Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mommy Wisdom through On the Job Training

Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful mothers! I am most thankful for my own mother and the important role of love and support she has in my life. My mom even still goes out of her way to make things special for me. Love you, Mom! I am also thankful for all of the women who have come into my life and treated me as their daughter, allowing me to become part of their families and showing me such love and support.

This is a picture of me, my mom, my princess, my Mema, and my lovely sister.
Things have been a little heavy on here lately and I thought it was time to lighten up a bit. So I am going to share some things I have learned from being a mommy. These are things that people can tell you about, but you don't truly understand until you are a mom and it happens to you.

1. You know how when you're pregnant you can't remember things because blood is diverted from your brain? After you have children, you never get those brain cells back. I USED to have a great memory. My kids have sucked out those brain cells and they just don't work anymore.

2. There are some things that little boys are naturally interested in: rocks, dirt, things with wheels, and their privates. Also, they don't have good aim and they like to pee outside.

3. There are some things that come very naturally to little girls: manipulating their daddy, singing cute little songs, and being a drama queen top the list. Oh, and little girls talk A LOT.

4. When you have kids you never get to go to the bathroom by yourself again. There's always someone looking for you, calling your name, and if you don't answer, they will come and bang down the door to get to you.

5. You can never fully child-proof a room. They will always find something to get hurt on, whether it's chewing through the drywall on the window sill or biting through the little lightbulb on the nightlight. Yes, I know this from my little prince, who was oh so oral as a toddler.

6. Never, ever take a hot shower for granted. With twin infants, there were days that a shower was a luxury I just couldn't afford and washing my hair or shaving my legs were reserved for special occasions.

7. No matter how much you resist, you will at some point hear your mother's words coming out of your mouth. You know, those things you said you'd never say to your own kids? Yep, you'll say them! And your parents will let your kids get away with things they'd never let you do!

My cute mom, the new grandma!

8. A clean house is over-rated. Not only is it impossible to attain with little mess makers running around, it's much more fun to play. Kids are only little for a short while, why not make the most of it?

9. Hugs, kisses, and a sweet "I love you Mommy," will melt your heart and make you forget that your favorite trinket was just broken.

10. Children are a gift from God. They are on loan to us and are meant to be enjoyed. You will never know how much God loves you, until you have a child of your own. Then you get it.

This was our first family photo. Isn't it sweet? The twins were a little over a month old.

Yes, children turn your life upside down. You don't get a full night's sleep anymore and you don't recognize your former self, but I wouldn't trade any minute of it. I am reminded of that after the kids are asleep, the house is quiet, and while I've been looking forward to their bedtime all afternoon, I suddenly miss them and their sweet chatter. Being a Mommy is the best job in the world!


  1. The pics are great. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I enjoyed seeing your journey so far! Such a sweet post:)

  3. Erin, you have so much to look forward to with sweet little Jude. I hope you had a wonderful first Mother's Day!

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier :)

    I think I could have written this exact post, especially the part about losing your good memory!!
    And your daughter sounds a lot like mine.