Saturday, May 10, 2008

What I know now about motherhood...

In honor of Mothers Day, and the giveaways going on on Notes From My Nest, here's a list I've made about what I know NOW about motherhood.

*Some of the most beautiful artwork is created in the tub with bath crayons.
*Thomas is the name for ALL trains, and any toy vehicle that has a face on it.
*Silence from behind a closed door never bodes well for the cleanliness of a room, be it a bedroom or a bathroom.
*Laundry will never be caught up, no matter how much you think you've done.
*Sometimes lunch at McDonalds is necessary to keep your sanity.
*Sometimes the toys from Happy Meals seem to multiply, even though you swear you threw them out at McDonalds.
*If your mum wished that your kids would be just like you when you were being naughty as a kid, you owe her. Big time.
*You will experience more worry and guilt than you ever have before, and that's just the first year.
*It only gets harder as they get older.
*While Matchbox cars {or any car of that size} are a great entertainment for little boy, especially while in church and trying to keep them quiet, they are not so great to step on in the middle of the night.
*Birth is one of the hardest things you'll ever be expected to endure, no matter how you ended up birthing. C-sections are NOT the "easy way out".
*There is nothing wrong with a Care Bear movie. It teaches them caring and sharing, and how to do a great Care Bear stare that will ward off a pesky little brother.
*Sometimes the doctor isn't right, and if you think this is the case, seek another opinion. Don't muffle your inner voice if it's saying that something is wrong, and trust your gut.
*Butterflies are "neeyoutiful", unless they are in the house. Then they become "bad buggies".
*Your kids will probably make you laugh so hard that you'll pee your pants at least once.
*Bubbles are a great invention and time-occupier. Just make sure that they go in a high place out of grabby hands reach. Otherwise be prepared to clean them up off the carpet, because they never seem to spill anywhere else.
*Crayons are another great invention. An even better invention are WASHABLE crayons. Trust me. The "washable" label makes aaaaallllllllllll the difference.
*And on that note, there are some things that even Mr. Clean and his magic erasers just can't get rid of.
*You're going to screw up sometimes. Nobody's perfect, and nobody should be expecting you to be.
*Ravioli and meat sauce is kidspeak for "time to try to dye ourselves red with this sauce". Ravioli {and spaghetti} night automatically means it's bath night too.
*A hug and a kiss can fix boo boos better than bandaids. But bandaids still help.
*Kids know some wonderful diversionary tactics. You'll be amazed at what you can get tricked into.
*Kids also know some ridiculous diversionary tactics. You'll be amazed at what they try to trick you into.
*Grandparents will always be accepted more than you. You're around more.
*Grandparents went through what you're going through, and are probably laughing at you on the inside. And also probably thinking "sucker.... it's about time you got payback." At least that what I'll be thinking when I become a grandparent.
*Grandparents are still parents, and have the most wonderful soft shoulders to cry on when it gets too much. And as much as they laugh on the inside, they also sympathize. Remember, you put them through it too, and they got their sanity back. So will you.
*I respect my mum on a million whole new levels for what she did for me as her daughter, as a single mum, as a working mum. She's my hero.
*I love you mum. Happy Mothers Day.


Anonymous said...

And I love you too!
Happy Mother's Day to you!!

Staci said...

Yay! Now that i'm in the "blog zone", i'll be coming here, too! I love your thoughts on motherhood - you always have been amazing at putting your thoughts down so eloquently! Happy mother's day, Laurie!!

Holmes Family said...

Man is this true! What a great way to tell your mom thanks! Hope you had a good Mother's Day!

ozchicki said...

Oh I love you Laurie!! I laughed my way through this!!!! You are the best!!

Angie xxxx

Darling Details said...

Hi, found you through a random crafting link. How crazy that this post is what I needed to hear today. My 'inner gut' has been warning me all day about my baby's doctors appointment tomorrow. Thanks for helping me feel okay about following my instinct and trusting my gut. I know...that's random, but I had to say thank you. Thanks for sharing hugs!