With the celebration of Mother’s Day yesterday, I’ve been reflecting on what surprises me the most about motherhood. Here’s my list:
Top 15 Things That Surprise Me About Motherhood
- How much I love being introduced and referred to as someone’s mom.
- The impossible mechanics of operating baby equipment (especially those strollers!).
- Feeling my daughter’s pain when she suffered her first loss (even though it was just her pet fish).
- Discovering that making friends with other moms is a lot like high school. (Remember those mean girls? They grew up.)
- That it’s OK to be friends with your kid (at least every now and then.)
- That I have a huge problem with gender-stereotyping by manufacturers and other parents.
- Realizing that the birthday-party circuit can take over your life if you let it.
- If someone hurts my daughter’s feelings, they hurt mine too.
- Accepting our children for who they are (both talents and limitations) takes work sometimes.
- When you compliment my child, you make my day.
- When my daughter is sick, nothing else matters.
- Parent-teacher conferences can be more stressful than job interviews.
- That I’m jealous of how my daughter gets to spend her days–playgrounds, snack times, ice-cream breaks, seeing friends, naps.
- That worrying never stops. (Is she cold? Is she sick? Will she make friends? Will she eat?)
- Sometimes your child will say something that melts your heart, like, “Mom, when I go to college, I want you to be my roommate.”
Happy (belated) Mother’s Day!