After an incredible day of hearing how much my kids love me, I couldn’t help but take a few minutes to write down ten things that I love about being a Mom:
The connection. I love being so connected that I can sense a mood through the way they’re walking, what they need by the look on their face and how they’re feeling by looking into their eyes.
2. The laughter. I love everything about hearing my kids laugh. I love when they laugh with us and I love it even more when I hear the three of them laughing together. I also love that I can make each of them laugh in an instant – one by looking away and then looking back with a funny face, one by tickling and one by just randomly saying, “stinky underpants.”
3. Being a puzzle. We all just fit. I love that we can all hop on a couch or in a bed and somehow, piled on top of each other and every which way, we all just fit. I love being one piece in a beautiful five-piece puzzle.
4. Their Dad. I love having a front row seat to watching my husband as a Dad. I love how he plays with them, how they cuddle in his lap and how much they enjoy swimming and biking with him. Watching the love between my husband and our kids fills my heart.
5. Always having them with me. No matter where I am or how I’m feeling, thinking about those three little faces can very quickly calm me down, make me smile and put things into perspective.
6. Watching them grow. Sure it’s neat to watch their physical changes as they get older, but seeing their minds expand is beyond amazing. From their first words, to first sentences, to jokes, to interests, to personality traits – it’s incredible.
7. The moments. I love the wonderful moments we have as a family and I also love the moments that I get to have with each of them individually. Maybe it’s a wonderful chat lying in the dark with our oldest. It could be twirling our second daughter around the living as we dance and laugh together. Maybe it’s our youngest telling me he loves me. I cherish the moments.
8. Making memories. I find it amazing that we’re constantly shaping their childhood memories. I love creating the experiences, being part of their interests, showing them the world, teaching them about life and making sure they feel cherished and secure.
9. The hugs. Nothing beats those little arms around my neck.
10. Being their Mom. With all of the change that happen in life, the fact that I’m their Mom will always be a constant. It’s pretty awesome to know your life’s mission and for that mission to be to love them with all of your heart, to support them in what they want to do and to be their number one fan. To steal from Jerry Maguire, they “complete me”.
Deanna is a Mom of three, wife, marketer and blogger – lover of travel, morning coffee, family time, belly laughs, good friends and uninterrupted showers! Follow her on twitter @DeannaCMiller