Melissa’s Mothers Day Blog:
Happy Mothers Day! This will be my third Mothers day being a mom and I can’t imagine what my life was like before I became a mother. I am pretty sure I slept better and I know for sure I had never been peed on while changing a diaper and the things I worried about seem so silly now, but beyond that I honestly can’t remember what I did before Riley came into our life. Don’t get me wrong, everyday is not full of magical moments and making cookies and hallmark cards. Some days I lose my patience. Some days I wake up with every intention of taking him to the library and the park and the museum but instead I give him a roll of painters tape and let him tape himself and the dog together. And to be honest I think he enjoyed that just as much. And you know what? I think that’s ok. The most important thing I have learned from becoming a mom is that Mom’s need to give themselve’s a break. I see other mothers so stressed out and trying so hard to be perfect and while I wish I had the time to make homemade organic trail mix for Riley and teach him French I would rather give him some store-bought raisins and teach him to say Thank-you….in any language would be fine. I guess I am saying I don’t think Riley cares if I am perfect. All he wants is to be with me. He wants me to play with him. He wants me to be silly. Those things I can do. I can’t make him organic meals everyday. Ok I could. I just don’t want too. And for the moms who do I applaud you! That’s another thing I have learned. Mothers need to give OTHER mothers a break too. We all do things different. Our priorities are not the same. Our methods and choices aren’t like everyone else’s. My priorities are that Riley be kind, that he knows there is a whole world around him with different people and ideas, that he is happy, that he laughs, that he feels secure in the knowledge that we love him unconditionally. That we love him enough to say no.
I also want to take a moment to thank my mom. Thank You mom for always making me believe that I could do anything I dreamed. I don’t think I could have chosen a career filled with rejection and no job security if I hadn’t been raised to believe in myself. So thanks Pam! You’re a wonderful mother and a SUPER grandma. I love you very much. And yes It’s true. We do turn into our mothers. I now love going to Michael’s Craft store and getting my craft on. Thanks Pam!
I truly know I am a mom because I have found myself saying to Riley when he says “That’s not fair”..”Well, write a letter to your governor”. I know. I am saying things like that a lot. And proud of it.
So for everyone out there have a fantastic Mothers Day! Whether you’re a mom, a daughter, the super-cool aunt, the honorary auntie or the best-friend of a mom who lends an ear and a hand and sometimes a much-needed margarita, Enjoy the day and remember sometimes a roll of painters tape is an afternoon of fun and that organic trial mix would taste so much better with M&M’s or skittles in it!
PS. I am pretty sure Riley will give me a dinosaur for Mothers Day and I am pretty sure I will Love it!