What It Means To Be A Mother

I often get asked what it is like to be a mom. To fully understand what it’s like to be a mom, you just have to be one. You cannot understand what it’s like until you have been up all night with a screaming baby or until you have had to clean barf off of your favorite shirt, not once, not twice… well, you get the idea. And if you’re a mom, you fully understand what I’m talking about. When I got pregnant with my first, someone once told me that I would love bath time: she said “it is the absolute best,” if I recall… “Their soft skin and big eyes looking up at you, and when you take them out of the bath and wrap them up in a soft warm towel, you cradle them and listen to the soft adorable coos.”

Remembering all of this and what she had said, I thought I would try to make the most of this moment with my daughter. So I scooped her out of the bath and wrapped her up in a soft towel made to look like a duck, a frog or some other wetland creature. I can’t really remember the towel, but there we sat the two of us, staring at each other like we were the only two people in the world and it was magical… until she pooped on me. This is what it means to be a mother.

Welcome to Motherhood.

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