My mother and I have always been very close but now that I am a mom, I lean on her more than ever.
The day before the twins were born, my mom and I went out to Panera Bread. I asked her, “What am I going to do with them all day?” My mom laughed at me. I meant since babies don’t move or talk, how am I going to entertain them? I knew I would be busy changing diapers and feeding the babies but I never knew how busy and overwhelming it would be to take care of twin babies. I felt overwhelmed and cried a lot!
My mom is a 4th grade teacher and while I was on maternity leave with my twins, she came over to my house to help me every day after school at about 4pm. If it was 4:02pm, I would call her and ask “Where are you?” Ha! The days were LONG, lonely, and tough but my mom helped me in ways I couldn’t imagine.
Now, every day after she teaches, she picks up all 3 of my kids at the babysitter’s house, brings them to my house, and watches them for about 3 hours until my husband and I get home from work. At an age when she should be thinking about retiring, she is practically working two jobs. My kids can definitely be a handful since they are 2 and 4. Plus, at the end of the day, they are cranky since bedtime is approaching. It’s a tough job and I appreciate EVERYTHING she does for our family.
Being a mother is the most challenging role. (Visit Scary Mommy for the most accurate motherhood quotes) I find it to be much easier to go to work because it’s quiet, no one is fighting, and I can have adult conversations. At home, things can be wild! Since the kids are so close in age, there are a lot of issues with sharing and if one gets angry or hyper, they feed off each other’s energy and start acting up as well. Even though a lot of being a mom of 3 kids is putting out fires, it is also fun seeing their personalities develop, hearing the funny things they say, and seeing how much they love each other.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there! I hope you have an amazing day!