Monday, April 6, 2009

Birthday Countdown: Day Six

Karen asked: "What has surprised you most about being a mother, and why?"

Wow. That is an almost impossible question. SO MANY things have surprised me about being a mother. And, sitting here thinking about this the very first and most honest thing that I can share is.... I actually enjoy it.

Shocked?! I was too! I never imagined being a mother. I always thought that if I ever had kids that they would be adopted. The idea of giving birth was definitely not appealing to me at all! I have always been someone who enjoys her sleep...enjoys doing things spur of the moment...and who hated cleaning and chores with a passion. Kids of course, interrupt your sleep tremendously (and your ability to sleep forever due to permanent bladder changes!), you can't just run out the door at the spur of the moment, and they absolutely bring more chores and CLEANING that you could ever imagine. "Selfless" was not the first word I would use to describe the "before being a mom" me. Doesn't sound like a good fit, huh?

Well... I will tell the entire story on another question, but when we found out we were having Katie, I was definitely excited, but as a newlywed and a college student, I wasn't sure how this was all going to work out. But, God is good, and the day Katie was born guess what? A mother was born. I will never look back and though lack of sleep still makes me cranky...I have made it through. A giggle, laugh, little hand to hold, little personality to is all worth it. You could have never made me believe it, and it is the most cliche expression used in the world, but "having a baby changes everything."

So, my biggest surprise is that I love being a mom. From the biggest hugs to the tiniest crumbs on the floor!

Tomorrow I will answer Emily Green's question: What's the best thing for getting Georgia clay out of kid's clothes? [and]...what as been one of your most wasteful purchases to date? What has been one of your best/most valuable purchases to date?


Karen said...

What a sweet post! And what a sweet have done a fantastic job of raising my grandkids and I thank the Lord everyday for bringing you and Corey together.

Alicia said...

I love this post about being a mother! Your blog is just totally cool-all the time! If I had a regular blog that wasn't just devoted to our adoption, it would be so boring :-) Love you!

Andy's Bethy said...

It is so funny - I really didn't know you before you were a mommy, so I only know you as you are today - but I CANNOT imagine you as anything but a wonderful mother. I am so glad you enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

Well, I did have the privilege of knowing you in the pre-mom days (lol).
As a child, pre-teen, and teenager, and even early college days and years, I would have never thought that you would have LOVED being a mother so much. You had such different plans(that changed almost daily haha)..... I have thought so many times(before this post)how you have blossomed into such a wonderful, and awesome mother(and wife). I tell people all the time what a great mom you are. I am so very proud of the "mama" that you are to our grandchildren, and how very blessed they are to have you as their mother. And, off the subject kind of.....Corey is a great dad also. We are proud of him too.