- Reveling in chubby thighs and belly fat (just not your own).
- Wiping someone else’s butt for a long, long time.
- Never — sleeping — again. Because inevitably, someone’s going to cry out, want to eat, wet the bed, or puke in the middle of the night.
- Celebrating milestones. Like the first day of kindergarten, high school prom, dropping them off at college, watching them walk down the aisle, having children of their own.
- Many, many, many tears over all of the above milestones, and oh so much more.
- Nurturing another living thing.
- Poop. Enough said.
- Learning to laugh about the poop because you understand what they mean when they say “don’t sweat the small stuff.”
- Being amused by the funniest people in the whole world.
- Never putting yourself first, and most of the time, being okay with it.
- Feeling so full of pride over someone else’s accomplishments.
- Having your heart broken.
- Being surprised on a daily basis — usually pleasantly.
- Relishing hugs and kisses in a completely different way.
- Never appreciating your own mother enough, or having the slightest bit of understanding of what she sacrificed for you, until you have kids of your own. Thank you mom! I love you!!
What does being a mom mean to you?