Becoming a morning person when you never thought you could. Realizing that you can give up and gain so much at the same time. A softer body and a bigger heart. Reliving your childhood. Checking for buttercup shadows under chins and butterfly kisses on cheeks. Wondering when you will sleep through the night again. Wishing people would stop telling you it goes by too quickly. Catching puke in your hand. Losing any gag reflex you may have had when confronted with bodily fluids. So. Many. Diapers…. Firsts and Seconds. Cuddles and tears. Mastering the art of harmless trickery. Lamenting over meal preparation. Crossing fingers at dinner. Praying for time without the kids then missing the kids when it comes. Never wanting to be away for too long. Explanations and negotiations. Becoming a sap. Coming to terms with a saggy tummy. So. Many. Band-aids…. Learning from a learning experience. A glance in another Mom’s direction to see how they do it differently. Questioning everything. Becoming part of a club. Eating a daily slice of humble pie. Multiple trips to the Doctor’s office. Never wanting to see the inside of an ER again. Putting someone else before you. So. Many. Snacks…. Time spent on vacation with family, never wanting it to end. Time spent at work watching the clock slowly tick. Really wishing people would stop telling you it goes by too quickly. Being patient. Feeling rushed. Carseat buckles and jacket zippers. Arguments over shoes and laughter over sock puppets. So. Many. Baths…. Sticky wet kisses and tiny hugs that seem to reach the inside of your heart. Constantly protecting. Constantly worrying. Morning routines and nighttime routines with everything in between. Suntan applications that become second nature. So. Many. Books…. Dreaming about your child’s future. Mommyhood is this, and more. Mommyhood is nothing and everything we thought it would be.
Focusing on the present moment is a critical part of Mommyhood, but so is preparing for the future. My partnership with Fidelity/MEFA in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour has taught me that small steps towards a college savings plan will go a long way. We do have the power to set them off on the right foot (and not under a pile of debt.) Keep on Keepin On, Mom Bosses…hang on tight…and enjoy the ride.