Mother's Day is now only 3 days away (are you freaking out about a gift yet?) so this year I thought I'd share some of my reasons why being a mom is pretty damn cool.
// Finding money while doing laundry. I do a little happy dance every time I find money at the bottom of the washer or dryer. Joey and the kids almost always forget to empty their pockets before throwing them in the hamper and their loss is my Gain. See what I did there? Laundry, Gain? Last weekend I scored about $15. Suckas!
// Having an excuse to play. A lone adult playing at a playground = creepy. Parents playing with their children in the playground = adorable and socially acceptable. Kids are also a great excuse to play video games, jump on trampolines, and set up the sprinkler and slip 'n slide in the yard.
// Always being the boss. When you're a mom, your word is law. Adding the phrase "OR ELSE" will ensure that whatever you say will be done. A clenched jaw and cut eye will seal the deal.
// Honest opinions. That new recipe you just tried out? They'll tell it to you straight. Wondering if you can rock that new trend? Ask them. It may not be the answer you're looking for, but at least they'll be honest about it. Unless of course you bribe them with candy.
// Helping hands. Whoever came up with the idea of chores was a genius. How else can a mother find time for important things, like Pinterest and binge-watching shows on Netflix? Note of caution though: only give them chores that you know they can handle, otherwise you might end up doing double the work.
// Day drinking. Or drinking at any time, for that matter. "Girl, I got three kids. I need this." Here's a fun game: a) Every time your kid whines, pour yourself a glass of wine. b) Every time you step on a lego, take a shot. c) Every time you get hit in the head with a flying object, double-shot.
// Compliments. Some from others: "Wow, I can't believe you have three kids!" "Ohmygosh, you have such beautiful children." Some from your own kids: "Mom, you look so pretty in that dress!" "Whoa mom, you're so good at JustDance!" (See, Having an excuse to play, above.) Having kids can really help to boost your ego. Until they become teenagers, that is.
// Shopping. Retail therapy is totally justifiable when you've got kids. Have you seen how adorable some kids clothes are? And of course, if you buy them an outfit, you have to find something for yourself to coordinate with them. Plus, when they hit that growth spurt and start surpassing you in size, you get to keep the stuff that they only wore once before they grew out of it. Hello, new sneakers.
// Other moms. Carrying a watermelon around for 9 months, pushing said watermelon out of your vagina, and then having to take care of that watermelon is hard work. Any mom will tell you that. Thankfully, there is a HUGE support group of other moms out there who you can turn to for advice, moral support, or just a laugh or two.
// Your kids. Though I didn't number this list, this one is surely number 1. Being able to create, nurture and teach a child is one of the best things in the world. Watching that tiny human learn new things, laugh, and grow is truly spectacular. There will never be a dull moment in your life, and the love and bond you have with your children will remain there forever and ever and ever.
Cheers to all the mothers out there! And for those who aren't mothers, cheers to you too for being the product of someone awesome! And for those of you who are looking for something to get your mother (or trying to find something to treat yourself with), I have a suggestion that I think will be perfect:
Last Friday night, a sweet little boy was taken suddenly and tragically from his mother and father when he unknowingly ran into the street to chase after a frisbee and was struck down by a truck. This tragedy is something that no parent should ever have to go through.
This Mother's Day, instead of standing in line at the mall to buy a gift, or eating in a crowded, overpriced restaurant, use a little bit of that money and donate it to this family. Share this story with your kids or your mother and show them how much they mean to you. No amount of money will ever be able to fill the void of losing a child, but it will still help this family in a huge way during their time of loss.
To read more about Ryan and to donate to his family, please visit: Thrive Moms. And to show your support, please repost an image of Ryan from @babyboybakery and @danno12 on your social media with the hashtag: #RedBalloonsForRyan