Monday, April 06, 2009

what I love most about being a mom

I was recently tagged by Karen over at A Day In The Life and asked to put down into words Five things that I love most about being a mother.
That's' a tough one because there's so much.

1. I especially love being a mother to Lulu specifically.
but seriously, I feel so privileged to be her mother.
I just feel like she's just so beautifully special and unique, that I feel really proud to be her mom.

2. I love the feeling of her tiny soft hand when we hold hands- which thankfully is still often.

3. I love her cute giggles and when I can really make her laugh with a funny story about "when I was a little girl..."
she loves those stories- especially when they revolve around one of the many crazy dogs we had back when I was a kid.
"tell me the one about the doggies under the Christmas tree mommy!! again again!!"
she's my number one fan and I love it.

4. I love that being a mother makes me way more aware of everything around me- and makes me really and truly want to be a better person so that I can set a good example for my beautiful daughter.

5. I love that being a mother has brought me so much closer to my own mother- it has really taught me how special a mother and daughter relationship really is.

6. I love how much more centered and focused I have become since being a mother.
I really don't sweat the small stuff nearly as much as I did in the past.

7. I love how Lulu makes me do my very best to savour each and every day and to stop and smell the roses a bit more than I used to.
literally every time we walk by the flower shop on our block...

8. I love how being a mother has made me put less emphasis on material things and more about things that really matter.
Like family, health and happiness- in that order.

9. I love reading lulu her stories at bedtime and when she says to me "let's chat about our day mama..." then kissing her goodnight, dimming the lights just so, winding the music box, sneaking one more kiss and hug and saying "nite nite, sweet dreams and I'll see ya in the morning" and she repeats that back to me as I walk down the stairs.

10. I love when Lulu snuggles up in bed with me in the mornings and softly strokes my arm telling me how much she loves me and that "you're the best mama!"

11. I love spending time doing interesting things on the weekends that we might never have done if we didn't have a three year old. Like visiting local farms, the sugar shack, family festivals and museums.
So fun.

12. I love everything about being a mother.
yes even the tears and tantrums, because although they are super frustrating, in the end, they teach me patience- never one of my strong suits.
Motherhood is one giant learning curve and I love that.

Okay I don't really love having to rush out the door to pick Lulu up after only a couple of hours of personal time (which never seems enough to really get much done- especial important things like writing a post)
As in I better get moving or she'll be the last one picked up today.
But I do love when she comes running over to me and gives me a huge hug and tells me how much she missed me, holds my hand and asks me what's on tap for the rest of the day together...

okay way more than five- but I couldn't help it.
Anyone else care to share what they love most about being a mother?


Don Mills Diva said...

I think you pretty much covered it. I think the "I love you soooo much mommy" hugs are just about the best thing life has to offer.

Ms. Porter said...

I will probably share over on my blog...but later today. I've got two sickies on my hands today!

Lovely post PG...and lovely pic too. I think it's the first one you've shared up close like that. Such a pretty Mama you are! Lulu looks so much like you.

Amanda said...

Oh this is so sweet. What a great mom you are... and what an adorable picture of the two of you.

One thing I love about motherhood is that I'm learning something every day. Things that I never paid much attention to before. And they're learning right along with me. Jack and I are getting good at breathing and counting together ;)

kgirl said...

I love that there are 12 things on your list of 5. You two are gorgeous, simply gorgeous.

Karen MEG said...

Thanks for "playing"... that was lovely, just lovely.

And your paragraph about rushing out the door ... that is SO me :). Even the girl's teacher has commented whenever the girl asks "Mommy, why do you come so late?" ... her teacher replies for me: "Well, mommy is actually right on time... it's the OTHER moms who come so early that make it seem late!"

So true... and her teacher's a mom too :).

Beautiful shot of you gorgeous girls.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear how well things are going! And disney - how fun! xoxojb
Say HI to big daddy and Lulu!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful list!! It reminds me that being a mother is the best thing in the world. The 2 of you are simply gorgeous!!

Sarah said...

A bit late in reading this, pg. BUT - I can so relate to your list. Especially how a little girl can remind you of the person you want to try and be for her. So true...

gentian/enzian said...

so true what you say about being mother. warm hugs pleas me even when my kidz are in the age of 24 and 25. sometimes you get hurt by children, but a mothers love is big enough to overcome this.
being mother is such an important job :-))