Thursday, May 17, 2007

Being Mom

If Kat took the not-so-serious approach to this theme, then I'm taking the backward approach. Rather than talking about having a mom, I thought I'd talk about being one.

Nothing I've done has changed who I am as much as having children. Nothing I've done has taught me as much and here are a few lessons I've learned in the last 12 years.

1. You don't need as much sleep as you think you do. It is possible to function after spending the night in a rocking chair with a sick toddler in your lap.

2. "Mom!" "Mooooooommm!" "Mommeeee!" and "Mah-ah-ah-ahmmm!" don't all mean the same thing and over time it gets easier to tell the difference.

3. If something can't be washed, it's not worth having.

4. "Because I said so," is a perfectly legitimate answer to many questions.

5. If you find ever find yourself in a sinking lifeboat and you can save either your spouse or your child, the decision is a no-brainer.

6. One day you will hear your mother's voice coming out of your own mouth.

7. It's possible to be proud and mortified at the same time.

8. It is of monumental importance to be able to divide the last brownie into exactly equal parts.

9. Two identical toys are never two identical toys.

10. Giving birth is the easy part.

I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day!