Monday, September 8, 2014

Mama Mondays - What I've Learned From Motherhood


Being a Mom has been the most challenging experience of my life. Simply put, motherhood has been the best thing I've ever done. But it's not always been the most amazing experience but it's one that I've learned the most from. In nearly 3 years as Connor's Momma, I've learned...

+ loving someone who doesn't know what love is or how to show love doesn't make you love them any less. If anything you love them more. So much more.

+ putting your needs to the side is never a sacrifice. It's done without thought. You would give anything to make your child's life extraordinary.

+ days are long and from time to time, suck. But it's just 24 hours. The next day can be the most wonderful day, filled with laughter, smiles and hugs. So just take it one day at a time. 

+ speaking of time, it's a dirty SOB that doesn't slow down no matter how much you beg. Embrace every moment as they go by far to quickly. 

+ you never know how much you can love your spouse until you seem them as a parent.

+ that even if you don't have motherly instincts, you will the moment you hold your child for the first time. The moment I ever touched Connor's sweet face, I knew that come Hell or high water, I would protect him against every harsh thing thrown his way. 

+ that designer bags, shoes and clothes mean very little at the local playscape. What matters is that you are engaged. That you play, that you discover.

+ you love, appreciate, respect and admire your parents a little more. Because let's face it, we weren't the easiest generation to raise.

+ being Connor's Momma is enough for me. My life truly began the moment he was conceived. 

As a parent, what's the biggest lesson you've learned? If you aren't a Mommy yet, what's the one thing you think you will love most about being a parent?

20 comments:

  1. Love this so much. One of my favorites is learning to appreciate my parents more. I remember one time around Halloween I text my mom to tell her thank you for cleaning out the pumpkins for all of those year and never complaining about it. Sometimes motherhood can be a thankless job with SO many gross little tasks that go unnoticed.

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    1. You are so right Beth. When I caught Connor's puke in my hands, I couldn't thank my Mom enough for all the craptastic things she did for me and my brothers.

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  2. Love it!! I agree on all fronts especially the fact that I would protect them from anything and everything! Biggest lesson I have learned is how to put them first. I was never a selfish person before but I would treat myself to things every once in awhile. Now if I have a extra buck I put it in their banks or get them a little something.

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    1. Tracy! I've missed you! I wasn't a selfish person but I will say that I've never put anything first like I have with Connor.

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  3. I have a post like this brewing in my draft folder! I love all of your points. So true!

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    1. Thank you! Us Moms just get each other.

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  4. oh yeah all of this! Definitely take one day at a time. I always told myself to start fresh each day whenever Aria was making me want to pull my hair out. You never get the same day twice!

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    1. Every day is a new day. A new day to kick ass instead of having your ass kicked.

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  5. Great list! I don't have a good relationship with my parents. Having a child now made me reflect on my relationship with my parents. It's difficult, but I can't change it. My goal is to do better and that my daughter knows there is always somebody there for her who loves and supports her through thick and thin,

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    1. Exactly, Christine. You may not be able to change your relationship but you are THE influence on your daughter.

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  6. Oh man, everything on this list is SO true. I constantly find myself wishing time would slow down (and I'm only 8 weeks in with this whole mama thing...).

    Thanks for linking up, sister! :)

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    1. Time is going to go by so fast but it's the best blur you will ever experience. Document it all you can.

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  7. Stephanie this is such a lovely post. I love how you say your life began when you had Connor, that's how I feel about my life with TL. Aren't we so lucky to have these precious little boys in our lives teaching us all these wonderful lessons :)

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    1. We are. I knew I was meant to be a Mommy, especially to a boy. I'm a boy mom through and through and love it!

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    1. Thank you. I know that as crazy as life can be, I'm doing exactly what I'm meant to be doing.

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  9. Precious :)...... You seem like a very good momma!! I'm not a momma yet, but I think the thing I will love most about being one is that I will get to make new traditions with my baby. I grew up with so many special, family traditions, and I want my child to experience the same thing!

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