Since my daughter was born and I first gingerly dangled my toe into the murky waters of motherhood, I have always felt a bit out of sync when compared to other moms (and isn’t that what we do best, continually compare ourselves to those around us?). Of course, my bout with postpartum the first 6 months (or more) certainly did not help matters – especially as I struggled to find that connection with my baby that most new mothers glowingly gush about. I’ve often thought of myself as not really fitting into that standard motherhood mold, which seems to require most if not all of the following actions: cooking for the entire family 7 days a week, meticulously cleaning every nook & cranny of the house on a WEEKLY basis (this includes baseboards, windows, blinds, etc.), laundering something/anything on a DAILY basis, sewing & mending as needed, and basically satisfying everyone’s needs at all times so that no one shall be left unfulfilled……and all of this is done with a giant smile, apron on, oven mitts in hand!
Phew, that’s one hell of a job description! Not that I don’t do any of that, just maybe not as often or with as much enthusiasm. So, in celebration of those of us who are more the anti-Betty Crocker kind, I thought I’d compile my personal list of 5 random yet awesome qualities that make me who I am - a real mom, not afraid to admit my faults and sit back, eat some chocolate, and revel in my imperfections (ok, so I don’t often sit around and celebrate my inadequacies, but you get my point).
- I LOVE takeout (or carry-out, take-away, what have you) and have about 20+ menus in my collection that get used quite frequently.
- I tend to curse like a sailor, although never around my daughter if I can help it, and find it slightly cleansing to get out a good “mother******.
- Sometimes I’ll drive a little slower on the way to pick up the peanut at school, just so I can listen to Howard Stern for a few more minutes.
- I love my little girl with every fiber of my being, this cannot be stated enough, but praise the Nap Gods for my daily dose of ME TIME over the last 4 years (knock on wood, knock on wood, knock on wood)!
- A good glass of wine (or a Margarita if need be) at the end of the day solves all problems.
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