Remember the World’s Toughest Job video we introduced last year? And that laundry list of requirements like, constantly standing, no breaks, constant attention, no vacation, no time to sleep, completely pro bono at 168 hours a week, and with a happy disposition?
If you’re a mom—or you’ve paid any attention to the things your mom does—you know it’s all true!
Being a mom really is a full-time job that changes every aspect of your life.
Even something as simple as getting dressed in the morning is different.
I started off motherhood thinking, “I’m not going to let having a new baby around change how I dress.” Now, the mommy in me starts laughing as I write this and thinks, “Ahhh… Good old denial!” (The only part that didn’t change is the fact that I got dressed… but only because not wearing any clothes is not an option.)
I’m not saying that my style got up and ran away, it just took a back seat to being a mom.
Eventually, I learned how to look good with less time and dress for the body I have now (because yes, things tend to “shift” after having kids). And, most importantly, so much of what makes me feel beautiful are these three little people clinging to my legs like shin guards as I’m trying to get dressed.
I’m still trying to understand where I fit in the little free time that is left for me, but as the mommy part of me grows, I find that it’s really all about balance.
I always feel guilty for taking time for myself (after all, no one wants to miss out on moments like when our 2-year-old asked if we could put her little sister in the trash, ten minutes after bringing her home from the hospital—true story!). But for me, it is absolutely necessary to take the time to go get my nails done, read a chapter in a book (it’d be more if I could keep my eyes open), or fit in a quick workout. This “alone” time actually makes me the best possible version of me as a mom.
I’ve learned that the quality of time spent with my kids is a lot more impactful and meaningful then the quantity of times we’re together. And when I give myself a break and enjoy “me time,” I savor those mommy moments that much more.
I’m lucky to have so much love in my life—I love my family and I’m madly in love with my husband.
But the love for my kids is different.
It’s every time my heart explodes when they light up uncontrollably when they see me.
Every time they act like a mini-version of me or my husband (buckle up for this one because it is a surreal and scary moment in time).
Every time they restore my faith in the human race because of their genuine innocence.
No, the world’s toughest job doesn’t pay a cent. What you DO get is the unconditional love you feel when you simply look at this perfectly exhausting, frustrating little human, and still couldn’t imagine your life any other way. I guess that’s why I’m a proud mom of three.
To all moms out there, on behalf of all of us here at Cardstore, we thank you for being the amazing FULL-time moms you are!
Happy Mother’s Day–you deserve it!