I often think about how much I enjoy being a mom. How much more I enjoy it than I thought I would. And how much more I enjoy it when I focus on all of the truly enjoyable aspects there are to it. So I thought I’d share some of the best things that motherhood has brought to my life …and I kinda hoped you would too. I really love relishing in all the happiness sometimes!
Being able to find excitement in so many more things
One of my friends asked me recently if Christmas was more fun before or after having a kid.
Which was a no brainer. After, definitely. NO question!
Remember how magical Christmas was when YOU were a kid? Being a parent is JUST like that. Maybe even better.
Seeing and feeling all of that excitement through them is amazing but then being the person who gets to plan and prepare the whole thing…that’s like, so much better!
I even love kids movies now and get almost as excited as he does about squinkies or action figures, I imagine as he grows and finds new talents and interests I’ll be able to broaden mine as well. It’s like having a whole new way to experience life through someones fresh (or sometimes quite muddy) perspective.
Motherhood makes everything sweeter.
As I’ve talked about before, I wasn’t dying to be a mom, before I accidentally became one. I thought I’d live and get as much out of life as possible before I had kids, because once I did that would be..you know..the end of my life. I felt like the warnings to wait from other parents came often. Begging me like Adam Sandler on Billy Madison did to the kid who was excited to go to highschool. Squeezing his chubby cheeks yelling “STAY HERE STAY AS LONG AS YOU CAN! FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND HOLY, CHERISH IT!”
Much to my surprise I felt quite the opposite after I had Christian. I felt like life made so much more sense. I enjoyed and got so much more out of everything now that I could share it with him. I wished, in a way, that I could go back and have had him longer. I look forward to enjoying life with him, not in spite of him or when he’s asleep or before he was born.
Sure I enjoy when he goes to sleep or sleeps over at his grandma’s house too, but I was very surprised by how much he enriched my life in every way.
I love all living things more than I did before
I have always been a lover of people. They just do it for me.
When Christian was born, though, I felt like my heart grew three sizes bigger.
I see his face in every small baby or animal and instantly love it more. I think of him when someone upsets me, how much their parents must love them and want them to be treated with kindness and respect. I think of him when I get critical with myself or my body. How sad would I be if Christian felt like that about himself? How silly would I think he was? He has given me so much more love and understanding to spread around.
It makes my love for my husband stronger
Nick and I dated long before I had Christian. I totally fell for him. His good looks, his goodness, the way he thinks. It didn’t compare much to the way I feel about him now though, after just under 2 years of being in a family with him. Having someone, maybe the only one, who loves your child the way you do, who sacrifices for them the way you do and who shows them a perfect example of how they should treat their wife when they grow up is the most bonding experience I can think of. It’s far more romantic than any honeymoon getaway or candlelight dinner could be.
It helps me stay focused on what’s important in life.
If I didn’t have a little 3 foot reminder of how unimportant certain things were I might forget. In fact, before I had him I forgot A LOT. I still do but it only lasts so long now when, at any moment, I can get wrapped up in a hug by such a pure little human being who knows that the only REALLY important things in life are being together and loving each other.