Undeniable Signs You Are An Awesome Mom

One thing that all moms share in common is their ability to denigrate their own abilities as a parent. It’s easy to do, after all – you spend your entire life looking after the kids, sacrifice yourself day after day, and are so exhausted that it can suck all your positive thoughts away.

Also, we’re not helped when we read the multitude of blog posts and magazine articles by people who seem to find this whole parenting thing a breeze – and that are happy to point out that everything you are doing is wrong.

But, here’s the deal: we’re all different, and I bet those smug mommies have just as many bad days as all the rest of us – they just don’t show it. With all this in mind, I thought I would go through some of the reasons why, even though you might not think it, you are, indeed, an awesome mom.

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Perfect planning (a.k.a. you get where you need to be)

Being a mom is a little like being in a tornado – your days are swept away, and you have no real idea whether you are coming or going. No amount of preparing and planning for parenthood can get you ready for the whirlwind experience. But if you make it to where you are going, you are succeeding. It doesn’t matter that you don’t know how you managed to arrive at your little one’s playgroup, or that you turned up for your doctor’s appointment wearing your blouse inside out. The point is, you made it – and you’re awesome for doing so.

 

Your kids smile a lot

Parenting can make you frustrated, worried, angry, and useless. But if your children smile a lot, it’s all you need to prove to yourself that you are, in fact, just being awesome. No matter how tired you are, or how much you worry you aren’t doing right by your child if they are smiling and content, you know you are doing things the right way.  

 

Your home is a mess

Are you embarrassed at the fact that your home looks like it has been hit by a hurricane? While cleanliness is vital when you have young kids, tidiness is not. And if you have a messy home because you are putting all your attention into engaging with your children, it’s a good thing. Don’t be embarrassed, as the simple truth is that you will get other days to tidy up, whereas you will never experience this particular day or time with your babies ever again. Awesome moms are messy because they have more important priorities – it’s as simple as that.

You smell

One thing new mothers have to learn pretty fast is that your personal hygiene is going to have to take a hit. And it’s OK to go outside without showering first, or even wear your loungewear to the grocery store once in awhile – complete with baby food stains, of course. Ultimately, the messier you look and the stinkier you smell, the more focus you are putting on your baby – so you won’t hear a bad word from a good mom.

You cry a lot

New moms – and experienced ones, too – have uncontrollable hormones flying about all over the place. And guess what? Not only is it entirely reasonable to have a blub two or three times a day, but it is also good for you. Crying is a healthy way to release your emotion, deal with stress, and make you feel better. In fact, it’s actually more worrying if you never shed a tear. So, cry away you awesome mom, and do so in the knowledge that new moms around the world are doing exactly the same thing.

 

You do your best

Finally, deep down, we all know when we are trying our best – it’s something we can feel from the inside out. And if you are doing all you can but still feel it’s not enough, the simple truth is that you are being hard on yourself. At the end of the day, if you can make it through the day and your baby is fast asleep in their crib, and you know you have done your best, it’s all every awesome mom can do without help.  And whether you reward yourself with a glass of wine, a TV show, or an early night – you deserve it.

 

Do you have any tips to add for other awesome moms that might be feeling the pace? Why not share them in the comments section below

 

Choosing Bedding for a Baby Crib

You visited countless stores and websites, pored over pictures and changed your mind half a dozen times before you finally decided on the perfect baby crib for your precious little one. Now it is time to select bedding that is just as ideal. If you thought there was no end to the infant furniture available, just wait until you start shopping for sheets and blankets. Beginning with a list of considerations can help you narrow down the choices before you even start shopping.

Considering the style of your baby crib and other nursery furniture can help you choose bedding that complements the décor. For example, if you have primarily traditional furnishings, you might want to choose sheets, bumpers and other linens that lean toward classic, such as a quilt or seersucker design. If your nursery scheme leans toward modern, you can select something trendier. Of course, there is no law against being eclectic. Look for a style that speaks to you.

Your newborn’s gender is likely a major influence on your choice of baby crib bedding. You probably would not select a glittery pink butterfly set for a boy or a dinosaur collection for a girl –although you certainly could, if you wanted to! If you are waiting to find out your baby’s gender or are planning on multiples and want to stick with a single theme, you can always opt for a neutral arrangement such as teddy bears in beige and brown or a French toile design.

Finally, you will want to consider the size, fabric and price of the bedding you buy. Most cribs are a universal size, and so sheets are as well. However, there are times when you may require a special size, such as if you purchased a round crib or had your baby crib custom made. These special circumstances will have an effect on the bedding you select. Fabric should be soft, hypoallergenic and easy to care for and the price should, of course, fit your budget.

Once you have contemplated all of these factors, you will be well armed to take on the baby boutiques, child super stores and new parent websites to find the ideal set of bedding for your tiny new sweetheart.

