In lieu of featuring a specific mom this month, we’re here to say a special thank you to you, every mom, for the crazy stuff we as moms do that only we as moms “get.” So, thank you for:
Enduring months and/or years of giving your body over to someone else. It seems so magical in theory, but incubating, delivering, and possibly feeding those little loves with all you’ve got is enough to make someone with the worst flying phobia jet across the country on a crowded plane, just for the meal service and in-flight movie.
Getting up for the 3rd time to make sure everyone is breathing and are still in their own beds (i.e. not in that half on the floor/ half on the bed awkward position).
Licking the dirt off the pacifier before putting it back in the babe’s mouth. It really is the best way to go when soap and water are not an option (or when even taking a second to wash it seems unbearable for you and your screaming child).
Freaking out when the time comes to find someone to watch the kids. If you’re going back to work or running out to a doctor’s appointment, the first time you leave your child in the care of someone else can be terrifying. Screening your own mother to assess her capabilities may be extreme, but we totally get it.
Spending all of your money on stuff for your kids. Whether it’s paying for activities, clothes, or that light-up spinning Elsa, it’s worth feeling like a broke twenty-something all over again. There is beauty in wearing your ripped college t-shirt and $12 shoes, and we admire you for it.
Oversharing, which includes but is not limited to your birth story, incessant photos of your kids, diapers and wipes with strangers who have run out and are in the middle of a crisis, and parenting advice. It may be too much at times, but we all do it. This, my friend, is a genuine, judgement free thank you.
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