10 Things I Forget I Love About Being a Mom.

by Amber on January 12, 2012

This motherhood thing? It’s a lot of work. And a lot of the time, it can feel like a pretty thankless task. Especially when it’s been, oh I don’t know, approximately 5,000 years since you got a solid eight hours of sleep.

Mama’s Losin’ It

When I’m that tired, and stressed, and cranky, it can be hard to remember what’s good about this whole mom thing. When all I want to do is sit on the dang couch and drool, it can be tough to stay cheerful through another round of “On Top of Old Smoky.”

But Mom is a pretty awesome thing to be (especially when the kid’s finally asleep). Here are 10 things I love:

  1. Those two or three minutes, right after I pull her out of the crib in the morning, when she throws her arms around my neck and hugs me with all her might.
  2. The way she says, out of nowhere, “mommy, you’re so beautiful.” Or, “I like your shirt.” Or, “I love your hair.”
  3. The moment after a temper tantrum when she looks at me and says, “mommy, I don’t like to be grumpy.”
  4. The way she spins, grinning wildly, when a song comes on that she loves.
  5. Watching her swing, throwing her head back to stare at the sky and shrieking, “I flllyyyying!”
  6. The heavy weight of her sleepy body curled against me during a midnight snuggle.
  7. The way her eyes light up when we reunite after a long day of work and daycare.
  8. Listening to her spin stories as she plays with her toys by herself.
  9. Her laugh. Oh how I love her gleeful little laugh.
  10. The way she looks snuggled in her daddy’s lap as she shares his breakfast in the morning.

Huh. As it turns out, there are more than 10 things I love about being a mom. I could keep going and going and going…

But instead, I’m going to shut down this computer and enjoy the one hour (the only hour) I have to enjoy being plain old me before bedtime.

Night night.

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Las Vegas Mama January 12, 2012 at 10:46 pm

wow, love the new design!!!!
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Amber January 13, 2012 at 9:34 am

Thanks! I really like it too.

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Audrey January 12, 2012 at 11:43 pm

What a wonderful list! Sometimes it is hard to think of the good things, especially if its been one of “those” days
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Amber January 13, 2012 at 9:34 am

It is indeed. That’s why I write these posts…so I have something to remind me. :)

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Michelle January 13, 2012 at 12:11 am

I can’t post this on my own blog cuz my son would freak out, but my favorite part of motherhood was holding him (and later his sister) as he nursed. He nursed about 16 hours out of 24, but I loved just sitting with him. He and I became huge Conan O’Brien fans!
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Amber January 13, 2012 at 9:33 am

Oh yes. Those quiet times are nice. I miss those!

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sinddy January 13, 2012 at 8:35 am

hi amber this is great list i love it
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Rebecca January 13, 2012 at 10:09 am

How when I’m sick how my kids want to take such good care of me by bringing me ice water and crackers and blankets……..They take better care of me than my husband does.
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Amber January 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm

That’s very sweet! I can’t wait until Tori’s old enough to give me a break when I’m sick.

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Jen January 13, 2012 at 11:25 am

It is so easy to focus on the bad but we gotta stop and look at the good too. :-)

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Amber January 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

At least every once in a while. Then I can feel better about all the snark.

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Nina January 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Such an important message, Amber. I think we all get our “snark” on a lot and we need it to get through. But if we only focus on the negative it IS hard to remember the parts we like. Thanks for this post!
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Amber January 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Sometimes you’ve got to do it. Then it’s 100% okay to go back to the snark.

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Lady Jennie January 14, 2012 at 11:18 am

These are such beautiful images. It made me appreciate my own kids. :-)
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Amber January 16, 2012 at 8:55 am

(((hugs))) Hope you’re doing well, lady!

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Missy @ Wonder, Friend January 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Perfection! I’m going to make my own list, I think. And look at it – and add to it – every day, because that’s what we should be focusing on.
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Amber January 16, 2012 at 8:54 am

Yep. It is. That’s a lot easier to do when well rested and un-annoyed though. :)

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Charlotte January 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Love this. Makes me look forward to being a mom someday :)
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Amber January 16, 2012 at 8:53 am

You’ll be an awesome mom, I just know it!

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