Motherhood is the most common and natural phase in the life of many women but experiencing this role first-hand offers a totally unique adventure. It drove me to realize so many things that I would not have thought otherwise, really. I heard a lot of stories (even warnings) of how it will completely change a woman’s life but I have never gauge the effect until I become one.
Seeing from the plainest point of view, here are how this position serves me:
- 24 hours is never enough.
- I wish I am a vampire so I will not need to sleep.
- Now I completely understand the word of my Mom.
- There are uncombed hair days.
- It is always a rush to go home.
- Quality me-time can be counted in seconds.
- Motherhood contract has no expiry date.
- Witnessing his milestones is more important than an out-of-the-country trip.
- News headline makes me extremely worried.
- Cleaning milk bottles is the same as checking Facebook, it has to be done attentively every day.
- Using my laptop with him around is war in the making.
- Simple accidents like slipping on the floor or falling in bed are now terrible nightmares.
- Staring someone never felt so fulfilling.
- Slight fever makes me go overly anxious.
- Mosquitoes are mortal enemies tagged as “shoot to kill without mercy”.
- Vacation is no longer complete without the company of the third.
- I equally enjoy shopping at the toy and footwear sections.
- Mickey Mouse Club House, Handy Manny, Sesame Street, The Wiggles, and Little Einstein are now my favorite programs. (And I can sing their theme songs too!)
- The scent of a freshly perspired foot and armpit can beat the most expensive brand of perfume.
- Learning to give up so many other things like movie nights, and even work promotion.
- Most plans are set “on hold” until further notice.
- Being physically away from my toddler makes me miss him so much.
- But spending 24 hours with him can be a chaos especially when he starts crying hysterically over small things.
- There are times when I feel like losing myself.
- And finding it back means not just about me anymore.
- Sadness can drift in a snap with his tiny arms giving an embrace and everything becomes worth it.
Being a mother should not hinder us from dreaming, hoping, and achieving even if part of ours days include diaper changing and toddler chasing.
I salute all the Moms in the world. May every day be a Mother’s Day for each of us!