motherhood

What Motherhood Means to Us

My niece and fellow blogger on Common Cents Mom have spent a lot of time speaking this week about what Mother’s Day means and more importantly what motherhood means to us. We are both moms at different stages in the journey of motherhood.  For me the days of late night feedings, diapers and trips to the playground are behind and these days I am more about being an advocate and friend for my young adult daughter. That the thing with this motherhood journey, it changes and grows every day just as your child does.

So we both wrote about what motherhood means to us.

Jaslyn’s take on Motherhood

Being a mom means more than having given birth to a child. It’s loving and knowing a soul before you even see it. It’s carrying and caring for a life completely dependant on you for survival. It’s giving air to the lungs that grew within you, and sight to the eyes that will never see you as anything but mommy A mother is a selfless, loving human who must sacrifice many of their wants and needs for the wants and needs of their children. A mother works hard to make sure their child is equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to make it as a competent human being. Being a mother means being completely and totally overwhelmed (in the best possible way) by love, joy, responsibility, and selflessness. Motherhood means sleepless nights, big belly laughs, caterpillars on the coffee table, finger-painting in the kitchen, stubbed toes, and gapped toothed grins. Being a mother means being an emotional blankie for your children. They snuggle with you at night, run to you when they’re hurt, and stand behind you in scary situations. Getting into the car, starting to buckle up, then getting out of the car and dashing back into the house for something you forgot. Usually multiple times. Every time you go anywhere. It has become a natural part of our culture to be sarcastic, to put things down, to be a complainer. It’s a blessing, a gift, a relationship that never ends and a love that never dies. It’s the best thing I have ever become, the greatest love I have ever felt and the best part about being me.

Hollie’s take on Motherhood

 

Motherhood is more than giving life, it is the raising of a child, it is the joys in the journey and all that entails. As a young mother, it meant late nights, co-sleeping, walks in the park, reading together and ensuring my child was healthy no matter what life threw at us. I learnt in time that I would become a teacher, a coach, a nurse, a finder of things, a friend and most of all an advocate for my child. Now, mostly as my child reaches for her dreams I find I am the advice giver, the advocate still, the nutritionist, and mostly I get to be her friend. Mother is a wild ride and I am blessed every day to be her momma.

Every mom’s journey is different but we are all moms. Hope you all have a wonderful time on this rollercoaster ride called motherhood.

 

Becoming a Grandmother of Sorts and Wanting Tips

Today I will become a grandmother of sorts and I need help. Many years ago I was married to man who had 3 young children. When I was married to him we had full custody of all 3 children. Today my oldest in my heart will become a father. Right now as I type my son ( well adopted into my heart son) is getting his wife to the hospital for a c section.  A little while from now our family will welcome our newest family member and my daughter will be an aunt.  We are excited and happy!

Now I also know a new mom needs lots of advice. They need tips. they need tricks of the mommy hood. Now Pampers has joined with Mom Central on a project called “A Parent is Born”. Together they want to create insightful, community-driven tip sheets for new and expectant parents to download and share in their own mommy circles. And Canadian moms; they need our help.( but really these would be great for any mother).

My daughter in law could use this. Now they are asking for tips on sleeping and going back to work. Got one then go here an enter your best tip. You could end up winning one of the 25 $20 gift cards or the grand prize of $500 cash and we can all use extra cash at this end of time of the year right. (Contest is open to Canadian Residents)