I’ve been nominated for the Beautiful Mama Blog Award again, twice! This time by Amanda at The Coers Family. and Victoria at Home Making With Heart I feel so blessed to have been nominated again, and by two different people. So, in order to accept this wonderful award(s) I need to do a few things. I get to tell you three things I love about motherhood and nominate some very deserving Mom’s to pass on the award. If you would like to view my acceptance post for the first time I got the award, you can find it here.
Three things I love about motherhood: (6 since this was a double nomination)
I love cuddling in bed on lazy mornings with little man.
I love being able to breastfeed little man. It’s created such a bond between us.
I love watching my husband play with our son. I like playing too but seeing them together is awesome!
I love being able to comfort my son when he is scared.
I love it when my son is able to communicate with me using sign language.
I love it when little man makes his “dad face”. It’s a facial expression that his dad did when he was a baby and I’ve never seen anyone else ever do it.
I’ve been nominated for the Beautiful Mama Blog Award by Valerie at Atlantamomofthree! I am honored to have been nominated for this award. Becoming a Mom is one of the best things to have ever happened in my life. Marrying my husband is the other best thing to have happened. So, in order to accept this wonderful award I need to do a few things. I get to tell you three things I love about motherhood and nominate some very deserving Mom’s to pass on the award.
Three things I love about motherhood:
I love getting hugs from little man!
Little man’s laughter can brighten any situation! It’s also contagious!
The joy on little man’s face when he does something new!
I’ve looked through Pintrist and I’ve just been in awe over some of the things that these people are doing! It amazes me that any one has the time, effort, money, endless creativity… to create so many Pintrist things to one up all the other moms. I am by no means a Pintrist mom. I do have a Pintrist page which I like to pin my recipes to. While I’m great at making my son all his own baby food (I’ve never given him store-bought baby food), I’m not one who wraps up perfect little gifts with perfect little bows. I’m also not the mom who can expertly decorate cakes. I’m just a mom who loves her son and tries to do the best she can every day. Some days we get lots done and I feel like Supermom. Other days, we’re lucky if little man makes it out of his pajamas when we go to the store.
I know I’m not the only mom out there who feels inferior to the Pintrist Moms. How do they do it? What is their secret? When I look at these pins from them I want to be like them. I want to be a Pintrist Mom. Then reality hits. Do I really want to be a Pintrist Mom? Well, I do in the sense that I want to be a “Stepford Wife”. I want a nice and beautiful life with perfect hair, a tidy house, a husband who brings home flowers, a son that never cries, dogs that always obey… We all secretly want perfect lives, but if we had them, we wouldn’t be us! I love the picture I have of my dog looking up at me after digging in the flower bed. His entire snout is covered in dirt. If I got flowers every day, they wouldn’t mean as much so the little things my husband does do, mean the world to me. If my son never cried, I wouldn’t find the quiet times so wonderful.
So no, I’m not a Pintrist Mom, I’m not a Stepford Wife. I’m Me! I can’t draw a horse (my husband will attest to that), my cupcakes are not all the same size, I bought my Christmas cards from Costco rather than making them like a scrapbook, I don’t take the dead leaves and sticks and make them into centerpieces. I’ll never be that perfect mom and that’s OK. I have a perfectly imperfect life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Its time to get back to writing again. We had a great Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We opened a few presents early like the recordable book my parents gave little man “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and a very noisy learning farm sit to stand walker from my sister.
Christmas day started with the opening of the stockings. Our pups loved their treats and so did my husband. He got some delicious Walker shortbread cookies and chocolate. We talked to family and I got the turkey in the oven. Then it was more phone time. We were all set up for Skype but we never did it.
Our wonderful dinner consisted of a turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and rolls. We were too full to eat the pumpkin pie so it will be enjoyed tonight instead.
This is one of my favorite Christmas decorations. While we won’t spend the holidays with our parents and extended family, I’ve thankfully never had to spend a holiday alone. Birthday yes, but no holidays. My wish for everyone is to be home for Christmas. Each year so many people are away from home for the holidays. One of my childhood friends was deployed last Christmas. While the family was sad he wasn’t home, I don’t think any of us could imagine how sad he was. This year, my grandma and my husband’s grandpa will both be spending Christmas in the hospital. She is in her late 80’s and he is in his early 90’s. I don’t know how many Christmases they each have left.
This is my son’s first Christmas and I hope that he will always be home for Christmas. Maybe one day we will live close enough to the rest of our family to celebrate each holiday with them. We are already lucky that my parents and my husbands parents, and most of the extended family, live fairly close together. This makes visiting very easy. But due to the cost of airline tickets, dog boarding, as well as getting time off; I haven’t spent a Christmas with my parents in 6 years! Time sure has flow by and I get sad thinking about not seeing them but I only have to look over to my son to smile again. He is my family, and my husband too of course, and we will spend this Christmas together. Our first as a now larger family and I love it!
We won’t have snow for Christmas, we haven’t had one since we left Utah (snow all winter long). We also won’t have mistletoe. I’ve actually never had mistletoe before. As far as the presents go, they are all under the tree waiting for Christmas morning. Except for 4 presents that is. One my sister got for my son is waiting all assembled and I’ll bring it down Christmas morning. One my mom got for my son has the instructions on it to open Christmas Eve. I’m really curious as to what that on is. The other two are in transit and I’m hoping they get here by Christmas Eve so we can have them Christmas morning. Otherwise, we will have to wait until the day after Christmas (or later) to get them.
I’ll be home for Christmas You can count on me Please have snow and mistletoe And presents under the tree
Lately little man has been teething a lot. We noticed the first sign of an actual tooth about a week ago. It kind of raised up but wasn’t showing that bright white you see when it fully comes through. He loves to run his tongue on this bit of tooth. I imagine it’s because it is a different texture. Anyway, our day had gone on as usual and during a feed (he is still mostly breastfed), it finally happened. He bit me! I never imagined it would hurt that much. Such a sharp pain. So, when his not so pearly white practically pierced me, I screamed. I yelled out OUCH! and jerked away a bit. All completely reactionary. I certainly didn’t plan on yelling, or pulling away from him but I did. Then he looked at me with such big eyes and I knew I’d scared him. He started crying and I felt like doing the same. So out came the pacifier and it was cuddle time until he had calmed down. We re-approached eating about an hour later and haven’t had another bite since. [crosses fingers]
For all the other moms out there, have you ever been bitten? And did you keep breastfeeding or was it once bitten, twice shy?
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