10 Things I've Learned as a Mama
1. Nothing is fast anymore, yet time flies.
Need to run to the store because I ran out of [insert item here]? It used to be so easy. Now? Not so much. Even though they are older, it still takes 3x as long. Yet...it seems like just yesterday I was pregnant. And the sleepless nights. And the parent anxiety. It all goes too fast.
2. Never say never. Because you never know.
3. Inevitably, you will become your mother. Maybe not permanantly, but you'll see glimpses of her appear at times. Yes, you will tell your child(ren) that "if you don't stop this right now, I will pull this car over to the side of the road!", or you'll tell them that you have eyes in back of your head. Or my favorite. "because I said so, that's why." (I swore I'd never give that as an answer. Ever.)
4. Someday, your child will say that they hate you. Or call you a "meanie mommy". And as prepared as you are for this moment, it will still stab like a knife.
5. If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. Word. Don't worry what others think about you and just live your life the way that makes y'all happy.
6. Time outs are great. For mommy, that is. Yes, sometimes, the best thing we can do is to walk away and take some deep breaths and regroup.
7. My kids will never, ever find my constant dancing to be cool. It will always cause them to hang their heads and roll their eyes. Sigh.
8. There's no such thing as privacy. I am not sure when moms are entitled to it, but 9 years later, I still don't have it.
9. Instill in them the love of reading. It will pay back ten-fold on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
10. Being a mom is absolutely the hardest, yet most rewarding and wonderful job I've ever had.