Being a mom is pretty much the most difficult job in the world. Sometimes it totally lacks any positive reinforcement, the monetary compensation is lousy, there are no paid days off or sick days, and there are no recognition ceremonies or awards. Kids can run you ragged one day, and fill up your heart with love the next. As a matter of fact, this can change from minute to minute!
I know I was grossly underprepared for what being a mom would be like. I was excited to start a family, and about 3 years after my husband and I got married, we welcomed our little Grace. Boy, was I shocked. I had issues with my labor and delivery, recovery took MONTHS, and I had very little support with breastfeeding. That was a shame since I was producing enough for triplets, was engorged for 3 months, and my daughter had a sour stomach from way too much milk. The plan was not to let her use pacifiers, because that was what I was for, right? Right – until plugging up her mouth with my milkies became the biggest cause of her gas and tummy upset. SIGH!!
Fortunately, my mom was there for me. No, she didn’t do all of my laundry, make all of my meals, and take care of the baby all of the time she was with me. That honestly wouldn’t have been that helpful long-term because I *had* to learn how to do this mom thing. What she did, do, was provide me with a break. She bonded with my daughter. She showed me that she is such an awesome mom!!!
It truly is love and sacrifice to work all day and then come to someone’s house to hold their SCREAMING baby for 2-4 hours every evening while the baby’s mom takes a shower, takes a nap, or watches TV. It’s true love and sacrifice to dedicate all of that time and attention to this little helpless person when her own mother has lost all patience!
My mom rocks.
She has continued to be such an awesome grandma to my kids, and they just love her to pieces. I am pretty sure the feeling is mutual. She’s the best Baba in the world!
I am so thankful for her this Mother’s Day and of the love and grace she showed to me as I muddled my way into motherhood myself. She didn’t try to parent my child – but she was just the parent I needed (even though I didn’t know I needed anything at the time!). Thank you, Mom, and Happy Mother’s Day!
The following is written in partnership with JOHNSON’S® Baby and The Motherhood. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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Join in the Fun, and Win Prizes!
Come on and hang out with other moms and join JOHNSON’S® Baby for a special Twitter party as we share stories and remind moms that, “You’re doing OK.” What a perfect way to lead up to Mother’s Day! Feel refreshed, reassured, and recognized as we chit chat together – and several will win great prizes!
- When: Thursday, May 8, at 1p ET (12p CT / 10a PT)
- Where: On Twitter, follow the #YoureDoingOKMom hashtag to track the conversation. Check out the invitation for all the details and RSVP using the Twtvite: http://twtvite.com/youredoingokmom
- Hashtag: #YoureDoingOKMom
- Prizes: There will be five prizes awarded to randomly selected participants who correctly answer the trivia questions tweeted by @theMotherhood25. Each prize includes an assortment of JOHNSON’S® Baby products worth $50 in value. Prizes are limited to U.S. participants only, ages 18 and older.
- Hosts: @theMotherhood, @theMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann