So it’s your kid’s birthday. If you’re a mom blogger, that means writing a sentimental post that fondly recalls the first moment you locked eyes with your sweet newborn, retells an amusing anecdote from years past, and declares your unconditional love for the being you created. Now keep in mind that I’m not mocking these birthday posts. God knows I’ve written more than a few, and I absolutely love reading them.
This year, however, as my oldest son turns 7, I’ve decided to take a different approach to the birthday post. This year I’m celebrating me. It is, after all, not just the kiddo’s birthday. It’s also the 7th anniversary the day I became a mom—my “momaversary”! In honor of the occasion, I hereby dedicate the following post to me.
It’s hard to believe that just seven years and nine months ago you were a carefree newlywed traipsing around New York City in your stylish size six dress from Banana Republic. Back in those days you had a slim figure, disposable income, a convertible, free time, and you were completely oblivious to how your life was going to change when you became a mother.
But change it did! And while you thought you were prepared for the many ways motherhood would wreak havoc on your once tranquil life, you had no idea what you were in for. Quite frankly, you were clueless when it came to the simple truths of parenthood, which are best summed up in three statements:
- Size 10 is the new 6.
- 7:00 a.m. is the new noon.
- It will take you 3 hours to get out the door in the morning, so schedule accordingly.
Luckily nature intervened when you tried to resist these simple truths, and you found yourself quite content in your new role as mom once you stopped fighting the inevitable. You’ve still got some rusty spots to work on, like flying into a blind rage when a childless friend refers to having a dog as “practice” for child rearing, but all in all you’re making great strides.
Three kids later, with the grown-ups in your house outnumbered 3 to 2 and a toddler who’s fond of biting people, what’s most important is that you never forget to take the time to laugh. Your kids are awesome, and you played a huge role in making them that way. They’re not only smart, kind and funny, but they’re also incredibly good-looking, which gets them far because you have no patience for goofy-looking kids. This is why you snicker under your breath when they fart at the dinner table, when you should be a mature, responsible parent and send them to their room. But come on, farts are funny!
So as you sit here on your momaversary and reflect how far you’ve come since first becoming a mom, promise yourself you’ll step out of the mundane routine of “wake-dress-feed-school-work-feed-bathe-sleep-repeat” and focus on the three amazing little people you created, none of whom care about the extra 20 lbs. you’re carrying around these days. They think you’re the best and you should too.
Now get out from in front of the computer and go get yourself a pedicure. You’ve earned it!
This is an original post to the Jersey Moms Blog. You can also find Melissa writing at Fits “N” Giggles. Melissa is a New Jersey mom.