This week, in celebration of mothers, I’ve selected a myriad of women of all different places, personalities, lifestyles, and motherhood and have asked them to share their perspective on being a mom.
I don’t even remember when the first time was that I met Kathy, but I DO remember her being so gracious and kind with every interaction we’ve had. She is virtuous, lovely, praiseworthy, and of good report. If I could mirror all her characteristics, I’d be very pleased. And so would my children.
How long have you been a mother?
I have been a mother for 4 years 4 months. I became a mother 6 weeks earlier than planned when my water broke and our son arrived early.
How does your “motherhood” compare to how your mom raised you?
Motherhood is different than expected because I think we want to emulate the example of our mothers, but forget that it’s taken them a good 30+ years to become the mothers they are today. I wish I could go back in time and see what my mother was like when I was four. They were living in Denmark at the time and she was a nurse. I wonder how it would have been to ride by bike all around, drop children off for school and go grocery shopping with out a car.
Growing up, I took for granted that my mother sacrificed so much. I think it takes becoming a mother to understand that. Honestly, as a teenager, I assumed that she loved doing house work and cooking. It came so natural to her. It has not come so natural to me. But I do make it a goal to properly laugh with my children daily.
What is your most embarrassing moment being a mom?
The most embarrassing moment as a mother would have to be learning to nurse in the NICU with an audience.
If you had a “day off” – how would you spend it?
Some where quiet. I like to refuel and have peace and I find that solitude in nature. Going for rides on my cruise bike makes me happy.
What is your staple that gets you through the day?
Diet coke is my vice.
What would you TRULY want as a Mother’s Day gift?
I’d love to know what I’m doing right and what they love doing together. Also, what do I need improvement on?
What has been the biggest shock in being a mom? – something you weren’t prepared to deal with?
The thing that shocked me the most is how little “me” time I have. It’s usually just a few minutes during the day. I’ve tried to find ways to find quiet during the day, but it’s not so easy some days.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a mom?
Snuggles and kisses. The first time a child says “Mama” is always a heart melter. Watching them grow and develop and learn things.
photo credit Alision English Photography