The joys of motherhood! Seeing our baby take its first steps, hearing her say her first words, watching him score the winning goal at the big game, feeling their little arms around your neck before they go to bed.
These are all great moments of motherhood. They’re the easy ones, the ones that make you smile when you go to sleep.
But, then there are the other ones…..the ones where you just want a big hole to open up and swallow you. The ones where you are mentally, and physically exhausted and you have to laugh to keep from crying. Have you had any of those? I have! Here are a few messy moments of motherhood I’d like to share!
The moment when:
My 2 year old was supposed to be potty trained, yet when company came over someone stepped in a puddle on the floor….
I had to yell at my daughter for acting exactly like me!
My toddler was one of “those” children and tried to escape library story time. He hit the handicap button and bolted out the door running and giggling the whole way!
My daughter decided it would be funny to paint the cat during art time. We had a blue cat for weeks!
I realized we WERE those homeschoolers who had school in our pajamas….
My toddler got a hold of a red marker while he was potty training, he had been running around naked (easier to go that way) and colored himself….including his equipment! It was Bible School week, so I had to explain that one to the teacher!
The librarian asked me to please not bring cereal to story time anymore, my son didn’t eat it, he just threw it on the floor and stepped on it.
My son poked the doctor’s bulging belly and commented, “you’re big”!
My child spoke to her father, the way I sometimes spoke to her father….
When my child tried to jump into the baptistery at church….fully clothed, in the middle of alter call!
When I went to check out books from library, (I left my boy in eyesight coloring) and came back to find my son had gotten into the potted plant…played in the dirt and took his little fingers all across the nice big windows.
I realized I was a homeschooler who could never go back to the library….
I could go on and on, but I will spare you! The truth is motherhood is HARD! It is exhausting, and many times we will say things like
“I’ll never allow my kid’s to act like THAT”
“My kid, KNOWS better”
“That wouldn’t fly at my house….”
Only to find out a week, month or year later we have to eat our words (I did that just last week….)!
I have to remember during these moments that I am a good mom! My kids may have had a bad day or a bad moment but at the end of the day (or a few months) I can laugh about it.
There may be times when motherhood drags us down, but it is up to us to CHOOSE joy, it is up to us to find the joy in these messy moments of motherhood. Because, let’s face it, they ARE going to happen. Our kids ARE going to make mistakes, and we ARE going to mess up as moms. But, the important thing to remember?
Our kids are healthy.
They are happy.
And at the end of the day, we still want to feel their arms around our neck, and hear the words “I Love you Mama”.
And isn’t THAT all that REALLY matters?
What is one messy motherhood moment you have experienced?