Monday, August 20, 2012

Till I was a mommy....

Aside from all the serious aspects of motherhood, I have been thinking lately about the things that just never crossed my mind until I was a mom, such as:

  • What to do when you have to go to the bathroom. Seriously the first couple days when I was home alone and our baby was mobile.....I was like, "What do I do with her?" I can't leave her alone cause she'll get into something. She doesn't like to sit on my lap cause she just wants to grab/shred the toilet paper which I won't let her do and then we're in a struggle over the TP while trying to go to the bathroom..........mmmkay. So thankfully girly likes to just stand at the bathtub and peer inside (and through toys inside). Solution!
  • Unloading Groceries. Most people probably have a different situation cause they live in actual houses with driveways. : ) But we live in an apartment with a busy parking lot a few flights down. Again, when she just sat in her carseat it was noooooo problem. But once she was crawling/walking I didn't want to leave her in the car in the busy lot.......but I don't have a bouncer or walker to toss her in while I frantically run up and down. So it comes down to the crib. Which I hate cause I feel like it messes with sleep training, since this one time she gets to come out when she cries cause it's not actually nap time. I wish she would just play in there while I unload so I didn't have to sprint up and down the flights of stairs with arms full of bags while listening to her scream, but oh well!
  • When you don't get to shower before your husband leaves. This is sometimes the hardest for me! I am busy making his lunch and helping him get out the door while trying to feed her, etc. and before I know it he's gone and she's up and at it and I have not showered :( Do you wait till nap time? Again, this is where the crib comes in. And again I hate it cause it messes with sleep training. I have tried just letting her stand in the bathroom but she kept pulling the curtain aside and drenching herself......kind of entertaining :) haha
  • I know this is a given.........but seriously!!!!!! How easy it was to just "run out the door". Before Juliana's birth, when my friends/family would call and see if I wanted to grab coffee or lunch I could legitimately run out the door. Now when I say, "ok I'm running out" it means, I need to pack her bag, prepare her some food (haha, it was easier when she was JUST breastfed, food with you everywhere....tmi!) throw make-up on, ponytail done, choke-able item fished out of her mouth as we then walk out the door :) 
  • How little I could "accomplish" in a day and still feel like I was running around like crazy. Not to tute my own horn cause I'm sure this is true for many of you.....but seriously before I had Jules I could get so much done in a day. I could run a million errands, work a shift, clean the house, make a nice dinner and end it with watching a movie with my hubs. There are many days lately that the end of the day is nearing and (apart from taking care of my child.........ahem) and I realize I have only finished one basket of laundry.
  • BUT........Wow what I can do during nap time! It didn't take me long into motherhood to realize, Oh, I'm not going to get much done while she is awake. Nap time is key!!!!! Are you ever in awe of how much you just got down while they were taking their precious 2-3 hour nap!!!?? (unless of course I spend it blogging..........then nothing gets done!)
  • I honestly didn't understand what Stay at Home mom's did all day. For any of you that have been asked, even with the best intentions, "so......what do you do all day?" I used to think, "I've babysat......I know what it's like!" I thought stay at home mom's daily agenda consisted of play dates at the park (oh my how stressful), playing with their kids, and being a housewife plus a little more. What I didn't understand was the enormous responsibility of raising your child. Of pouring into them and teaching them all day long. Of how many times you could play the same game, read the same book and play peek a boo :) 
  • Of how much love could fill my heart. I have to be honest, I used to get a little upset when people would tell me, "You don't know how much you can really love someone till you have a child". I loved my husband, my family and my friends and didn't appreciate people telling me that I didn't really know what love was since I wasn't a mom. But I think what they were trying to say, is I didn't know the feeling of my heart swelling with love so intense for something so small and that it was up to me to watch, care and love this tiny one. She is a part of me, and apart from all these silly things I never thought of, I could never trade the privilege of being her mommy. I am in love with motherhood :) 




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17 comments:

Laura Carroll said...

Just wait til she says, "I love you, mommy." Super heart swell and makes all the days with no showers, unfolded laundry, and always running late worth it. You are doing a great job being her mommy, btw.

Lena @ Mom2MemphisAndRuby said...

This is all so true! Thanks for stopping by Mom2MemphisAndRuby... I'm your newest follower!

Mom of A and a said...

Beautiful thoughts! I'm now following you. Hope you can visit my blog when you get the chance!

Pamela said...

Hello lovely lady! :) Just wanted to thank you for visiting/following my blog and for the sweet comment you left! So happy to meet you!
I love how similar our mommy posts were!! I feel you on everything you wrote about here, especially how much we SAHMs do, and how much love comes from being a mother! It's just so amazing!
Look forward to reading more from you!<3

The Not Quite Military Wife said...

This is so sweet and it gives me so much to look forward to once my own little one comes along! Thanks for stopping by, I'm now a follower!

Jenny Bardsley said...

Hi! I'm a new follower from the Naptime Review blog hop. I loooove this post because it's all so true! Getting a shower in..is nearly impossible, sometimes isn't? Sometimes I would put my baby in his high chair and wheel it into the bathroom. That way, I could see him and he was strapped in and I could open the shower curtain and peak out at him...just a thought for you maybe??
From Jenny @ www.cassandrazcorner.blogspot.com

Memoirs of Me & Mine said...

I love this post. There's so much you don't realize until you are a mommy.

http://www.memoirsofmeandmine.com/

Bevin said...

Stopping by from Wednesday's blog hop! As a new mommy to an almost seven month old, I love this post!
So much in life has changed since my little guy came around! But, I wouldn't change any of it!
I'm looking forward to following your posts!

BeaumontGirl said...

Thank you Bevin!!! Your blog is adorable! Did you design it? And your little man is such a cutie!! Following you right back :) Excited that you are my 100th follower!

BeaumontGirl said...

Ohhh that is a great idea! thank you for sharing!!! I am headed to your blog right now :)

BeaumontGirl said...

Thanks Pamela!!!! have a great day!!!! :)

BeaumontGirl said...

I will for sure!

Amy said...

What a great post! Now that I'm a SAHM I can relate to some of what you are saying although Cash isn't completely mobile yet. He is a roller as of right now! :) Following you back! :)

Alexis Guess said...

Love this entry! Literally brought tears to my eyes!

And for the shower problem, when I just had one, I would just always bring Noelle in with me. With two, it seems I was much more motivated to shower at times when they were either being watched or sleeping. :)

BeaumontGirl said...

That's a good idea! Thanks Alexis! :)

BeaumontGirl said...

hahah the fun is just beginning for you!!!!!

Mom of A and a said...

would you consider linking this to the Mommy Brain Mixer? Here's the link in case you're interested: http://momofbigalittlea.blogspot.com/2012/08/andits-here-mommy-brain-mixer.html