in da 'hood

For MammaBlogga's September Group Writing Project

What Motherhood Means to Me

Giving some things up for awhile:

  • Going to the movies at the last minute
  • Waiting till dinnertime to figure out what to make
  • Watching commercial TV between 7 am & 7 pm
  • Long, warm, relaxing baths
  • Spending an entire Saturday going to garage sales
  • Reading a grown-up book while the sun is up
  • Dogs
  • Three rooms in the house
  • Sleeping in
  • The backseat of my car
  • A consistently clean & orderly house
  • Dry-clean-only clothes
  • Privacy
  • Sick days
  • A modeling career
  • Weekends in Vegas
  • A life of crime

(Okay, the last three are made up)

Finding unexpected things very cool:

  • Rainbows
  • Petting snakes
  • Ants
  • Sword fighting
  • Grocery carts
  • Stomping in puddles
  • Forts built from furniture & pillows
  • Picnics (if only in the front yard)
  • Thunder & lightning
  • Airplanes
  • Escalators
  • Petting zoos
  • Flowers blooming
  • Skateboarders
  • Dancing in the living room
  • Walking to a store
  • Checking the mail

Learning new things:

  • Never pass up an opportunity to nap
  • My right hand is actually functional
  • Your own child’s barf is not so gross
  • How to power-clean the house quickly
  • The mall is a torture chamber
  • What I do means more than what I say
  • A well-timed snack can do wonders (for kids & grown-ups)
  • Accept only the first appointment of the day when scheduling anything
  • Which businesses offer drive-through service, free food samples, & kid-friendly carts
  • Always have on hand stickers, lip balm, washable ink pen, & a lump of clay
  • Ice cream is a legitimate breakfast food
  • Kids will repeat anything that comes out of your mouth
  • Nothing I gave up is worth as much as being a mom


Anonymous said...

What a great set of lists! I often think of the things I've given up. I love your list of the wonder in the world around you that your children teach you to see again. But my favorite part was "Nothing I gave up is worth as much as being a mom"!

Thanks for participating!

Selective Sanity said...

I enjoyed your lists very much - I too gave up my modeling career ;)

Shawn said...

OK, if this blog is all lists I'm totally loving it. I have to go and read some previous posts. Jordan brought me here ... love this list! It is amazing what we give up, learn to love and need to learn!!

Just yesterday I crawled through a tunnel at the playground.

God, this is a good life being a mom.

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

I think you deserve, in your abundant spare time, to read adult books in the daytime. (Okay, maybe not all adult books are appropriate...)

Great lists.

Anonymous said...

I LIVE for the first appointment - there is no other way once you have kids, I totally agree!

elaine@bloginmyeye said...

Always carry a lump of clay! HA! They are all very nice. -e.

Anonymous said...

great lists. thanks so much for sharing them!

swirlingnotions said...

The last one is my favorite. How very true . . .

Pearl said...

It is worth every minute!

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

I love your lists! :)

Suzanne said...

Amen to the "your own children's barf" thing. I, too, was very surprised to learn this valuable truth. Who knew that not all barf is created equal(ly disgusting)?

Oh, and I had never thought to carry a lump of clay with me, but I'm going to try it.

Ursula said...

I wish I could convince dh that ice cream is a legitimate breakfast food...and chocolate cake!

Thanks for a great list!

Michelle (The Beartwinsmom) said...

LOL... this is SO SO true. I'd add to the "always carry" part of the list a Tide to Go pen. That has saved me on more than one occasion.

Great lists! I love it!


Found you off MamaBlogga's Sept. Group Writing Project.

Anonymous said...

What a unique and great idea for a blog - great list!