Is it just me or have these days been flying by lately?! Our wedding is getting closer and it seems like there is still a never ending list of things that still need to be done. I literally woke up this week and had a minor heart attack that it’s almost May! We have so many exciting things coming up this month but one of the more important one’s for us is Mother’s Day! So, I decided that I would put together a little ‘Mother’s Day’ series, and share different posts within the coming weeks! For the first post, I thought I would do something a little different and share with you 5 things that I have learned about myself from being a mama:
- I wear my heart on my sleeve. Being a mom has really drawn this trait out more frequently. It sometimes makes me extremely vulnerable to my emotions, but I realize that it’s not a bad trait to have. Does it make me cry at the dumbest things? Um, yes!! I cried at the end of the Fast and the Furious where they showed Paul Walker’s face with that one song playing …. Justin never lets me live that down 😛 But it also makes me very aware of how I am feeling and I think being a mom has given me the courage to stand up for those emotions.
- I am a pretty good cook. This one was definitely a surprise to me. I probably had a whole 3 things that I could cook really well before I met Justin, which combined with his 5, basically rounded our menu options to 10 meals we would cook on a daily basis. But with Kaeden came certain lifestyle choices that changed the way that we thought about what we were eating and basically brought us back to square one. We’ve had to rely a lot more on trying knew things and cooking meals that we’ve never made before, sometimes improvising and making things from scratch. Add cooking for a toddler into the mix, and well, you get the jist.
- I am not as much of a neat freak anymore. Don’t get me wrong, there is only so much clutter I can handle. But I have really become so much comfortable in this liveable mess that comes along with parenthood. I used to vacuum every day and make sure the laundry was always done, and I used to cringe every time Kaeden made a mess in his high chair. Now, I’m lucky if I do the laundry every week, or if there isn’t a meal that doesn’t land up all over the floor. Being a mom has really made me more relaxed when it comes to messes and rather than get stressed out about it, I’ve learned to embrace it.
- I am a planner. I was always a planner even before I became a mom but with Kaeden around, I am even more now. As a mom, you need to know what your doing, what time your doing it, how much time out of the day it’s going to take … All of that accounts for meal times, how many diapers I need to pack, how many bottles of milk should we take, should I plan on it cutting into nap time. Everything revolves around my child now and I like having an idea of what our day is going to look like, so I can plan accordingly. And let’s be honest, it gives me a little sense of control over our day, which with a toddler is never predictable.
- I am stronger than I think I am. This is something that I have to continually remind myself. Being a mom has brought me so much happiness but it also has brought along so many different challenges in all aspects of my life. But no matter what I face, I know that nothing is harder than being a mom. And if I can do that, then I can do anything.