Happy Mothers’ Day to all you Mamas! There are many days when our role is beyond exhausting and we need to take a beat to lock ourselves in the pantry to sneak some sweet snacks for fuel. But on this day, I hope it was somewhat relaxing and you are reminded of all the joyful times from being a Mom. Now prepare yourself for some sappiness. That’s right. It’s my day and I’ll be sappy if I want to!…
I love being a Mom. When I was pregnant with Mya, the thought was that I would return to work after maternity leave because I figured staying home everyday with an infant would be boring. But on the day we took Mya home from the hospital and I carried her into her room for the first time, I knew in my heart of hearts that this was what I was meant to do in life.
And you know what? I don’t usually boast or brag, but today I’m just going to say it: “I’m a pretty good Mom.”
Yes, there are nights after both girls are asleep, where I cry and question if I did everything right that day. “Was I right to get frustrated when Mya refused to go to bed and instead wanted to go camping outside?” “Leah seemed worn out all day. Should I have tried to get her to nap more/ longer?” “I need to cook more veggies for Mya.” “Was Leah fussy because of something that I ate?” These questions exhaust me and I know I have so many more face wrinkles because of this!
But what I’m learning to do is grant myself some grace. No, I’m not perfect. I don’t try to be and I don’t want to be. But I’m pretty good. Yet, I realize I can’t take all the credit. This is not a one woman show. There are two people especially that I thank in my prayers everyday for their love and support of my Mom role: Derek and my Mom.
Derek is my best friend and my everyday support system. I feel so incredibly blessed to have a husband that supports my stay-at-home role in all ways. And not just because he brings home the bacon. (Although I do love bacon.) I couldn’t be the Mom that I am without him by my side.
And my Mom… Growing up, she was able to stay home with my brother and me. I have learned so much from her. She is the most giving person that I know and never asks for anything in return. Even when I’m moody and nitpicky, she loves me unconditionally. I would be a hot mess without her in my life.
So on this Mothers’ Day, I hope you can do a few things:
1. Grant yourself some grace.
2. Realize and appreciate the true blessing of motherhood and all the people that help you along the way.
3. Look yourself in the mirror and say, “You know what, I’m a pretty kick ass Mom.” Because you are. You just don’t tell yourself enough.