I have just recently started year 7 of my longest running job to date: motherhood.
Here’ what I think sums it up for me:
“You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have…the facts of life.”
I always dreamed of being a mom when I was growing up. From the moment I could, I adored babies. I started “babysitting” when I was like eight years old. I babysat through middle school, high school and college. I taught preschool when I graduated from school. I worked in children’s ministry during the summer. I had a lot of experience with kids…but believe me when I say, NONE of it prepared me for motherhood.
I had no idea that:
– a newborn was the best toy I’d ever get…I could just sit and watch a baby all day!
– nursing said newborn was a serious commitment. And everyone wanted to throw in their 2 cents about it!
– I could fall head over heels in love with a squirmy little person whose major accomplishments in a day were sleeping, eating and filling up diapers.
– my children would eventually sleep through the night and eventually get all their teeth and eventually learn to use the potty.
– I would never again (at least not yet) sleep through the night on a consistent basis
– I would have weakened bladder due to giving birth three times. I hate sneezing now more than ever and I no longer jump on trampolines.
– the name mommy could feel so good
-the name mommy could grate on every nerve I have when uttered from whiny lips.
– The name mommy when screamed in the dead of night could get me out of bed faster than any alarm clock!
– I would one day know more about dinosaurs than any person should.
– three little people would think I’m the smartest person in the world.
– I would want to give up, throw in the towel and walk away at times
– I would never give up, throw in the towel and walk away because it’s really not all about me after all.
– I would care so deeply about the souls of my children.
– sometimes I would just go in after the kids are asleep and watch them…partly because I love them…partly because I needed to remember that after a crazy day, sleep is a sweet reward.
– one child could destroy so much and “not mean to” do it.
– my house can go from clean to destroyed in 10.8 seconds.
– it would be so hard to say no
– it would be so hard to say yes
– nap time would be such a glorious thing
– I would cry when my children stopped napping
I have so much to learn. The more I learn, the more I realize how much I need to learn. These three little people have invaded my life. It’s what I wanted, but not how I expected it. But, in light of all that…I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Children are, after all, a blessing…a reward from the Lord.