Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What real mommies do!

I've been told by many people at many times that I am an inspiration to them. I'm happy that I can inspire people and make them want to push themselves all while just being me. Even my husband asked me today as I was running uphill, pushing both babies in the double stroller and he was huffing and puffing behind me. He asked where I get the energy from. I just laughed and reminded him my legs were trained to do +32km now, and we were only at 4. But there are lots of things I do that really are not so special and are just what most moms do.

So I've decided to compile a big silly list of things that I do, which I think most or many moms do. I am using the term "real mom" to refer to mom's who are not hollywood celebrities and as such do not have a chef, trainer and multiple nannies to take care of the unpleasantness for them. So if you can check off at least 5 things from my list you are a real mom, and if you can check of 10 you're a super mom in my books, and if you can check most of them, then you're crazy just like me! Because honestly, all of these things are things that I actually do and people like me are crazy! So here we go!

Real moms ...
- get up at 5:30am to fit in a run so it doesn't interfer with family time or kids' routines.
- push over 50lbs of children up all the hills so that your hubby doesn't have to put too much pressure on his sore knee.
- do the dishes on their 'off' nights so hubby can go out to his function.
- spray and scrub all the dirty laundry and not just the nice, 'out of house' clothes.
- don't mind getting up to cuddle the sad or cranky baby in the middle of the night.
- can't go to bed without checking in all the children in the house at least once (but usually twice).
- take their baby to get a shot and sit in the room holding them when they are given it.
- set a bedtime and stick to it so the kids have a routine.
- always make sure there is milk in the house.
- bake cookies from scratch to make them healthier and avoid the bad stuff in store bought.
- make homemade meals as often as possible (19 or 20/21 meals here) to feed their kids the best food.
- give up the last cookie, slice of bread, apple, bit of cereal, etc... so that no one else has to go without.
- always have a kleenex for a runny nose.
- always have a minute for a hug and kiss when needed.
- always remember how each kid likes their sandwich, dessert, drink, etc...
- can get their kids to do things daddy can't (like put on their clothes, clean up their toys, try the dinner they don't like).
- will let their kids 'help' with dinner or a chore even if it means that it'll take twice as long.
- set a good example for their children, and admit when they were wrong (I lose my temper every now and then).
- go running (that's where Lillian thinks I am whenever I am not at home).
- stop to smell the baby.
- make time to go to the park, even if there is more work to be done.
- know when the baby needs changing before the smell gives it away.
- always have a snack, change of clothes and extra diaper handy.
- don't even flinch when someone smears snot on their shoulder (always the left side).
- can clean up spit up or spilled milk before it can be absorbed into fabrics.
- know what's wrong from the tone without needing to look.
- will always do what is best for the family, even if it makes things harder on her.
- love their family with all their heart!
- plan halloween costumes months in advance so that I can make a different one if my daughter changes her mind.
- plan simple but awesomely fun birthday parties to celebrate getting older.
- take time off of work to attend a play date so your kid can see their friend (granted mom and mom time is a pleasant side effect).
- sign up to be on the board of their daycare coop even when they are training for a marathon.

So that's my list! How many did you check off? What's your list?!

1 comment:

  1. Yep! Great list. I'm right there with you on most of them. When my husband deals with Alice during her cranky time (5PM!!) on the weekends, after she goes to bed, he hugs me and says "I don't know how you do it." It isn't easy being Mommy, but it sure is rewarding! Most of the time, anyway.

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