My Motherhood Journey by Ria

This is a guest post by my dear friend Ria. If you want to do guest post too here at MommaWannabe, do let me know by filling in the contact form.

I am very thankful for the opportunity my good blogging friend, Jade gave me. I am so honored to do this post for her and it makes me happy to do so. Anything for a friend…

Well, this post is something very close to my heart. It’s about the rollercoaster ride of motherhood.

It is one of the best experience a woman can ever feel in her lifetime. It is both pleasant and frightening, similar to riding a rollercoaster with its many dips and turns. However, like any rollercoaster ride, it is not always down. Motherhood has so many “ups” to offer and I can vouch for that – because I am a mom.

I have never thought I would feel an immense love to that tiny being fluttering in my stomach when I found out I was pregnant. It is an unconditional love you feel to your unborn child knowing he or she is God’s blessing. I knew the moment I got married that I was ripe for that purpose, to carry a child in my womb and give birth to His likeness and being.

The first rollercoaster dip to a motherhood is the 9-months journey to reach one’s full term in pregnancy. Mine was very difficult. I was always bleeding and at the brink of miscarriage. I had to skip many days off work. I had a long and painful labor before I saw a glimpse of my little one – the source of my joy from there on. I knew then that I have come in full circle as a mother and have fully paid my dues to my mom when I gave birth.

Raising my daughter was another story. I had to endure sleepless night watching her sleep. My rollercoaster ride to motherhood had taken its twist and turn now. With a limited savings, a husband who left for a better future for us while our daughter was young and being a first time mom in a home away from my family terrified me. I had to be both brave and strong for my daughter because no one else would be there when I had to cry for help. More dips, turns and twists to motherhood ensued right after. Being a mom also means you have to endure your child’s pain. Every child goes through their ritual of getting sick and going in and out of the hospital. I had my share of that and more while I was alone. A mother had to endure all that.

The many ups of motherhood is one to make your heart soar in great heights. For me, seeing her smile, getting chocolate-smudged kisses and hugs, holding her small hands, being with her are joys of a mother. These are valuable moments that cannot be measured and bought. Now I am aware of the depth of a mother’s love because I can feel it too. It’s very profound, very intense and very powerful. That’s a mother’s love.

And that rollercoaster ride does not end there. You will have to go through the process over and over again because that’s what a mother does. So, if you’re just planning or is already a mother or currently conceiving, this is all I have to say – enjoy the ride. It is all worth it.

For more personal insights of this guest blogger’s motherhood journey and experience, please visit her at www.riablahgs.com.

Advance Happy Mother’s Day to all you Great Mother’s out there.

My Motherhood Journey by Gene

This is a guest post by one of my marces, Gene. If you want to do guest post too here at MommaWannabe, do let me know by filling in the contact form.

Who are you?

I’m Genebei Faith . I’m Genegene to my parents, Ate Geb to my siblings, Gene to my friends but I’m called Jenny here in Thailand.

What is motherhood like ?

Motherhood is one of the noblest professions in the whole wide world. It doesn’t need a degree to excel but it takes a lot of courage, patience, love and understanding to stay on the course. This is one of the priceless jobs where your efforts couldn’t be paid by money . The pure love you get from this kind of profession is enough to make your day bright.

When did you know you are ready for motherhood?

The moment I decided to marry my boyfriend is the moment I started to know that I’m READY for motherhood!

What challenges did you face during the first years?

During the first year of motherhood? I’m uncomfortable with the weight I gained and the stretch marks left on my body…LOL! It’s challenging to get organized but I learned how to manage my time for my son, hubby, household chores and my work. I’m a “sleep lover” so it’s kind of a challenge to wake up early or to wake up in the middle of the night to change nappies or feed the baby. It’s a BIG challenge when your baby is not feeling well!

How many children do you have and do you want more?

Do you know that I love to have five- 2 girls and 3 boys?…LOL! It’s a lot, I know but I love children….BUT with our present condition and staying on a foreign land, I think we just settle with 2.

What do you like about being a mother/ parent?

I feel pretty, so much prettier as a mother…LOL! I become more mature in decision-making as I became a mother and I worked harder for my son.

Is there anything you dislike about being a mother/parent ?

It can’t be denied that sometimes you get tired of being a mother but never did I think that I dislike being a mother. You need to wake up earlier to prepare breakfast for your family even the bed is calling you like crazy…LOL! You need to bath, feed, read and play to your baby though sometimes you just feel like you wanted to be alone.

What advice would you give to anyone following in your footsteps?

footsteps of being a mother? No one is perfect in the field of motherhood so just do your best- just do what you think is good enough for your family. Never take motherhood for granted, it takes a lot of conscious effort, discipline and so much love to be a desirable mom . Don’t ever forget to make God as your partner and mentor in your road of motherhood. He’s always there for you. When worries strike and when time comes that you don’t know what to do, cry out to God. He will listen to you and he’ll move His hand to do the things which you can’t do.

