Not the kind of Mom I thought I'd be...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lately I've been thinking a lot about how I am
Not the kind of Mom I thought I'd be...

Here is what kind of Mom I thought I'd be...
-I would have 2 kids or 4 kids, no other number of kids was going to work for me.
-Those kids would eat well-rounded, home-cooked meals every night while gathered around the dinner table as a family.
-My kids would never be caught wearing cartoon characters on their clothes. N.E.V.E.R.
-My kids would always come straight home from school, eat freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and a tall glass of milk, then do their homework for the day before going out to play.
- Oh yeah, can't forget that I would be a well put together mama with clean children.

And then I became a Mom, 
and everything changed.

While there are some things that I do not compromise on {like manners, these boys better be saying their please and thank yous!} reality looks a little more like this...

My three boys come straight home from school and run outside to play for HOURS before coming in for dinner.  Three kids?  That was a rule breaker!  But after we had two and the hubs asked, "Are we done?"  my eyes filled with tears and told him, "Definitely not..."  Luke was in my heart for years before he was in my tummy, but shortly before he was born I knew he would be our last.  
Three is the perfect number for us.

Oh yeah, dinner... I was supposed to make that, right?  Well, Daddy won't be home for hours still so how about we go to Taco Bell?  And while on the subject of food, lets talk fruits and veggies... the other day at the grocery store Sam picked up a cucumber and asked, "Mommy, what is this?"  And then he picked up a bell pepper, then a honey dew melon, then a cantaloupe, and well... you get the point.  But I get points for this, right? Jake totally knows what a banana is for.

They know what a pineapple is too, but that's because they wants to carve it out and live in it... like a guy named Bob with square pants.  Oh, and what about my rule on kids dressed up like a walking cartoon, and how mine would never do that?  Clearly I never imagined the excitement on Jake's face when he saw that Tom & Jerry t-shirt that he just had to have {and that I bought for him}...
Or those Thomas the Train pajamas {guess who bought those?  Yep, mama}.

Oh, my toe nails are painted today but that's only because I painted over the chipped parts for the 10th time when I had 2 minutes to spare while sitting in the car waiting for Sam to get out of school the other day.  And last time when I came home from getting my overdue highlights done, I realized that my house did not smell like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.  
It smelled like boys.

If you see me driving down the road in a dirty old Jeep {it was so cool when it was new and I swore we'd never eat in it} there will be three boys buckled in without an inch to spare because it's paid off and I get to stay home with my boys so despite REALLY wanting a new car, I'll be driving it until it dies. 
You'll be sure to see us because we will be leaving a trail of bright orange goldfish crackers along the way.  It's not that I don't bring my car to the car wash, I sometimes do.  But that's just for fun because we love the sound of the "rain."  

Oh, but if it's Thursday night, you WILL find us at the kitchen table doing homework... the entire packet for the week due on Friday morning.

What about being "well put together?"  Ha!  Here's what the boys usually look like...

And our family room couch makes THE best fort in the world.

  So even though I am not really the kind of mom I thought I'd be, I do feel that I am the kind of mom that my boys need.  The way that we do things may not work for everyone, but it works for us.
And I really am okay with that.
Craft That Party said...

as a momma of boys I liked this post a lot :)

Jen Marrs said...

you got me at the toe nail polish-- applied 10 times over and over at the chipped off parts. Totally me to a T! Loved this, you are a great boy mama!

JBSquared said...

Oh, I am so right there with you. I actually bought the boys a Star Wars Lego t-shirt the other day. It was only $2 at consignment! I briefly hung my head in shame and then quickly got over it when I realized it was one shirt I wouldn't have to care about keeping spotless. ;)

And you showed your boys and your house, but you didn't show YOU! That's one thing on the list you got right - you DO always look put together and beautiful.

Naiman Family said...

Laurie-Thanks for posting this! As a mother to two little boys, it's nice to know I'm not alone. Our idea of being a mother has changed to meet the needs of our children, now that we actually have children (rather than the idea we had in our minds before children). :)

Mama Parker said...

Love it!!

The Jenson's said...

Ain't it the truth....Love It!

Annie said...

LOL! so true!!! You made me get teary eyed! I thought I was going to be that mom too! And sometimes I get a little discouraged when i realize I cant keep up with how I expected I'd be, but I think you're so right about being the kind of mom our kids need! I think its better than the "little miss perfect mom" that would probably be very boring for the kids! You have 3 lucky boys!! you're an awesome momma!

Dori said...


I loved reading this. I feel the same way. By the way, you are an awesome Mom. I read your FB posts and your Blog and always think that you are such a fun Mommy and your kids are so lucky!

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You're amazing!!

Unknown said...

I'm your newest follower! That post was awesome :) I have 4 girls and can relate to alot of your points :) is where I hang out :)

Janette @ The Johanson Journey said...

how funny.. I guess we all have had a preconceived notion of how we would be.. until you are faced with it--- I think I said a lot of the same and am about to have 3 kids myself-- and dinner? what? hotdogs anyone? New to your blog and loved your post!! :) I'm gonna link up to follow ya too... hugs!

Unknown said...

oh wow I never saw this post before and it almost took my breath away because it is so perfect. And so me. Last night I painted over my chipped toenail polish- with a different color. I swore I would have 2, 4 or 6 kids but never and odd number (that I managed but now regret). I had grand plans for homemade dinners when the hubby got home, crafts every afternoon with the kids, homemade treats, hair always done, etc. Life is funny the way it pokes fun at all our plans! But you know what, what happened is pretty darn near perfect and my visions probably would have driven me nuts trying to maintain! And when it comes down to it, it's more important that our kids thing everything is wonderful than it is that our plans play out according to our naive visions!

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