What Being a Mom Means.

Being a mom means greeting the news that your baby seems interested in toilet training with as much enthusiasm as you would a free trip to the Caribbean.

Being a mom means disappearing on a Friday evening “to get milk,” and escaping to Target for a blissful hour or two.

Being a mom means gaining rock hard biceps without ever making a trip to the gym.

Being a mom means being saddled with a squishy belly that no amount of crunches seems to touch.

Being a mom means dreaming of a two hour nap with the same longing you once reserved for expensive heels and designer duds.

Being a mom means realizing you’ve gone two months without dying your hair…

And deciding it can wait a little longer.

Being a mom means mourning your pre-pregnancy body – but never giving up hope that you can get back there.

Being a mom means knowing you are unconditionally loved…

And that someday, you’ll be hated with the same passion (at least upon occasion).

Being a mom means being jealous of your friends’ stories of drunken debauchery.

Being a mom means you’d much rather curl up with your husband on the couch than hit the bar.

Being a mom means you finally feel like an adult.

But being a mom also means  you often wish your mom was there to tell you what to do.

Being a mom is fantastic, exhilarating, exhausting and bewildering.

Being a mom means something different every day.

What does being a mom mean to you?

16 Comments on What Being a Mom Means.

  1. BalancingMama (Julie)
    October 3, 2010 at 8:29 pm (5 years ago)

    As usual, I agree – totally! My sister has been spending mega bucks for a personal trtainer, and she is jealous of my biceps! My arms have never looked so good. And I never, ever work out (in the official capacity, anyway). I also miss my mom more often. Like now, when Amelia is sick and hubby is headed on a quick business trip. I want mom to come help me! But she’s in another state.

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    • Amber
      October 4, 2010 at 11:44 am (5 years ago)

      Yeah. My mom’s in another state too. Sucks when you need some extra support…

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  2. alicia
    October 3, 2010 at 11:01 pm (5 years ago)

    Amen, sister! I couldn’t agree more. I’m still trying to get those abs back. lol. Being a mom is both the agony and the ecstaty and all the stuff in between. Being a mom is the best thankless job you’ll ever have in this life time.

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    • Amber
      October 4, 2010 at 11:43 am (5 years ago)

      Summed up very nicely, lady! No worries about the typos. They give a comment character.

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  3. alicia
    October 3, 2010 at 11:02 pm (5 years ago)

    I want to thank you for not having those word verification boxes, however it caught me off guard and I ended up with typos. I apologize. It should read ecstasy.

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  4. Cheryl D.
    October 3, 2010 at 11:54 pm (5 years ago)

    What a great post! I agree 100 percent!

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  5. Jessica - This is Worthwhile
    October 4, 2010 at 10:43 am (5 years ago)

    It also means thinking way too damn hard all the damn time. I thought it was rough in school! Pfft! I was so wrong…

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    • Amber
      October 4, 2010 at 11:42 am (5 years ago)

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who does that!

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  6. MommyLisa
    October 4, 2010 at 10:53 am (5 years ago)

    never ending piles of laundry…

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    • Amber
      October 4, 2010 at 11:42 am (5 years ago)

      and don’t forget dishes…

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  7. SaucyB
    October 4, 2010 at 1:49 pm (5 years ago)

    I don’t know that i’ve seen a description of motherhood before that was so succinct and so true.

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    • Amber
      October 4, 2010 at 8:25 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks! That means a lot!

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  8. Rebecca
    October 4, 2010 at 2:08 pm (5 years ago)

    Being a mom means……getting out of bed to fix breakfast, clean up the mess, go to the living room to build a fort with the couch cushions and spare blankets all while running a fever of 102, barfing and having diarrhea.

    Being a mom means…you get no sick days.

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    • Amber
      October 4, 2010 at 8:24 pm (5 years ago)

      How true. I’m thinking a get well soon is in order?

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  9. Kelly
    October 4, 2010 at 4:35 pm (5 years ago)

    All of these are spot on. Well, except how I’d rather be at the bar with my husband because being a mom means you never get time to indulge your relationship.

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    • Amber
      October 4, 2010 at 8:24 pm (5 years ago)

      Yeah. That’s true. Being at the bar probably would sound good if I wasn’t so dang exhausted.

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