I am sure many of you are thinking "so what?", well it is a BIG deal in the blogosphere to get to this milestone. I think back to the beginning of the blog. I started it because my friend Samantha did one about her family and I thought it was the cutest thing ever! I love that I have these memories now. I love the idea of scrapbooks, but don't have the money or the time right now to put one together. I WANT to. Hmmm.... I feel a New Year's Resolution coming on:) Anyway, I started this blog because I became a mom. I have learned so many lessons that it is humbling. I hope you enjoy my 100th post and I hope to have MANY more!!!!
Where do I begin? You have been an amazing journey for me. I love being a mom. It's the hardest, most rewarding thing I have ever done. I can't lie, some of the things that I have done since becoming a mom is surprising to me. My modesty is certainly gone. I can honestly say that I never thought that I would have a conversation with my mom, husband and sister with my hoo hoo just hanging out for all the world to see. Nor my boobs for that matter. Having a conversation with my sister while a lactation consultant is telling me I have great nipples is not something that I envisioned. (Over share, I know) I always knew that I wanted my mom in the delivery room with me, but I never envisioned relying on her SO much after my babies were born. I literally needed her there so I could pee. Motherhood taught me to appreciate my mom more. She is amazing. Motherhood, you have shown me a completely different side of my dad. He has always been a great dad and an amazing provider, but now he has a new role. He is Granddaddy and to Delaney, he walks on water. I love watching them. Motherhood, you have taught me to slow down and appreciate the little things in life. I may not be able to buy everything and anything, but I can give my baby boy and water bottle and he will flap his arms like a chicken in joy or I can let my daughter flush the potty and watch her eyes light up in amazement. I have learned that coffee really is liquid gold and feel grown up now that I have to have a cup. You have taught me that time flies by!!! I never fully understood that concept until I got pregnant. I have also learned that becoming pregnant is not something to take for granted. Yes, it happened very easily for me (once a little too easy:), but while I was basking in that joy, someone close to me was consumed with sadness and pain and I know now that being able to get pregnant was a a blessing- one I will never forget. I am so fortunate to have a husband who wanted to have more kids with his new wife. Being a mom brought us closer together. I had to lean on him a lot, which was a new concept for me. I love watching him with all of his kids. I am a mother to two little ones, but I am also a step-mom to two big ones. Motherhood- I was able to experience a little of you when I married Eric. Kaylie and Daylen are teaching me many things. I had to learn how to throw a birthday party for a kid pretty quick. I had to learn new routines with homework, lunches, practices, etc. Now I am learning all about having a teenage girl in the house! Motherhood- you blessed me with 4 kids that I get the privilege of raising and learning from. My life has changed dramatically since becoming a mom. I have learned to eat more words then I ever thought imaginable. I remember telling many people who scoffed at my organizational skills saying "that will all change when you have kids". Bologna! I would think, just because YOU can't pull it off doesn't mean I can't. Um, yeah, my bad. I also remember saying, "I will never be a stay at home mom. I love what I do and will continue". Who doesn't work now? I also said things like, my kids won't have pacifiers past the age of one, I will breastfeed until they are one, I will have kids that listen- obey. I will make sure the laundry is always done, I mean come on, HOW hard IS that? So NOW I learned to just not say anything.
I learn something new everyday and I am in awe of my kids. Watching them grow and experience new things is like experiencing it again for the first time myself. I find myself looking forward to silly things like trick-or-treating, going swimming, going to Winterhaven, or even just going to the park. Holidays now are not about us at all- they are all about the kids. Traditions old and new have become even more important and I find myself constantly thinking of new ones.
Motherhood, you are the most wonderful experience imaginable. I want to thank you for "choosing" me. My life is perfect, because of you....