10 Things I Forget I Love About Being a Mom.

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.

19 Comments on 10 Things I Forget I Love About Being a Mom.

    • Amber
      January 13, 2012 at 9:34 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks! I really like it too.

      Reply
  1. Audrey
    January 12, 2012 at 11:43 pm (4 years ago)

    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 (4 years ago)

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

      Reply
  2. Michelle
    January 13, 2012 at 12:11 am (4 years ago)

    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 (4 years ago)

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

      Reply
  3. sinddy
    January 13, 2012 at 8:35 am (4 years ago)

    hi amber this is great list i love it

    Reply
  4. Rebecca
    January 13, 2012 at 10:09 am (4 years ago)

    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 (4 years ago)

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

      Reply
  5. Jen
    January 13, 2012 at 11:25 am (4 years ago)

    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 (4 years ago)

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

      Reply
  6. Nina
    January 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm (4 years ago)

    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 (4 years ago)

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

      Reply
  7. Lady Jennie
    January 14, 2012 at 11:18 am (4 years ago)

    These are such beautiful images. It made me appreciate my own kids. :-)

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    • Amber
      January 16, 2012 at 8:55 am (4 years ago)

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

      Reply
  8. Missy @ Wonder, Friend
    January 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm (4 years ago)

    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 (4 years ago)

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

      Reply
  9. Charlotte
    January 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Love this. Makes me look forward to being a mom someday :)

    Reply
    • Amber
      January 16, 2012 at 8:53 am (4 years ago)

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

      Reply

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