I wonder if any of us actually knows what the life of a mom is like, prior to becoming a mom. I know I hadn’t a clue. I think from the moment the pregnancy test registers as positive most women are in a euphoric state of excitement and anticipation for the big day – that is until the first pangs of labor set in.
Then, I think the euphoric state is thrown out the window and panic starts to creep in. From that moment on, I think most moms would agree that life as a mom is a brand new adventure each new day no matter how long we have been moms.
A couple of weeks ago, I threw a question out on my social media networks, asking moms to chime in with the answer to this statement: “You know you’re a mom when…” and what fun it was as the responses started rolling in. I laughed along with the responses that came in because I have heard many of these statements before, and many of them I have either said or done before in my life as a mom.
Here is the list of things that the moms I know sent in. I wonder how many of them you can relate to…
- Your “meal” consists of the leftovers from the plates of your children
- Your kids dress better than you do
- You pee in the shower to save time
- When you actually get to drink your coffee, it’s rarely hot
- You can make dinner with a crying baby climbing up your leg while helping with algebra homework, applying a bandaid, and hassling with the insurance company over the phone
- Going to the bathroom is no longer something you do in private
- You forget your own “real” name the next time you are calling to schedule an appointment
- You eat chocolate in the bathroom so you don’t have to share
- When you are talking to someone and have three kids all asking questions, which you can answer without skipping a beat, but you then have no idea what you were talking about in the first place!
- You pretend to be sick just to get a nap
- You accidentally eat all the Easter candy before the Easter bunny comes
- You run out of diaper wipes and use a random sock you find in your car to wipe a poopy tush instead
- You hear someone call “Mom!” in public and turn around, maybe even answer, before you remember that you came alone
- You don’t remember the last time you weren’t wearing stretch pants
- You have zero modesty anymore so you have to check to make sure that you are in fact fully clothed before leaving the house every single time
- Every app on your phone is kid related
- Your idea of a perfect birthday present is a hotel room for the night, alone, and without your phone
- Speaking of phones, yours is always covered in peanut butter, ketchup, or some other foreign substance
- The only bras you own are nursing bras
- Sleep, what’s sleep?
- You are the ONLY person who knows where more toilet paper is…or how to put it on the dispenser
- You flush the toilet for other people more than you do for yourself
- You have mastered ninja skills in tiptoeing out of the room after putting a baby to bed
mightmake a bit less for dinner than you think you might need so you can eat junk foodsomething else instead
While being a mom can try us to the very depths of our souls at times, keeping things in perspective sure does help. The next time you find yourself on the brink of a mommy meltdown, remember some of the things that we moms do every day, and have a good laugh at this crazy thing called motherhood.
What would YOU add to this list? Leave it in the comments! Maybe we can do a Part Two!