Every year it never gets any less odd having a “day off” from typical mom duties while still getting to spend the day with my princess. I am so used to going, going, going, every day that slowing down for that one is very welcomed. My husband always makes a point to make it extra special and do something he knows that I will love. Le hubs and Emma surprised me with a lox and mimosa picnic on the beach… although the non stop wind did make it a bit interesting. I apologize for all the insta posts throughout the day;).
In honor of Mother’s day here are a few things that being a mother has taught me…
1) Mess is inevitable, just go with it. No matter how hard I try the house will never be clean for more than an hour after even the deepest of cleanings. There will always be rainbow loom bands, markers, stuffed animals and little socks all over the floor. No matter how many times I pick these things up they are right back on the floor five minutes later… and the neat freak in me has become okay with that, it actually makes me laugh at times.
2) You can never fully prepare yourself to have your heart living outside your chest. I worry anytime Emma is not with me, even when she is just at school. I feel like nobody could ever keep her as safe as me. I miss her like crazy at these times too. Although the work/school day is only 8 hours long I look forward to her smiling face more than anything at the end of the day.
3) How to multitask and react quickly. I literally have cat like reflexes now and can work, help with homework, carry on a conversation, clean and cook all at once. Before Emma I could barely walk and talk at the same time without tripping over my own two feet.
4) NOTHING goes as planned. I remember reading books about parenthood and the “right way to do things”. The perfect mother does not exist. Children fall, they get hurt, and they will be sad. That you can not prevent, but in those moments your hugs and kisses make everything right with the world again. Just as your child’s eskimo kisses and cuddles can fix even the worst of days.
5) I may not always be her best friend, but she will be mine. I refuse to accept that there will be a day where my little princess will be “too cool” to hang out with me. My husband tells me it’s coming but Emma promises me it is not! Our mommy/daughter days are some of my favorite memories.
6) I am still learning. I can not force Emma to do anything but rather give her the tools and love she needs to be successful and make the right choices. I can not always be right by her side and have to trust in her ability to take on the world.
7) The little things are the big things. Don’t miss them! Your parents and grandparents weren’t lying when they said children grow up so quickly… it’s actually quicker!
To all the full time doctors, teachers, chauffeurs, coaches, personal chefs, hairstylists, maids, on call personal assistants, monster chasers… mothers out there, Happy (belated) Mother’s Day!