Thank you so much for your supportive and encouraging comments on my last post. Unfortunately moms are one of the most competitive communities. Which is such a shame because each mom is different, each child is different, each life is different and you can't really compare how this all plays out.
So today, I want to toot my own horn. Because we worry about offending others, because we don't want to brag, because we don't want to sound stuck up or snobby, we don't give ourselves enough credit for the mom we are. I'm not saying I'm better than anyone else. I'm not looking down on anyone who's made different choices in their life. We are each unique and individual. That's okay, and it's good.
This, is the mom I am.
I am a working mom, who managed to bring my babies to work with me until they were 6 months old.
I pumped the life out of my boobs, in order to provide my children with that precious liquid gold, until they were one year old. A drop of formula never crossed their lips. (although I chose to supplement with a little bit of organic whole milk the last few months before they turned 1, when my supply started to dwindle)
I wear my babies, and my toddlers.
I rear-face my children until they are close to two years old. (well, not my first daughter, but I didn't really know better at that time)
I insist on some form of protein at almost every meal.
I co-slept with my babies, even though I thought I never would. Everyone got more sleep that way, and I cherish those memories of their tiny bodies nestled in as close as possible to my body.
I let my children eat their share of candy and treats, and they even drink Sprite at restaurants. (in their eyes, this makes me very cool)
My sick children sleep in bed with me, even though the idea of sleeping in their infectious germs gives me the creeps. (so far, I rarely get their illnesses)
I ignore housework, a lot, so that I can cuddle on the couch with my kids.
I let them lick the spoon, and the beaters, and wipe the bowl clean when we bake.
I put them to bed on time 75% of the time, because everyone is happier that way
We listen to a lot of worship music in the car and the house. We also listen to the radio and fun dance music.
I burp and fart. Hey, girls need to do know it's okay to do that stuff too. Although there are times we emphasize manners too.
I bring the older girls to church with me sometimes, at 7:30am on Sundays, even though they wreak havoc in my office and run through the hallways screaming (you think I jest, I don't, they really do). Because how often does a mom get to bring her kids to work with her.
I wake up early (sometimes) to exercise, so that I don't have to miss precious time with them later in the day.
When I get home from work, I gather my children to me, like a mother hen gathering her chicks, and we soak each other in.
This, and more, is the mom I am. The mom I am proud to be.
Your turn now. Toot your horn in the comments! What makes you stand out as a mom? What are you proud of? Nothing is off limits!