Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Mother's Love

 Being a mother is one of the hardest jobs in the world.  It is a full time job from sun up to sun down, and you get to do it seven days a week.  Even if you are lucky enough to get a break from your children, they are still in your thoughts and potentially causing you a little worry.

From the moment you find out you are pregnant, excitement and worry seem to start almost immediately.  "Will my baby be okay?  Will it be a boy or a girl?  What will my mate think?"  and the list goes on. 

Then the baby arrives, and you count his toes and fingers to make sure they are all there.  Usually there is excitement beyond your wildest dreams!  Hard to believe you created such a perfect little creature.  

You're excited to get your baby home and into the nursery that you meticulously created while waiting.  There's probably a little fear creeping in.  "What happens if I can't do this?  Will I be a good mom?"

Your whole life changes.  You knew it would change, but you didn't realize something as simple as taking a shower would require a new routine.

Each night you put your baby to sleep, you hope that tonight they will sleep through the night.  Of course you won't get the good night sleep you are hoping for, because you will still be hopping up, making sure your prized possession is still breathing. 

You get beyond the infant stage and you enter into the toddler stage.  You know that stage where they are getting into everything, throwing temper tantrums, and causing you more stress than you care to admit.  You are looking forward to getting beyond the two's and possibly even the three's.  You are looking forward to the day your child can sit still for more than five minutes.

Of course life doesn't stop because you gave birth to another human being.  You still have to clean the house, and go to work, and manage the household like you did before.  If you are blessed enough to be a stay-at-home mom, you realize it's still a full-time job, no matter what anyone says.  

So you do the best you can.  You try to make sure your child gets the proper nutrients.

You try to make sure they have a cool place to play and sleep.

You make sure they get to school on time. 

You make sure they are bathed, 

and in the bed at a decent hour.

Sounds easy enough, right?  Insert laughter here.  Of course you will have your challenges.  After all, these are little human beings, who have their own thoughts, feelings, and opinions.  And these thoughts and feelings develop as they grow. 

There will be times when you will be overwhelmed, trying to work and raise a healthy child, especially if you are a single mother.  

You will on more than one occasion have to argue with your child about a particular outfit.  This can start as early as 2, and take you through the teen years.

You will need to teach your child how to properly use the public restrooms.  Can you say "squat"? 

You will have many occasions where you have to "get to the bottom of something".

"Getting to the bottom of something", takes on a whole new meaning when dealing with teenagers who think they are grown.  Sorry to say those tough teen years can last from age of 12 - 18.  This may indeed be your most challenging times.   Might be a good idea to pull out those baby pictures and remember those glorious feelings you had then.  This might keep you from strangling your teen, who you no longer recognize as a rational human being.

You will have more parent-teacher conferences than you thought humanly possible.

On rare occasions, hopefully, you may even find yourself in the principal's office dealing with a serious issue.

Through it all, if you remember to hug and kiss your children often, this will make it better for everyone.  Those hugs and kisses will be remembered and hopefully passed on to your grandchildren.  





If you survive the trials and tribulations of motherhood, you can look forward to one of the best jobs in the world.  That of grandma!




Happy Mother's Day!!!

36 comments:

  1. Happy Mother's Day to you too my friend! It's been nine years since my mom passed, but every now and then, I can still feel her with me. Hope you and your mom have a great and wonderful day today! :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cindi - Happy Mother's Day! I hope you were able to feel your mother's love today.

      Delete
  2. This was awesome, Vanessa. Happy Mother's Day to you too!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Tracy - Thanks. Happy Mother's Day! I take my hat off to you wonderful mothers.

      Delete
  3. Great post! Moms are all that and more! I love and applaud the recycling of pictures! Why should any picture be used once:-) :-) !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ms. Leo - Thanks! It was nice going through my pictures and seeing all that has transpired in Morristown. They have certainly been busy. Happy Mother's Day!

      Delete
  4. Hello from Spain: lovely message. Mothers are always unique. Mothers are the heart of the family. The love of a mother is unique. I enjoyed your photos. Very cute. Happy Mother's Day. Keep in touch

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Marta - Mothers are usually the glue that holds the family together. Happy Mother's Day to you!

      Delete
  5. This was an enjoyable way of seeing the essence of motherhood captured in pictures! Happy Mother's Day!

    dbg

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. DBG - That would have been a nice title for this post, too.... The Essence of Motherhood. Mothers are truly amazing. Happy Mother's Day!

      Delete
  6. This was absolutely wonderful Vanessa! I have got to show this to my mom she will love it :)
    Happy Mother's Day!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Miranda - Thanks! Birthing and raising children are true miracles. Happy Mother's Day to you and your mom.

      Delete
  7. This is so sweet Vanessa! I just have on question why don't you upload these photo stories onto youtube?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. toastandcheesedollies - Thanks! This type of photostory would be difficult to turn into a video. Too many words. I hope to do another video soon. It will probably be one with Kendra and her baby since the last video I did was her giving birth. I've had to cut back on doing some things because of time, and unfortunately one of those things was videos.

      Delete
    2. toastandcheesedollies - Thanks! This type of photostory would be difficult to turn into a video. Too many words. I hope to do another video soon. It will probably be one with Kendra and her baby since the last video I did was her giving birth. I've had to cut back on doing some things because of time, and unfortunately one of those things was videos.

      Delete
  8. It is the best job in the world. Happy Mothers day.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mustiwait - We can certainly tell how much you love being a mom. Happy Mother's Day!!!

      Delete
  9. Love the story and Happy Mother's Day to you. It is a cool job! I knew I would see a lot of memories in Morristown.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Brini - Thanks. Happy Mother's Day to you, too!

      Delete
  10. Replies
    1. Roxanne - Thanks. Happy Mother's Day!

      Delete
  11. Very nice pictures. A mother always is a mother and they´re very special :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ana - Thanks. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.

      Delete
  12. Happy Mother's Day. Vanessa, and for the photos of Mothers in Morristown. I love reading and viewing your stories ;-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. D7ana - Happy Mother's Day! I gave all the mothers in Morristown, the day off.

      Delete
  13. BTW - excellent tribute post ;-D

    ReplyDelete
  14. Awwww, this was sweet and wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  15. awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww vanessa you are such a great woman i hoped you had a great mother day and can you make more kendra videos plz

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ruby - Thanks! I may work on that video today.

      Delete
  16. What a lovely tribute. Hope you had a happy Mother's day too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Carrickters - Thanks. Happy Mother's Day. I did have a wonderful day.

      Delete
  17. Vanessa, you hit the nail on the head with all of your points. That's EXACTLY what it's like to be a mother!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Tam - Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      Delete
  18. Awww this was so sweet Vanessa? Were some of these new pics for the post? I remember some of them. The one I found really funny was arguing about what to wear. I didn't remember that one. It was cute. And awww to the baby carrier outside of the shower. I may have commented to that post that I remember doing that. I had to play peek-a-boo with the shower curtain to keep Christopher from crying.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kenya - Thanks. All of these pics were from previous posts. That must have been an interesting peek-a-boo shower.

      Delete

I love receiving your comments. Posts older than 5 days will require moderation until I can get the scammers under control. Thanks for your understanding.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...