- My patience (though it runs short at times), overall, runs deeper than I ever could have imagined.
- Sure, I lose it and blow up at my kids. Just this morning I stomped on the floor and yelled when my son spat out cereal onto the floor. But, for that one time of losing it, I experience at least 50 more times when I’ve stuck with it, dug deep, and kept my cool beyond what I thought was possible of myself in that moment. And I have no idea how that happens. That’s a lie; yes I do.
- Being a mom has brought my and my family’s mortality into sharp focus, causing me to make decisions based on whether or not I’d have regrets on my deathbed.
- This may sound horribly morbid, and while it is morbid, I don’t think it’s horrible. Watching my kids grow up like weeds before my eyes reminds me how short and precious life really is, and this just shoves all the important stuff front and center.
- I don’t have control over anything. Like, at all.
- While this is easy to type and easy for my intellectual brain to grasp, my emotional core is still working on accepting it. I have a feeling I’ll always come back to rage-cleaning the kitchen when I feel like my life is more out of control than normal.
- Working with a partner to try and raise two healthy, happy, fed, (mostly) clothed, well-adjusted kids is the hardest thing ever.
- What threw me on this one is that I thought the hardest thing ever would be staying at home, by myself, with these kids all day everyday. And yes, when Daddy is home I get the physical help with the child-wrangling. But, when he’s not here there’s no discussion about what there is to be done (unless you count the one constantly running through my head) – I just do it. There’s no need to communicate, “Ok, you do this and I’ll do that” I just do it all. There’s no need to scream at the other person, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! WE’RE LATE!” because, during the day, it’s just me. Often, the effort it takes to try and work together and delegate and communicate (read: scream to each other over the din of also-screaming children), is so exhausting that it feels easier to just bare down and do it all. (Does anyone else feel this way? I feel like I did a shit job of explaining what I mean, because I am in NO WAY ungrateful for the job my husband does raising our kids and keeping the household together. There’s no way I could do this job alone and stay sane.)
- I can do more on little sleep than I ever thought possible.
- I don’t function well on little sleep. I turn into a rabid zombie chainsaw killer. While I still suffered (still suffer-ing, actually) with each kid, there’s just something amazingly tender and potent about your chillins that make you want to do the opposite of kill them, even on scary few hours of sleep.
- (Going along with the previous point) Never underestimate the power of naps.
- Naps come from heaven. Naps are good for all involved. Covet them. Create time for them. Force them if you have to.
- I need free time to feel like myself.
- This wasn’t obvious to me when I had a whole shit-ton of free time, but it sure is now.
- I have a feeling that raising these kids is going to be my life’s most important work (with therapy a close second).
- My kids will be kind, thoughtful, compassionate, productive human beings if it’s the only thing I do.
- I am really good at this mom gig. Like, I kick ass at it.
- Seriously. As hard as it is, even though I constantly make mistakes and lose my cool. I learn from those mistakes, I model how to say sorry and repair the damage. I remember doctor’s appointments. I know where 90% of the toys are in my house at any given time. I keep my house more than bearably clean. I can get two kids diaper changed, dressed, fed, potty, shoes, socks, jackets, car seats, out the door in 45 minutes. You heard me! I get fairly good sleep. I make my bed everyday. I help keep our cat alive (wait, we have a cat too?!). I pack for vacations and camping trips and beach trips and walks to the park…and I remember 99% of all the things we could ever need in case of the zombie apocalypse. I do the laundry AND FOLD IT. AND PUT IT AWAY! Sometimes that only takes a week to complete. I remember to buy toilet paper. I remember birthdays and parties and shopping for gifts for said parties. And wrapping the damn present for said said parties. Not to mention remembering to BRING said wrapped present to said parties. I kiss boo-boos and give hugs and make lunches and clean up. I clean up all fucking day.
…and then, after all that, I get up and do it again the next day, and the next, and the next.
NaBloPoMo Day 7
I can’t say I can do all the things on your list, and I live by myself…
I’ll take that as s compliment, so thanks, but it’s not a competition. I do those things because I have to, because it’s me and my life. And you’re in yours.
It was meant as one :)
Thanks again! And thanks for commenting. I haven’t had an actual conversation on this blog in a long time.
:) I will be back for more, when things calm down a bit here
Best post ever! You nailed it on the head! My kids are long grown and flown, but this post too me back to the motherhood trenches. Thank you for the blessed memories.
Aw, you’re welcome. And thanks.