What are your plans for the future?

I’m entrusting my plans to God for He’s the only one who can fulfill them. I told God that I desire to have our own house to stay with music room, library and billiards hall…LOL! It’s good enough for me to see my kid/kids achieved their dreams and to witness how they also build their own family. It’s my desire that my family will stay together , pray together and be a blessing to other families.
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My Journey to Motherhood by Sam

This is a guest post by one of my new friends, Sam. If you want to do guest post too here at MommaWannabe, do let me know by filling in the contact form.

Who are you?

I just like to be called Sam, or Sammie. I am a full-time work at home/blogger mom to 2 precious little kids. My daughter’s name is Sab, and she just turned 3. Sanjo will be 8 months old later this month. I own several blogs, A Mom’s Life and Loves, The Blogger Hub, WAHMy Sammy, and The Tsinay Writes. More coming soon! LOL.

What is motherhood like?

Being a mother is a commitment to my children for the rest of their lives. For me, it means that I should be there for them, whatever happens, until my very last breath.

When did you know you are ready for motherhood?

Am I? Haha. I guess when I saw Sab for the first time, it all just came to me. They did say that motherhood is a natural instinct for us women. But in my opinion, yes it is an instinct, but one must WANT it to own it.

What challenges did you face during the first years of being a mother?

There were several. I was a single parent to Sab, and although I did have a helper with me, I was a full-time SAHM so I could be hands on with her. I remember 2 incidents that made me cry during the first year. First was when she was only 6 months old. She could crawl at lightning speed by then, and I was on the way to the mini balcony with the electric pot full of hot boiling water. I tripped (yes, I am VERY clumsy!), and spilled all the water on the floor. It was only then that I realized little Sab was behind me, and some of the water spilled on her left arm. Because of the panic, I didn’t feel any of the pain on my feet and I had to rush her to the hospital. Good thing the hospital was only a stone’s throw away from where we used to stay. Second was when Sab had diarrhoea and had to be admitted to the hospital. Good thing the second year wasn’t so tough. As for Sanjo, he is colicky, and he tends to cry a lot during the night. But he has “outgrown” it, I guess. He sleeps on his own now.

How many children do you have and do you want more?

I have 2. Sab and Sanjo. For me it’s enough because I already have a girl and a boy. But JC wants more. Another girl. We’ll just have to see.

What’s the best thing in being mother/ parent?

Life isn’t a bed of roses for me, but whenever I feel down and I cry, I can just cuddle my kids, and everything seems to be alright. They give me strength and inspiration to keep trying and to keep improving myself to be the best that I can be.

Is there anything you dislike about being a mother/parent ?

Sleepless nights during the first few months after giving birth. Other than that, being a parent is pretty much my cup of tea.

What advice would you give to new mothers?

Keep yourself healthy. Pray. Because being a mom is 100% physical, 100% psychological and 100% emotional.

What are your plans for the future for you, your family?

I hope we can buy a house of our own. And hopefully, we save up enough from my online earnings to put up a small business. For the moment though, I’m taking things one step at a time.

My Motherhood Journey by Josie

Howdy everybody!

As some of you know I am on bedrest due to my embryo transfer procedure, I am advised to take a bedrest so I won’t be able to blog much this coming weeks. I couldn’t leave you here hanging so I asked some of my good friends to guest post for me. If you want to do guest post too here at MommaWannabe, do let me know by filling in the contact form.

Who are you?

I’m a work at home wife, mother of three grown-up children and three grandkids. I am foremost a mother, my priority above everything else.

When did you know you are ready for motherhood?

I got married at the age of 24 and I knew I’m ready to be a wife and a mother, so I was very happy when I got pregnant two months after.
What challenges did you face during the first years of being a mother?

Most challenging time for me was when my baby was sick, being a first time mom, I really don’t know what to do. If it’s not a serious illness or do I have to bring her to a doctor immediately, thank goodness my mother was always on my side to give a hand.

How many children do you have and do you want more?

Our plan first was to have just two children, now that we already have girl and a boy in the family. But after five years, I got pregnant again and gave birth to a healthy baby boy, who became my sole companion when I was left alone in the house when two older kids were at school and hubby was at work, so he’s a little spoiled, just a little spoiled. LOL..

What’s the best thing in being mother/ parent?
I love being a mother even if I considered it as a 24/7 job. I always treasured the times when they were still small and I can cuddle and kiss them anytime I like.
Is there anything you dislike about being a mother/parent ?

My biggest disappointment was when my daughter got married at an early age, she was not able to finish her studies. But I’m happy now with my grandkids, I’m enjoying them while they are still young.
What advice would you give to new mothers?

