Sunday, May 9, 2010

Before I Was a Mom...

Although it has only been 18 months since I've become a mom, it truly is hard to remember life before Lucy. I am grateful, humbled, thrilled, honored ... and blessed to be Lucy's mom.

Feeling exhausted, dirty, and emotionally unstable nearly ALL of the time isn't always "fun", but it is more than worth it. Motherhood may not always be the most glamorous job, but it is most definitely the BEST job.

Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there who know exactly what I'm talking about! :-)

(I came across this while searching the internet for a poem for my kindergartners' Mother's Day project at school last week. It was late at night, and I just sat and cried as I read it. It is just so true.)

Before I Was a Mom...

Before I was a Mom I made and ate hot meals.
I had unstained clothing.
I had quiet conversations on the phone.

Before I was a Mom I slept as late as I wanted.
And never worried about how late I got into bed.
I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.

Before I was Mom I cleaned my house each day.
I never tripped over toys or forgot words to lullabies.

Before I was a Mom I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom I had never been puked on, pooped on, spit on, peed on, or pinched by tiny fingers.
Before I was a Mom I had complete control of my mind, my thoughts, my body and all my feelings.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom I never held down a screaming child so that doctors could do tests or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put it down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a Mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important.

Before I was a Mom I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was OK.
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache or the satisfaction of being a Mom.

I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much......
......before I was a Mom.

...Author Unknown


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