I can’t believe that this is the second Mother’s Day that I’ve had a chance to celebrate as a mom. As I meet some of the moms-to-be out there, I put myself in their shoes, back to when I was in that moment. As I do that, I think about all of the things that I didn’t know before Piper came into this world. I figured that I’d share those thoughts with you as I know a lot of you would relate.
Before becoming a mom, I didn’t know…
1) That I’d be thrown up on so many times.
2) How many different colours of poop there could be.
3) That I’d actually care what colour poop was and know what it meant.
4) How exhausted I’d be just trying to keep a house clean.
5) How it’s just not possible to keep a house clean.
6) That anything has the potential to break in such little hands.
7) How many uses a toilet bowl had, including a tooth brush cleaner and a splash pool.
8) What the heck a Bubble Guppy was.
9) That I’d instantly love every second of it.
10) How proud and happy I could be through every ‘expected’ milestone.
11) How a hug from such tiny arms could hold so much power.
12) That my life would become amazing.
It’s not always easy being a mom and the worry I carry for my daughter will only fade, not disappear. At the end of every decision, I catch myself asking “Is this the right way?”. Once I learnt that there really isn’t a right way when parenting, things started to get easier. Things will be fine. Behind every amazing child is mom who may look like everything is under control, but really, she doesn’t have a clue.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms in my life, especially those who had a part in shaping the person I am today and continue to grow to be.
I want to send out a special message for an amazing lady who never gave up on people and inspired those around her. Not only was she a bright light in my life, but the only light in the darkness for many young kids and teenagers. This beacon of hope proved that you didn’t need to have a child in order to be a mother. I’ll forever miss you, Deb.