Happy Mother’s Day to every amazing, beautiful, talented, entertaining, sleep deprived, multi-tasking mamas out there. You guys rock.
(when I say ‘mama’s’ I mean mothers, steps, grandmas, great-grandmas, great-great grandmas, aunts, Godmothers…pretty much any woman who has ever loved a child)
In honor of Mother’s Day, this month’s 10 things is all things mom. It’s a mish-mash of products, gift ideas, thoughts (even the mushy, sentimental kind) – just plain awesome mom things.
1. Dry shampoo. Because sometimes you don’t have time to wash your hair. I use this product all the time. I really wish I’d had dry shampoo in the hospital when he was born. They barged into our room to take pictures of us and my hair was a greasy disgusting mess. But I think this is the typical “I just had a baby” look. I love this picture, anyway.
2. It’s not a job. This video went viral a few weeks ago.
Yep. It’s tough. It has its moments. I slept three hours in the first three days of Owen’s life.
But I don’t think it is the toughest job. Getting a masters in aerospace engineering was tough. Way more work than being a mom. It was painful at times. Being a mom isn’t really painful. Okay, childbirth and breastfeeding (in the first few weeks) hurt. The body recovers and mends. I don’t even remember the pain of childbirth. For me, being a mother is not my job. It’s who I am.
There’s no paycheck, health care, time-off, retirement plan, or any of that but there are benefits. Oh yes, there are benefits 100% of the time. Incredible, rewarding, wonderful, warm, fuzzy benefits. Like looking into the most beautiful blue eyes you’ve ever seen and realizing that you made them.
But really, I’m so tired of this argument.
3. Birthstone jewelry. For every month a beautiful babe is born, there’s a beautiful gem for mama. Alex and Ani bracelets are my favorite.
4. A digital SLR camera. Babies MUST be photographed. Mamas, if you’re like me, the minute baby does something new or super cute, you reach for the camera. My phone takes awful pictures, most do. I don’t want to document these precious moments with blurry pixelated images.
If you’re not looking to get anything revolutionary but want nice pictures, I suggest the Nikon D3300. It has a guide mode making it very user-friendly for the non-photographer and it takes video.
5. Before I was a mom I’d never been peed on, pooped on, spit-up on, chewed on, I slept all night, I didn’t know more than three or four nursery rhymes and lullabies, I had complete control of my mind, I didn’t know how amazing it would feel to feed a hungry baby, I didn’t understand the term “mama bear,” I dried my hair and put on make-up every day, I cared whether my shoes matched my outfit, and I didn’t know I was capable of feeling the love, the joy, the heartache, the warmth, and satisfaction of being a mom.
And before I was a mom, I didn’t know it was possible to fall in love with my husband all over again.
6. According to my mom, being a grandma is incredible. I love everything about my mom, mother-in-law, and grandmas. And if I can become half the mothers/grandmothers they are, I’m doing well.
7. People go out of their way for moms. Since Owen was born, I’ve never had more doors held open for me, cars stop so I can cross the road, people let me check-out before them in a store, people offer to help me carry anything…apparently holding a baby is like the key to getting anything you want. 🙂
8. That moment when you find something your baby loves and you go hog-wild with it.
Owen loves watching Elle. Therefore, Owen must love animals.
Owen loves animals. Therefore, Owen will certainly love the zoo.
Owen loves the birds in the zoo. Therefore, Owen needs a bird feeder in his back yard.
I bought a bird feeder today. At a store 30 minutes from here that also sells birds, fish, and bunnies. We went there instead of the store in our town just so Owen could look at the animals because he loves them.
9. This blog is hilarious if you’re a mom. (Some may find it offensive, though.)
10. I am a mama.
Becoming a mom is the coolest thing I’ve ever done.
I can’t describe it.
Nothing compares to it.
It’s just…the most amazing thing ever.
Previous 10 things posts:
April – I’m loving right now
March – a photography assignment
February – Baby must-haves
January – Memories from 2013
December – About Owen
November – Healthy freezer friendly meals
October – my pregnancy must-haves