Sunday, July 25, 2010

Happy Mommy!

I've been a very happy mommy lately and I just wanted to share. 

What prompted this feel-good moment?  Well, there was an article in NY Magazine this week, Why Parents Hate Parenting, that hit home.  As I read, I realized that I too have a tendency to point out the woes of parenting instead of the amazing pleasures and I too forget amongst the daily grind how much joy my children bring me each and every single day.

But, I also realized that lately I have been feeling, well different.  Quite honestly, I have been truly looking forward to quality time spent with my kids.  It's not that I didn't before, but I don't find myself craving that alone/nap/bed time as much as I used to...or at all.  And, frankly, I really miss them when I'm not with them!  I even planned my weekly grocery shopping trip for naptime, so I didn't have to miss one second of my precious weekend together time!

I think a few things contributed to this mindset shift:  1) The kids are getting older and are really fun to be with.  2) Lulu has been having a hard time when I leave and getting pretty clingy when I'm home (which I secretly love)!  3)  They are growing up so fast and I don't want to miss a thing!  4) MDB is 3 going on 13.  He seems to learn something new everyday and says the most hilarious, thought-provoking things.  Case in point:  Mommy, "MDB, quiet please, you are having a time out for pushing your sister".  MDB, "I know Mommy, but I wanted to tell you what a great job you are doing making breakfast."  I find myself laughing a lot.  5)  Not wanting to leave them is just another excuse to NOT have to hit the gym! 

Who knows, life could be different if the kids start waking up at 5:30 a.m. again (last week we had an amazing-everyone-sleeps-past-6:30 a.m. week!), but right now I'm having a love affair with Mommyhood!