In the almost 10 years that I've been a mom I have learned so much. Sometimes I look back over that time and I am amazed that I made it through with just some bumps and bruises. I've decided to share with you some of the most important lessons I've learned from being a mom.
- I've learned that there is no other word sweeter than Mommy. Sure sometimes the mere thought of hearing it uttered even once more makes our ears bleed, but think about how excited and proud you were when you heard your child say it for the first time. The instant warmth that filled your heart and soul when your baby looked up at you smiling and said Mommy...there is nothing more precious than that!
- I've learned to be selfless. Knowing that I can put aside my wants and needs to fulfill those of my children has made me a far better person than I used to be. Before I became a mom it was all about me, and honestly my life was sad, empty, and going no where fast...learning that the world doesn't revolve around you is a very humbling thing.
- I've learned that I will never be perfect. This perhaps is one of the most important lessons to be learned. When I was a new mom I was so consumed with doing everything perfect, but I soon realized that there is no such thing...and as soon as I learned that lesson being a mom became so much more fun and not nearly as stressful!
- I've learned that it's OK to need a break from your kids. My wonderful (insert sarcasm here) ex made me feel like a terrible mother for even daring to think that I needed a break, but I realized soon enough that if I didn't allow time for me every now and then I couldn't possibly be a good mom. By giving myself a break I realized that I came back to mommying with a renewed sense of purpose and that definitely makes for a better mommy!
- I've learned that poop and puke are just a part of every day life when you have kids. The longer you spend complaining and bitching about having to clean them up the less time you have to spend with that amazing kid who just vomited all over your new couch!
- And perhaps the most important thing I have learned is that life is short...too short. One day you'll look back (as I am doing right now) and wonder where the time went. One night you'll stand in the window and watch as your first born goes on her first date and you'll swear it was just yesterday that she hated boys. One day you'll be standing in the waiting room at the hospital waiting for your only sons first son to be born and remember when you were the one in the delivery room giving birth to him. Time is precious...so cherish every single moment (the good and the bad).
So in my never ending quest for knowledge I'm curious...what is the most important lesson you've learned being a parent?