Sunday, May 9, 2010

For Mothers and People who have Mothers

Before I was a mom, I thought I knew what I was getting into. And I did, sort of.

I knew there would be nights of interrupted sleep. I just didn't realize I'd have them EVERY NIGHT for the next 6 years (and counting).

I knew I'd have to clean up occasional accidents. I just didn't realize there would come a time when I would clean 3 or 4 A DAY.

I knew my kids would want to play. I just didn't realize that sometimes the ONLY way to play is to dump every toy they own onto the family room carpet and cover the mess with couch cushions and every last blanket, towel and sheet from the linen closet.

I knew they would have to eat, and I hoped that eventually they'd learn to feed themselves. I just didn't realize this milestone would come with new messes (like blueberry yogurt all over the carpet).

I knew I would love my children. I just didn't realize I'd love them more than ANYTHING else in the world.

I'm so grateful for my wonderful mom and I'm so grateful to be a mom. My family is everything to me. Writing is a fun thing I do when I have a few minutes to myself, but it isn't my focus.

One of the reasons I've made so little writing progress these past few months is that I'm pregnant. I was terribly sick for a few months and it was hard to do anything more than feed and clothe myself and my kids. But it will be worth it! Now I'm feeling good and my life should be fairly normal until the new baby comes next fall.

To all of you mothers out there HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! And to everyone else, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO YOUR MOMS! They've raised beautiful, imaginative, talented children. You should thank them.

33 comments:

Kristi Faith said...

CONGRATS!!! Another little one joining the family. Ahhh it will be wonderful. :0)

Happy Mother's Day!!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

So excited for you! Thank you for the reminder that family always comes first.

Candyland said...

Congrats! That's beautiful news. And a beautiful post. Have a good one yourself:)

Thomas Taylor said...

Hey, congratulations!

Life with small children is relentless, but never dull.

Aubrie said...

I love this Mother's Day post! Happy Mother's Day to you and your mom. :)

VR Barkowski said...

Lovely post and lovely news. Congratulations, Natalie!

Happy Mothers Day!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

I don't believe it. Every word you write applies totally to me.

Thanks for a lovely post. And Happy Mother's Day to you too!

Hardygirl said...

Happy mother's day!!! What a wonderful post, and I'm thrilled about your good news.

sf

Joanne Fritz said...

What wonderful news, Natalie. And what a beautiful post.

My kids are now 23 and 20. In a way, it gets easier. In a way, it doesn't. But you always love them more than anything else.

Happy Mother's Day to you too!

Indigo said...

Beautiful post dear friend and Congratulations on the expecting another little one. (Hugs)Indigo

B.J. Anderson said...

LOL! Congratulations, as well. Happy Mother's Day!!

laurel said...

Congrats! Hope you're having a lovely day of celebration.

Diane said...

Congrats! All your wonderful blessings. :O)

Vonna said...

Congratulations on having another baby on the way!
Children are the most fun chaos you'll ever have. Happy mother's Day!

Kristin said...

Oh, Natalie, wonderful news! Congrats on your newest addition and God bless. Happy Mother's Day.

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

Congrats! I am there with ya! I have three little ones and boy is it different than what I thought! But very very worth it. Just keep truckin' =)

Amy Tate said...

Wooooo Hooooo! CONGRATULATIONS, Natalie!!!! You made me cry with this post, gal. I hope you have a very special Mothers Day!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Wow, you slipped that little nugget in there! I am so happy for you (especially now that you are feeling better). A very happy Mother's Day to you.

CKHB said...

CONGRATULATIONS! It's so exhausting and so awesome, isn't it?

Jessie Oliveros said...

Number four, right? That's the number I'm aiming for. Taking it one baby at a time. I'm glad you are done being sick. I hate that part. And I loved you post. Being a mom is the best calling ever.

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Natalie, I'm so glad you mentioned that your family is first, even before writing. If I were given a choice and could have only one, I'd pick my family. We are doubly blessed to have both. As for the newest little one in the making, yippeee! The sickness part is very difficult, but what a special time of inward focus. I have to admit, even though I have five and feel pretty fulfilled with that number, a part of me is envious. There are few things as special as bringing new life into the world. I'll keep you in my prayers during these next months of waiting. Blessings, Roxane

Lisa and Laura said...

Happy Mother's Day Natalie!!!!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Congratulations! The first few months are the worst, aren't they? But it's all worth it- morning sickness, messy carpets, and all!

India Drummond said...

Great post... I remember those days. My son is 15 now, and I'm lucky if he tells me where he's going on his way out the door. (It is nice, though, when they can feed and clean up after themselves!)

Happy Mother's Day!

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Happy Mother's Day!

So first, thank goodness you went public. I almost slipped up a few times and let the news leak (but I didn't!)

Second, don't forget, your Stringer girls were there live and in the flesh after you first telltale vomiting moment. And don't forget who said "I bet you're pregnant." Yup, that was me. *insert smug smile here*

Congrats again. You're an awesome mom with awesome and adorable kids. :)
XO

Tabitha Bird said...

Awesome post and an great ode to motherhood :)

Happy mothers day :)

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Natalie!! Congrats on the pregnancy! I love that you announced it to us on Mother's Day. Somehow, that nudged it one more notch up the Fantastic News scale! Glad to hear you're feeling better now (gotta love the second trimester!). I'm thinking of you and wishing you a beautiful rest of your pregnancy.

Happy Mother's Day!!

Lisa said...

OMG! CONGRATS NATALIE! THAT'S SO EXCITING!

beth said...

Hurrah for mothers! This is such a touching post. :)

Emily Ann Benedict said...

Adorable post!. :) Happy Mother's day. And congrats!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Mary Campbell said...

Congratulations Natalie. I love babies - hate being pregnant. Glad you're feeling better. I would not be able to focus on writing or anything for the entire 9 months. Anyway - motherhood is full of surprises, but it is so worth it. Hope you had a great Mother's day.

Tara said...

Happy belated Mother's Day. And congratulations!!

Jen said...

Congratulations!!! Happy belated Mother's Day!!! Babies are wonderful!