Out of all the jobs I have had in my life, being a mom is the hardest. There are days when I question why I became a mom in the first place. I gave up so much!
Gone are the days of relaxing at night and watching my shows. Now we watch Full House (for the second time in my life). I no longer get to decide where to go out to eat because I let my kids choose. My weekends are filled with sports and birthday parties. I feel like an UBER driver, but I don’t get paid. I still get woken up during the night by my kids when they are sick or have bad dreams. I help with homework and Common Core makes me want to drink. A. lot. I clean up cuts and hug out bad days. Some days I feel like it’s all just too much.
Then I have those good days. The ones that remind me how this job is soooo worth it. Those days remind me not what I have given up but what I have gained. I have gained more LOVE than I ever thought possible.
Rob and I created a family. We have three kids with amazing personalities and talents. They make me laugh harder that anyone else can. They make me cry because when their feelings are hurt, mine get hurt more. Watching them succeed makes me feel like I have succeeded too. I taught them to walk and now they can run, do gymnastics and play sports. I taught them some words and now I get to hear, “I love you”. I taught them how to share and make friends. Now they all have great friends that they love to spend time with.
Watching them grow into amazing kids makes me feel like the luckiest person on earth. Yeah, this job is hard and under-paid. The hours suck, and the days are long BUT I am so glad I get to be their mom. There is no one else I would rather be.
To all the moms- Celebrate yourself today. Being a mom is challenging work and you’re doing an amazing job.
Lastly, to my mom. You taught me patience, how to love, how to care for others and how to be considerate. You gave me a chance to learn and grow and be whatever I wanted to be. I chose motherhood because I knew if I was half the mom you were, I would be an amazing one. Thanks for everything you have done for me and all the sacrifices you have made. Love you to the moon and back.