Friday, May 11, 2012

Being Mom on Mother's Day

Being Mom comes in so many different forms. For me, it’s being Stepmom to a sweet 12-year-old and now, this Mother's Day, also being Mom to a 6-month-old son.

Adding a new baby has stirred up my life in so many ways – there’s more chaos, more joy, more responsibility, more love, more self-imposed expectations and more laughs than ever before. And the days rush by in the blink of an eye.

To me, Mother’s Day means stopping and freezing for a moment in time, hitting the pause button on our hectic lives and appreciating and cherishing one another exactly as we are today -- because we will never, ever be 29, 12, and 6 months old again. For me it's about celebrating the whole family, with Mom as a lynchpin.

We asked some Moms to talk about what Mother's Day means to them or what their best Mother's Day was like, and here's what they said:

Best thing for me about being a Mom is that early morning wake up tap from my two daughters with their handmade gifts!  It’s not about the actual gift it’s the excitement of watching how proud they are with themselves for creating! And, the second is the gift I hinted so many times to my husband to get and finding out he actually listened!
Jeanine Andersen, Marketing Manager

Mother’s Day reminds me just how lucky I am to still have my mother around since she is fighting breast cancer.
Margaret Eckert, RN

Mother’s Day is a time when I reflect on all my Mom did for me growing up. Now that I have my own children, I truly understand the time, energy and love she showered on me. I am blessed to have such an amazing Mom.
Michelle Vanderburg

Every Mother’s Day I think of my childhood and how safe and secure my mother made me feel and how I hope I am passing these feelings to my child.
Cathy Edwards, RN

Mother’s Day allows me to appreciate and reflect how much love my heart holds for each of my three children.
Shelli Beshears, RN

Mother’s Day makes me feel grateful because as my son grows older (he’s now 24) we are getting closer and I feel his appreciation for me and all I do.
Julie Burroughs, RN

Being a Mom means learning to love yourself for who you are and all you have to offer – then sharing yourself and your gifts with your kids.
Mandy Forbus, Sr. Marketing Specialist

My best Mother's Day was a couple years ago. In my son's closet, I keep a trunk that is filled with all sorts of things - cards from his baptism and birth, baby clothes he wore that I loved, old stuffed animals, drawings he has done. Well, at four years old, he "discovered" it while he was playing, and took out one of the old birthday cards from when he was one. He scribbled all over it and then came down to see me, handing it to me. He had written "Mom" amongst the scribbles, and "read" everything he wrote to me - he said I was the best mom ever and happy mother's day. It was the most touching moment in my whole mommyhood thus far. It was simply amazing to know how sweet and kind a child can be. Every day he reminds me how lucky I am to be his mother!
Allie, via Facebook

It's my first since adopting my 4 children ... so this 1 is special, though I've had my children for the last two as well.
@ObviousInsight, via Twitter

As Mother's Day was approaching the first year my husband and I were married, we took our two big boys (my stepsons) out to dinner one night. J, our oldest, asked who they'd be with on Mother's Day and my husband said they'd be with their Mom, of course. J was thoughtful for a minute, then looked at me and said, "Julie, there should be a Stepmother's Day, too. You should get a day." Made my day, week, month, even. :) Julie Guess Daneman, via Facebook

I will not say that this Mother's Day will be my best. That will be next year when I am celebrating with my almost six-month-old baby. But being 13 weeks pregnant on THIS Mother's Day means more than I could ever put into a few words. I don't need anybody to acknowledge me on the day because after two and half years of trying, knowing that I am finally a Mommy-to-be on Mother's Day is the most special gift.
Ashley West Bearden, via Facebook

Happy Mother's Day to all the fabulous Moms, and have a great day on Sunday!

What does Mother's Day mean to you?

Megan Brooks is a Sr. Public Relations Specialist for Texas Health Resources, Stepmom, and New Mom.

1 comment:

  1. Megan, there are people who always sile just right and photograph well, and there are people who are lucky to be caught smiling on film; then there are photos like this in which you are pictured smiling the genuinely happy smile that your story (and all these stories) reflect. Just beautiful. And thanks to all of you for sharing.