You know that commerical for "Kix" cereal, that states that Kix are "kid tested and mother approved"? My bet is that particular mother didn't have to vacuum Kix off of her dining room carpet 13 times a day. Cheerios , FTW.
It's amazing that I've only been a Mom for a mere fraction of my life, and it is the thing that matter the most to me. In 2 and a half years I've learned so much. Here are some lessons that I've learned:
-It doesn't matter how many toys you buy them, they will always play with the box it came in, instead.
-Mommy's kisses can really fix anything. And I have to remember that when Jack asks me to kiss his butt, because he hurt it. It won't be cute when he is 14 and telling me to kiss his butt for other reasons.
-There are taboo topics in Motherhood that will always cause a debate. No matter what is said, or what is talked about, no one knows what is best for your children but YOU. formula vs. nursing/vaccinate vs. not vaccinating/disposable vs. cloth/pro or anti "cry it out"...It's all a matter of personal choice. Do the research and make your own decisions , don't just do what other people say you should do.
-Children never perform on command. So, when you tell someone, "yeah, she does this now, check it out", be prepared to feel like an idiot when your child stares at you blankly, drooling.
-There is nothing like looking through the world through your children's eyes. The innocence of it all. It's a breath of fresh air. A joy.
-No matter how hard it may be at times, ENJOY everyday with your children. Times goes by so fast. How did Jack become 2 and a half? How is Emma going to be 1 in three weeks? I try not to blink at times; I'm scared I'm going to miss something.
-Letting your child cry while you take a moment for yourself is probably the smartest thing a mother (or father) could do for themselves. There is nothing, NOTHING wrong with making sure all of your child's needs are met, and just locking yourself in the bathroom for 5 minutes to collect yourself...
-Don't be afraid to ask for, or accept help. Let go of the control and accept that you can't do it all all of the time.
-Fight for what you want for your children. If you can't fight for them, what can you fight for? Better yet, what SHOULD you fight for? Stand up for them, believe in them, cherish them.
-It's okay to be angry with your little bundle of joy/little hellion, depending on the situation. They know from a very early age what buttons to push. They also know the exact time to give an unprovoked hug or kiss. Survival instincts start young.
-There's always tomorrow. I chant that to myself at 9:30 in the morning on a particularly crappy day.
-There is nothing, NOTHING like newborn, infant,toddler cuddles. They make you feel like maybe, just maybe you're doing something right in forming your miniature human.
I was never sure that I wanted kids. I especially did not want 2 kids in 2 years, and I'm okay with saying that. I'm also okay with saying that my children have taken my world in their little hands and have changed it so remarkably; I can't imagine living life any different than how I'm living it right now at this very moment.
Thanks, Boo and Rosie, you rock my world each and every day.