Sigh. Can you remember the days before? Before babies? Freedom and fun and less stress. If you worried, it was about a pay raise, or if the boy down the street liked you, or what you were going to wear. Now . . . do you ever have days when you question your sanity? Wonder if they (meaning the kids!) are worth it? Read on . . . maybe you'll agree!
- I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
- I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
- I never thought about immunizations.
- I had never been puked on, messed or wet on, chewed on.
- I had complete control over my mind and my thoughts.
- I slept all night.
- I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests. Or give shots.
- I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
- I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
- I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep. Or waiting on a late homecoming child.
- Before I was a Mom I never held a sleeping child just because I didn't want to put him down.
- I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.
- I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.\
- I never knew that I could love someone so much.
- I never knew I would love being a Mom.
- Before I was a mom, I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
- I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. Or a growing teenager.
- I didn't know about that bond between mother and child.
- I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.
- Before I was a mom, I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
- I didn't know the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a mom.
- I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much being a mom.
Shh! Don't tell hubby (or the kids), but lay these hints somewhere easily seen . . . and wait for results. If, worse case scenario, they are kinda dense, then casually read them aloud or wave paper in front of their darling faces. And if all else fails, lay down the law. This and this and this is what I want! It might just work! Smile.
* Breakfast in bed is always a wonderful thing. Although if you serve her breakfast in bed, she should not have to get up and clean the mess up that was made making it.
* Flowers are always a great idea, BUT a beautiful plant planted in the yard with a bow on it, is always nicer. She can look at it year after year and think of you.
* Daily chores should not have to be done. Mothers always have things they have to do, just STOP her and send her to her favorite chair with a book she has not be able to finish.
* Cards made are always better than cards bought! Dads, get the kids (when she is out) to make her one!
* For those expecting mothers and Dads to be . . . take her to a local Spa and let them pamper her for awhile. It is not easy being pregnant!
* More than likely she is going to want to spend it with her mother, get the kids ready for her that way she can give herself more time to spend on herself that day.
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY! No, it's not the end of the world. It's the last day for you to participate in my Mother's Day contest. We've got about 10 name suggestions. So . . . check out Tuesday's "Contest! Contest!" blog for the details.
Those of you who posted a comment about Donna Fleisher's interview blog, please make sure to email her with your address at: donna at donnafleisher dot com
Or . . . if you'd like me to send it to her, I'll be glad to do it.
The answer to yesterday's trivia question: A pine tree. Catch cha' next week . . .
A hero is someone who does something for someone else at personal sacrifice. -- Rick Warren
Hmmm. Is he talking about a woman?
A wonderful Mother's Day to all of YOU, my wonderful readers!