July 29, 2010

I'm THAT Mom...

Posted by meli on Thursday, July 29, 2010 in , , , | 9 comments
Joining in on an impromptu blog carnival

I'm that Mom ... who wakes her kids up in the middle of the night to go splash in rain puddles or dance in the snow.

I'm that Mom ... who leaves good morning love notes in the bathroom for her kids to see when they wake up.

I'm that Mom ... who will start an impromptu water fight in the middle of the house, and not worry about the massive mess we're making.

I'm that Mom ... who, if you come over to visit, has a basket of laundry in the living room, books on the floor, dust on the furniture (since we moved in, ha), dinosaurs hiding around corners, toothpaste on the sink ... and happy kids running around. I'm that Mom who realizes these precious years with my children will be gone in the blink of an eye; the cleaning can wait, the basket of laundry will be there tomorrow, and the dinosaurs, well, where else are they going to hide?!

I'm that Mom ... who enjoys having "sleep overs" with each of her kids, separately. We stay up late eating snacks, watching movies, playing games, talking, painting toe nails (yes, I have all boys!). And when they fall asleep, I color a "thanks for the memories" message on them (instead of the funny mustache and pointy eyebrows, lol)!

I'm that Mom  ... who encourages their clever creations in the kitchen. Some of their crazy concoctions really do taste amazing (some, not so much)!

I'm that Mom ... who brings her children out in public wearing mismatched clothes that are inside out and upside down, one sock on one sock off, two different types of shoes on the wrong foot, etc ... simply because they are free to express themselves through their style with no unsolicated advice from me.

I'm that Mom ... who will quickly do her kids' chores while they're outside playing; just because.

I'm that Mom ... who will already have all the blankets torn out of the closet, and the fort built, when her kids wake up.

I'm that Mom ... who encourages jumping on the beds.

I'm that Mom ... who gives back rubs and foot rubs to the boys simply because I know how good they feel!

I'm that Mom ... who sees her child fall down, and instead of accessing the wound, and assuring the kid that "he'll be ok" ...  gives kisses, comforts, and listens to how they feel about their injury, big or small. I don't speak for them.

I'm that Mom ... who does still loose her shit all over her kids once in a while, but is always, always quick to apologize. I'm not perfect; I don't try to be.

on the same token: I'm that Mom ... who doesn't expect her kids to be perfect. We all make mistakes, we learn, we move on. I don't have any crazy ideas of my kids learning from my mistakes; they're free to make and learn from their own... with the comfort of knowing that I'll always love them and be there to help them through their difficult times.


  1. I always enjoy reading your writings. You have a way with words...and obviously with your boys. This is one of my favorites!

  2. Yes, you are that mom... And, your kiddos are so lucky to have you! Just as you know how lucky you are to have them! I am loving this blog carnival!! ~peace~

  3. Beautiful post!

    Your readers can view many other posts in this carnival by clicking my name above.

  4. Perfection is overrated and unrealistic. I enjoyed this post!

  5. What a good mom :) LOVE IT! Those boys sure are lucky. You've got it right, time will go by in a blink of an eye and we all need to try to remember to live in the moment, to be present. Keep on "being" :)

  6. I love it.
    And I may steal some of your fun ideas!

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