Today is the eve of my eldest daughter’s birthday, the day I became a mom. And today is ALSO my 4-year anniversary from when I became a full-time stay-at-home-mom. CRAZINESS… But this is my momiversary.
I celebrate and acknowledge these days every year because it reminds me of when I started a job that is more important and bigger than anything else I will ever get an opportunity to do. Raising these three little stinkers gives me headaches, makes me tired, and causes my cleaning tendencies to go into hyperdrive.
You always hear things like “it’s the hardest job in the world”, “it is so rewarding”, “it is hard but the cuddles make up for it”, “it never gets easier, it just changes”, and “I wouldn’t change it for anything”. While these statements are true about motherhood, I have a few new statements on this anniversary that I would like to share with you that I’ve learned since past year.
Motherhood is not easy, but nothing in life worth having is.
Being a full-time mom is hard, but so is being a working mom or a single mom. Being a mom is just hard…period.
Being a mom is more about being a teacher than being a friend.
Having your children get play dates, is better than winning the lottery. Just sayin’… 🙂
And the most important lesson I learned this year about motherhood is that being a mom often takes so much out of you that you will forget who you are as an individual. Finding a balance between these is more crucial than getting your house work done. (Trust me on this one)
There will always be contests, illnesses, milestones, talents, friends, school, and other drama to deal with for my kiddos, but the number one thing I did for my kids that made the largest impact was taking more time for myself.
I felt so selfish doing it, and still do at times, but my life can’t just be a bunch of Thursdays and carpools strung together. And I truly feel that this year has already been so much better for our whole family.
I love that these anniversaries of mine always come just before mothers day too. So I threw together a little cheat sheet shopping list for those who are struggling to come up with a gift for mom. My advice is, give her something she loves to do on her own, or help her find a new hobby or talent. Get her something that will let her spend time doing what she loves. Yay moms!
So my gift ideas may seem a bit random this year, but they are all things I’m pining after. 🙂
Gift Card there is a lot to be said for not just giving a gift, but giving the gift of shopping for her own gift. It’s like 2 gifts in 1!
And if you still need ideas… check her Amazon, Pinterest and Etsy favorites for some inspiration. Seriously…go. 🙂