Sunday, April 22

Top Ten Reasons Why I Love Mamahood

The work of a mother isn't for the weak-hearted. You've heard the saying where they talk about the 27 or whatever jobs of a mother, right? Nurse, teacher, maid, blah blah blah. Well I'm here to dispel any rumors or speculations about it and tell you that silly little saying is, as a matter of fact, true.

It's easy to get frustrated and feel overwhelmed as a mom, especially as a single parent acting as both mom and dad. Once in awhile I need a reminder as to what possessed me to ever participate in any procreating activities.

I apologize... that was TMI, even for me.

But as I was saying, in spirit of the frustrations that inevitably come with this life-long job, I created a list of why I love being a mom, which I have aptly named "The Top Ten Reasons Why I Love Mamahood."

I know. My creativity is just inspiring. You don't have to tell me. 

But seriously, being a parent is pretty awesome. And without further ado, let me tell you why.

The Top Ten Reasons Why I Love Mamahood

10. Special Surprises 

I am brandishing nothing other than, yes, a light saber. I found it in the sheets after crawling into bed the other night. Do you find light sabers in YOUR bed? No? How very unfortunate for you.

9. Giggles, Hugs, and Kisses

Even the most worn out mom cannot argue with this one: when a small toddler cracks up, giggling like a madman, you WILL smile. No matter how exhausted you are. Or if he walks up to you and gives you a hug or a kiss, you WILL smile. You just can't help it. I'm pretty sure that's a law of nature or something. A child's good mood is contagious. It's like some kind of weird little infectious plague of joy and happiness.

And if, for some reason, it doesn't, we humans wish you the best of luck going through life with no soul.

8. There's Always Something

This one is pretty self explanatory. Do you fellow parents recall those long ago days when you actually felt... bored? I know, I know, I can scarcely remember it myself. That feeling is a rare occasion indeed in the life of a mama. There is ALWAYS something to do. A game to be played, a song to be sung, a park to be explored... and let's not forget, shall we, the real glamorous part of Mamahood, like the diaper to be changed or the bath to be had. Quite frankly, there's never a dull moment in the life of a parent.

And even when you do a small thing, such as going on the trampoline, it's always an adventure. As you can see, Handsome Dude gets all kinds of excited about the trampoline.

Now do me a favor and take a moment, will you, and look at his hair. I FINALLY have proof, Handsome Dude is not bald! He has hair and it is long and soft and beautiful. Do not vigorously nod your heads in agreement all at the same time, dear readers, for fear of causing me to turn bright red with pleasure.

7. Change Of Perspective

Upon becoming a mother, you see things very differently than you did before. This doesn't instantly happen the second you give birth, but by the time your kid is a year old, it's pretty safe to say you've changed. There is very little that can actually push your buttons, and you just don't sweat the small stuff anymore. Truth is, if you did, you'd be a big frazzled mess of shot nerves and craziness, and you would need somebody to come and mother you.

A key element to success as a single (or married) mother is humor. You find the funny side of those less-than-fortunate situations and learn to laugh instead of stress out when, for example, Handsome Dude dumps his juice on the floor for the third time. In a row. Unrelated note to self: I really need to buy a sippie cup.

But truth be told, toddlers are free entertainment, 24/7. The things they say and do are just plain funny.

And Handsome Dude clearly concurs, as you can see below. He finds himself to be quite the comedian, you know, and when he simply cannot contain himself anymore and it is just too funny to handle for even a second longer, he clutches his chest (see exhibit a) and then bows his head in some kind of gesture of reverence, I think, to the hilarity of the moment (exhibit b).


It's awesome.

6. Men

This one is obviously not applicable to the mothers who are married. But when you become a mother, the whole "men" thing pretty much takes a back burner. Of course that's not to say you aren't interested in men anymore, because, hello, has anybody seen Reggie Bush without his shirt on?

If you haven't, I feel badly for you, and I have taken it upon myself to enlighten you immediately to the pleasure that is Reggie Bush shirtless. 

Okay, who am I kidding? Shirt, sans shirt, I do not care. That right there is a man I would drink orange juice with.

But as I was saying...

Men and dating in general all of a sudden becomes really easy and totally uncomplicated. It's hard to explain but it just does.

Girls with kids recognize a grown-up baby when they see one. You will never find any mamas dating (or, as I should say, babysitting) a man-child.

5. Insta-Friends

I'm no uber social butterfly or anything, but in my lifetime I've talked to hundreds of strangers and I can honestly say having a child is basically the god of all icebreakers. Being a parent or just kids in general is something people relate to and talk about. With a toddler as your accessory, everywhere you go you meet people who you would normally never talk with. People on the plane, people at the park, people at the store. People just start talking to you. 

4. The Built-in Excuse

This one is a personal favorite.

 We've all been there. But having a child is an automatic, bullet proof get-out-of-jail-free card for all those social situations that go on too long. 

3. Self Improvement

Having a kid is like attending a crash course that crams learning patience, understanding, empathy, patience, selflessness, rationality, kindness, and patience into one big giant learning experience. Your child is watching your every move and listening to your every word, and there are no redo's, so you learn very quickly  and very effectively to be the best self you can be.

Sacrifices are in the very job description of parenthood. And I cannot lie. The first six months or so after having Handsome Dude, it was no picnic. I HATED not getting a full night's rest, and I hated (...still hate) nursing (the very bane of my existence), and I especially hated doing all the work and taking care of him all by myself... because I was the one Handsome Dude wanted.... not anybody but me. It got really exhausting, and I mean that in the best way. 

Nowadays, however, it's pretty simple. There's really nothing to it. I think becoming a parent is similar to culture shock. The first couple months, everything is all rosy and excellent and lovely. Then the next few months it's exhausting and taxing and just all around difficult. You're tired all the time and you're just sitting there questioning yourself wondering what am I doing?!

But then it gets easier. And it gets fun. The toddler years are hands-down the best! And maybe it's because during the past year you were learning patience and selflessness and kindness and have I mentioned patience? Now you practice all those things without even realizing it and all of a sudden, boom! One day you just feel a whole lot better.

2. Fourth Grade Philosophy

I asked my ten year old sister what she thinks the second greatest thing about being a mom someday would be. This was her response.

"Well I would be happy when they leave for school, because they bug you in the morning, and you're just like SHUT UP! I CAN'T THINK!"

"And I dunno, probably seeing them learn things. Like how Handsome Dude learned how to climb... which is absolutely the WORST thing he's ever learned!"

"Oh and when they throw up on your enemies!"

Well said, dearest sister. Well said. 

1. The Joy of Raising a Human Being

Raising a little child to make a difference one day, watching his eyes light up with joy when he discovers something new... children bring a substance and richness to life that money, cars, and toys can't.

When it's just you, you breeze quickly through holidays and special occasions, but with a child, traditions suddenly hold so much more meaning. Of all the thousands upon thousands of things in this world you can create, the most beautiful is a child. An innocent, miniature version of you is living and breathing and you are there to witness and shape his growth. 

There really is no better gratification or happiness than that you receive from being a mother. A child is a literal definition of the phrase "pride and joy."

Sorry, I know that got all sweet and sappy, but allow me this one sentimental moment. It's not always the easiest thing in the world but there is not a minute that I do not absolutely love being a mama.

So there you have it, my top ten... and on that note, happy Sunday!