we all seem to have the same or similar worries and the babes have their own timetable. You aren't alone, you aren't weird, and there is no shame in asking for help/support!
Hire a postpartum doula or have someone hire one for you.
What is the funniest thing one of your children has done?
When my now 12 yr old son was 2, he was helping me put away groceries. I had bought douche, and the box had opened, so all the bottles (sans applicators) were loose in the bag. My son comes running to me, douche bottle in each hand, yelling "Kool-aid, mommy, Kool-aid!" He then proceeded to have a complete melt down, first because I said no, then because I couldn't help laughing like crazy lol. 10 years later, I still get a laugh out of it.
My potty training son tried to poop in the yard the other day because the dog does it.
What is the best advice another mom gave you?
Don't get caught up in when your children hit milestones compared to other people's children. They will all get there, it's not a race. Just enjoy it!
She said "Don’t listen to other moms."
Smile and say "thank you" to the random pieces of advice you get (from family, friends, and strangers); then do what you want to do. You know you and you know your kid better than anyone.
*My mom told me this and included herself. Even now (I have a 4.5 yo and a 9 m.o.) when she gives me advice, she reminds me that I don't have to take it.
Be careful when confronting a mother, because the kids will be playing at recess tomorrow with it all forgotten!
Enjoy your children at the stage they are in and try not to rush it. They are really only little once. And, appreciate (verbally) ANYTHING your hubby does to help with the baby.... even if he doesn’t do it just like you do
Get an amber necklace... and if you have no energy Franklin Goose will mail it to you!!!! Every momma has been so thankful to know you all will do this for them.
(Thanks, Christine! It’s our pleasure.)
What is your favorite Mothers’ Day memory?
Right now. Laying on the beach with Zoe sleeping on my chest. I’ll never forget this moment. Amazing!
How many hugs did you get as gifts on Mother’s Day?
I got kisses from a baby that learned to "give me a kiss" and "blow a kiss to mommy" this week. Best present ever!