Motherhood is different things to different people. It is also different things at different times to these same people. One minute a frustration, the other a burst of laughter. Missed sleep, lost toys, and money spent on things that end up in the trash. But every day and everywhere motherhood is a blessing, a joy, and a medal earned. In an attempt to capture what motherhood means to me, I sought out the alphabet for inspiration and guidance. Here is the alphabet of motherhood for me right now, one letter at a time:
A ~ After: life after kids; if only I had known.
B ~ Bath: that time I previously used to unwind has become a major event requiring hours of prep and hours of cleanup.
C ~ Cuddles: before and after bed, sandwiching the hours, marking the favorite parts of my day.
D ~ Dentist: there is nothing like a story from the dentist about the ‘sugar bugs’ pooping and peeing on your teeth.
E ~ Early: very early. 5:00 in the morning early.
F ~ Friends: people who had not existed in my life before are now my best friends because of my kids.
G ~ Gum: when did it become okay for a four-year-old to chew gum? Or is it just mine?
H ~ Hungry: my children are constantly hungry for snacks, but hardly ever for meals.
I ~ Independent: first I wanted them to be independent, then I realized my mistake.
J ~ Just in Case: extra outfits, snacks, band aids, butt wipes.
K ~ Kisses: on baby lips, warm cheeks, and soft chins. On necks, hands, and heads. Theirs and mine.
L ~ Love: a whole lot of love flowing from all around our small, full house.
M ~ Moms’ Night Out: a must for every mom, at least once a month.
N ~ No: never the right answer.
O ~ Opinion: these kids seems to have one on everything!
P ~ Patience: lots and lots of it.
Q ~ Questions: the same ones asked over and over and over again.
R ~ Rest: a word I now need to look up in the dictionary. It’s an illusive, evasive notion to actually take the time to sit down.
S ~ Sleep: one of these days I will get enough. But, will I ever really?
T ~ Tears: lots and lots shed at bedtime, bath time, meal time, get-ready time, time-to-go time, play time, and really, any time!
U ~ Underwear: my four-year-old thinks it’s a perfectly acceptable form of attire.
V ~ Victorious: how they feel when they have mastered a new task.
W ~ Whining: need I say more?
X ~ X-rays, something we have been very fortunate without.
Y ~Yelling: a really bad habit; one that I am working on breaking.
Z ~ Zoo: one of our favorite places to visit.