Being a Mom Can Be Tough – But It’s Also Always Rewarding

Before I had one baby, I knew we would have four. I couldn’t understand the notion of having only one – or none at all. I didn’t get why some people found child rearing to be such an enormous undertaking. I – like most people without kids – didn’t get it.

And then I had a baby. And I learned how hard it is to function on three hours of sleep a night for six weeks straight. As I gained more mommy friends, I learned how there’s never really a true “normal” when it comes to kids – as my friend Reagan says, it’s always just a phase. And with every single one of those phases – some of which last a couple of days, some of which last a couple of weeks – your baby’s schedule will change.

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Every time my little guy goes through a change in phases, I scratch my head trying to figure out what’s going on and what I should be doing about it. By the time that I actually figure everything out he’s more than likely moved past that phase – frustrating. On a regular basis his sleep habits change, seemingly out of nowhere. I get to the point where I don’t dare talk about actually getting seven hours of sleep for fear of jinxing myself. Which has definitely happened a time or two.

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Being a mom is a wonderful thing. The moments when I look at my child wondering how we ever created something so amazing astounds me. I love being a mom and spending time with the little man in our life. And no matter how long I’m gone – even if it’s just an hour – I miss him like crazy from the moment I walk out the door until the moment I get home. But mommy reality isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. I know that I mostly write about all of the awesome mommy moments. And the funny mommy moments.

But I’ve definitely had my moments of being overwhelmed. Those moments where you take a shower just so that the blasting water distracts you from that pounding headache – which is a result of soothing your child to sleep for 30 minutes while he sobbed, fighting bedtime like it’s his job. Moments where I’ve found myself crying because being a mom is a lot harder than I ever could have expected it to be. But along with those tough experiences comes the most insane happiness that I have ever experienced – and those happy moments always outweigh {and outnumber} the frustrating ones.

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Like when my little guy is so infinitely happy just because he’s with me {or Ricky} and it’s like he can’t contain himself. That little smile – and the little laugh that accompanies it – make my heart swell up with pride. I know how cliche it sounds to say that I didn’t know my heart could love someone this much…but it’s true. I’ll take the difficult moments right alongside the good – because it’s so totally worth it.

As I’ve learned what being a mom was really about, I finally understood why some women just didn’t want more than one child. And while I know that more babies are definitely in the plans for our family, I can’t tell you if we’ll have one or two or three more. I’m learning that life with kids really is all about going with the flow – and that there’s no way I can say for sure, right at this second, how many babes we’ll really have.

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Tell me in the comments: What was the hardest part of being a new mommy for YOU?

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  • Penny Roach February 11, 2013, 1:44 pm

    Loved the post and those pictures are priceless! What a happy little guy. You have so much to be proud of. I helped my husband raise his 2 kids from the time they were 3 and 5. That was preparation for when our son came into the world (they were 8 and 10 when he came on the scene). The most overwhelming part of motherhood for me was just the sheer responsibility of it all and hoping that I did it “right”. The older 2 kids are now 22 and 24 (and we have a grandbaby now!) and our “little guy” is about to turn 14. I certainly did not do everything perfectly and I cringe at some of the things I have done or said. But, with that being said, my son is so “together” – bright, confident, self assured and HAPPY. He goes through the normal teen boy stuff, but all in all, he is just content with his life and happy to be. And regardless of all the development milestones and things he’s learned, that’s the best I could hope for.

    Best of luck to you in your motherhood journey. I love every single minute and I am looking forward to sharing in the joy of our granddaughter even more!

    Penny at Green Moms (http://greenmomsandkids.wordpress.com)

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    • Cortney March 6, 2013, 11:37 pm

      Thanks Penny! Motherhood is amazing – I’m sure you did a wonderful job with your son, even if it was a little scary in the beginning!

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  • OneMommy February 11, 2013, 2:30 pm

    Being a mom definitely changes EVERYTHING!
    Lack of sleep, that one I am going to say has been the toughest — I finally have the 3.5 year-old sleeping in his own bed all night.

    Enjoy every moment; they fly by!

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    • Cortney March 6, 2013, 11:36 pm

      They do! I can’t believe that he’s almost six months – although sleeping through the night certainly sounds amazing right now…

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