Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

There are so many different moms out there with different styles and kids of every kind, but the universal theme of motherhood is we love our kids with every fiber of our being and all striving to the best mom we can be. Our hearts are outside our body walking around with our happiness tied up into the contigency plan that if they're happy, we're happy. I still can't believe I'm lucky to fall into that category of motherhood when there were many days and especially late nights I never thought it would happen and it's here with another blessing on the way. Lily has taught me how to live life happier, fuller and always make time to blow bubbles, tickle, use my imagination, giggle, and with her here it cements the fact that everything is okay in this world because she (and her future brother/sister) are here to celebrate all the ups and downs, while everything is a lot more "up" because of her/them.

I received this email and fell in love with every word...

Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,
I didn't know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom

This blog post took the words right out of my heart too.

Happy Mother's Day to every mom or mom-to-be out there. Thank you to my own mom, Dottie, Mabel, Grace, Virginia and Thelma for making the shoes extra large to fill as we find our way following in your beautiful footsteps!

Thank you Lily and our little October baby for making this day possible for me to celebrate and feel like a million bucks without Ed McMahon even knocking on my door!

Life is good.


jen said...

happy mama day to you ... beautiful words and beautiful pictures ...
(1 handed typing is hard ...)

Tisha said...

happy mothers day kelly! love that poem, so glad you get to be a mommy to 2 soon!

are you going to find out if baby 2 is a boy or girl and will you tell "us"? :-)

The Manrings said...

oh kelly...this brought tears to my eyes. what a beautiful email that you posted. just perfect for mother's day and puts everything in perspective, thats for sure. nothing describes the love of a mom. happy mother's are doing an amazing job and building such a beautiful, loving family!! xo

Anna Ruth said...

That poem brought chills! It's beautiful and so true. Happy Mother's Day!

Heidi said...

tears. so true. every word! we are so lucky to have the love and trust of these little people.

happy mother's day, kelly!!!


Jennifer said...

beautiful mother's day pictures...
but where are you??