One thing I realized, that no matter how you want your child to have a life you dream and plan them to have, you CANNOT live their life for them, they will choose their own path. No matter how much it hurts, you have to accept the fact that they are an individual who will make their own decision on how they will live their life.

Motherhood for me is the most challenging role a woman can have. It can make you cry or laugh; it can make you sad and happy. But most of all it makes you COMPLETE.


What are your plans for the future for you, your family?

My plan for the future is to save money for me and my hubby, so we can enjoy life after the long years of taking care of the children. We should think ourselves now that the children are settled and have a stable life.

If you want to get to know this wonderful mom,visit her on her blogs

http://www.josieswindow.info

http://www.josieskitchen.info

http://www.twitter.com/josie_1258

http://www.facebook.com/josie_1258

My Motherhood Journey by Niko

This is a guestpost by Niko. If you want to do guest post too here at MommaWannabe, do let me know by filling in the contact form

Who are you?

Hi! I am Niko, I am a Happy Mom and Wife, a Full time office slave and a Part time BLOGGER 🙂

What is motherhood like?

Motherhood is like having no sleep at all when the baby arrived BUT not being sleepy the next day coz you can’t get enough of her ^_^. Motherhood is being one person with multiple persona, you get to be the playmate, the best friend, the teacher, sometimes the villain and the wonderMom forever!

When did you know you are ready for motherhood?

I know I was ready the moment I saw 2 lines at the pregnancy test, lol. I have been into depression of wanting a baby, got used to seeing 1 line on PT everytime. So when I finally saw 2 lines – how can I not be ready? I have been preparing for a long time, lol.

What challenges did you face during the first years?

Husband and I lived with my inlaws the first year,  we both have to work but leaving Yena to a nanny is never an option. The grannies want to be her nanny so it’s a treat already. But since my MIL was still taking care of my sick FIL, every morning we have to bring my daughter to my Mom which is 5 minutes away from our place. It was hard, the first day I went to work after my maternity leave – I cried. I thought I was going crazy.. I can’t leave my daughter even for just a day.

How many children do you have and do you want more?

I have my Yena, she is two years and two months old now. On her 3rd birthday, husband and I are planning to give her a playmate. I hope it will be a boy and I will name him Yushin. ^_^

What do you like about being a mother/ parent?

I love it when Yena kisses me all over, hugs me tight and plays with me. She is my shopping buddy now. I cannot go out of the house without her! She is my TAIL. ^_^

Is there anything you dislike about being a mother/parent ?

I love everything about being a mom BUT when she throws tantrums and I cannot control her, I dislike it. I tend to spoil my child too much and I need my husband to do the disciplining part.

What advice would you give to anyone following in your footsteps?

Motherhood is an endless joy! Embrace it and motherhood will give you rewards no monetary amount can offer.

What are your plans for the future?

Buy a bigger house. Give yena the best of education. Give my child the best of everything if I can, ^_^

Niko is one of the bubbliest person I got to know through blogging. If you want to get to know her, check her out at the following blogs:

www.nikoganda.blogspot.com

www.nikoganda.com

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My Journey to Motherhood by Ruby

This is a guestpost by MommyRubz.  If you want to do guest post too here at MommaWannabe, do let me know by filling in the contact form.

Who are you?
I am Mommy Ruby but commonly known as Pinay Mommy.


What is motherhood like ?
It’s been crazy for me. Having three kids is a great challenge.

When did you know you are ready for motherhood?
When I gave birth to my eldest daughter Micah, I know that I am ready. Ready to learn how to become a mom!

What challenges did you face during the first years of being a mother?

My mom! She is my greatest challenge. She always considered me as inexperienced. She said I am just 20 years old and I don’t know anything. So, she always makes her move on the baby.

How many children do you have and do you want more?
I have three children: Micah, 10, Johann, 6 and Bella, 6 months. I still want one and I am planning to name him Matthew Kyle from my favorite TV series Kyle XY but still it depends. It depends on how my partner will cooperate in rearing the kids. 🙂

What’s the best thing in being mother/ parent?
I think being a mom itself is the best thing! To carry and bear a life inside you for 9 months and watch them grow, is totally amazing!!

Is there anything you dislike about being a mother/parent ?
None so far, I am enjoying the challenge.

What advice would you give to new mothers?

You will never go wrong if you just put love in your priority list!

What are your plans for the future for you, your family?
The only plan I have is to become a better mom to my children always. In this way, I can mold them to become better people to themselves, to their family and to others.

Mommy Rubz is one of my longest blogging buddy, she’s a wonderful person and if you want to get to know her better do visit her at her blogs

Pinay Mommy Online
The Business Minded Mom
The Movie Mommy
Mommy Rubz