Fourteen years ago I became a mom. I was twenty-six years old. I had a full-time job at a very busy ad agency as a copy/compliance editor. It was an extremely demanding job and one I loved very much. After giving birth, I had every intention of returning to my day job. As my twelve week maternity leave was nearing its end, I was certain of one thing. There wasn't a job in this world I could love more than being Jake's mom. I made the decision to become a stay-at-home mom and I've never looked back.
Things I've learned...
My grandmother used to say these are the best years of your life. I'd look at the mountain of bottles in the sink, the runny noses and the loads of laundry and think, seriously? Guess what? She was right. The time I spent snuggling with my babies on a rainy day or pushing them on the swing in the yard will always be some of my favorites along with bath time, story time and silly time.
When I would go to the mall with the diaper bag filled with cheerios, goldfish and juice cups, pushing my double stroller I'd see a woman carrying her Victoria Secret bags, hair highlighted, nails done, floating in and out of stores without any kids and I'd think, "I wish I was her." Ten years later, I AM HER. Guess what? I wish I was the mom pushing the double stroller.
One time the kids and I were watching a Pooh movie and Christopher Robin was going off to school and he and Pooh were singing a song. The lyrics went something like this...
Christopher Robin - "Forever and ever is such a long time, Pooh."
Pooh - "Oh Christopher, forever isn't long at all."
Guess what? Pooh was right.
Today my "babies" are 14 and 11. We're still cuddling on the couch and making memories for me to cherish the rest of my days. I wear lots of hats... author, PTO mom, wife, substitute teacher, but the title I most appreciate is being a mom to Jake and Cole.
Happy Mother's Day!
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