Today’s blog challenge prompt was “who do you admire the most and why”. My answer is simple: MOMS
No offense to the dads out there, but moms have it harder. We give up our own body for 9 months. We gain weight, have ridiculous mood swings/hormone imbalances and cravings, we get a barrage of questions from everyone about the baby, we even get touched by complete strangers who want to feel the baby kick. Then there’s labor/delivery (no need to expand on that). Then theres all the feedings and a majority of the diaper changes, making sure your kid(s) have everything they need whenever you leave the house, which sometimes leaving the house in and of itself can be very hard to do sometimes. Then making sure your kid behaves (at least somewhat) while out and about and making sure they come home with what they left with. Theres arranging all doctor appointments, play dates, parties, party favors, eat. On top of managing the household, making dinner, doing all the laundry, bath times, teeth brushing, bed time stories, kissing all the ouchies, spraying monster repellant in the closets, and on and on, all while trying to maintain some semblance of the person you were before you had a kid. And then there are the superMOMS that have more than one kid. I’m in awe and admiration of you. I applaud you when I see you out and about and you look like you have all your sh*t together with your perfect kids and perfect life (yes I know that no one is perfect). I have no idea sometimes how people can manage more than one kid. Though I would give anything to have another and find out. This parenting stuff is hard work, but oh so rewarding. So when you see a mom out there, give her a high-5, or go hug your own mom. Tell a mom she is doing a great job, regardless of the way she looks or the way her kids are acting at that moment. Call your mom and let her know how much you admire her.