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?!