It was about the time my son was two months old when I decided motherhood is really tough. Not because I hadn’t slept a full night in months. Not because I couldn’t console a screaming newborn. Not because I had about three minutes a day to devote to my husband; sex was a distant memory. And not because I was afraid that the perfect, sweet being I had created would someday morph into a seething, defiant teen. (Although, let’s be serious … The thought frightens me). It’s difficult because mothers are striving to do what’s right for their little ones in a world that’s wrong. And it’s even trickier because for every decision you think is right, you will find some evidence (or annoying in-law) that tells you it’s incorrect.

Moms everywhere know and moms-to-be will soon know that when it comes to choosing what’s right for your child, everything is conflicting. Nothing is cut and dry. Sometimes it’s not about “going with your gut.” Instead, it’s picking the option that’s least likely to make you vomit because it’s all sickening.

So as I embark on the most important job of my life, I’m going to have to accept and embrace the fact that I’m only 50% perfect …50% perfect moms unite!

_________

Mom to Brody, wife to Chris, frustrated speech and communication instructor by trade, writer at heart.

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2 Responses to “In case you were wondering …”

  1. gina b Says:

    Oh my goodness, how incredibly well put!! You are SO right. I have a dear friend, a mom of 4, who thinks she is always right, on her choices for herself and for every other mom she knows too. Finally, about 3 weeks ago, as I was detailing some difficulty with one of my special needs children, and she was giving her standard file advice, she ACTUALLY said, “oh you’re right. That is a different situation, and it wouldn’t work.” That’s the last time she gave me advice, but unfortunately another dear friend is having her first baby and takes my other friend’s parenting advice like gospel. I’m curious to see how THAT turns out…

    Mainly because all the ideas you set down during your first pregnancy go out the window when REALITY hits, isn’t that the fun part?

    Look how lovely you are and how cute your little peanut is! waving from Macungie,
    gina

  2. Peggy Says:

    Your mom sent me this link. How true and wonderful all of your writing is. Can’t wait to read your daily (when you find the time) updates. It will definetly add a laugh to my hectic but very boring days. Brody is beautiful and you look great!!!! Call me soon. Let’s get all of the kids together soon. Love you.
    Peggy

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