There are many “truths” in motherhood:
- Sleep is a luxury.
- 24 hours is not enough time on any given day.
- “Mom guilt” is real and it sucks.
Each of us have discovered more truths in our own situations. After having 2 children (2 1/2 and 8 months), these are a few of mine. Perhaps you can relate:
- I haven’t set an alarm clock in 2 1/2 years. My morning wake up call now is my toddler yelling “MOM!” This ALWAYS happens earlier than I would like.
- Caffeine is the foundation of my food pyramid. Right above that is alcohol.
- There is no alone time. Showers aren’t even sacred anymore (on the days that I get them). Shaving below the knee is suddenly “good enough.”
- My kids wear cuter clothes than me. I’m in yoga pants and an old 5K run t-shirt, but my children have adorable outfits from Carter’s and Gap.
- There are almost no photos of me since my children have been born. I’m always behind the camera taking THEIR pictures. Some days, that’s best (see above). But I always wish I had more photos of the whole family laughing and playing together. Solution: Call Ten Tiny Toes Photography!
- I am almost entirely in a bubble when it comes to current events. That’s a really scary revelation for a former journalist like myself! But between diaper changes, potty training, constantly refilling sippy cups and serving 14 snacks a day, I don’t have time to digest all of the news out there. I may read some headlines on Twitter right before I collapse in to bed for the night but that’s it: world news in a mere 140 characters.
- Things that used to matter (clean house, clean car, clean anything, regular waxing, never missing an episode of my favorite TV show, reading the latest best sellers) simply don’t matter as much. I’ll get to it when I get to it. If I get to it.
- I’m not even close to the mom I thought I would be. I’m better. And my kids are the reason why. They challenge me every day and I love the heck out of them. I also love the few quiet hours I have at night when they are asleep. But by the time I crawl in to bed myself and read a few tweets, I’m exhausted… and already eagerly anticipating the sweet sound of my way too early wake up call.
Thanks for sharing your hilarious and honest truths, Stacey! Stacey is our favorite Thirty-One consultant! Be sure to check her page out here!