Motherhood is a funny thing. It’s challenging but fun, educational yet amazing, difficult at times, and still the most rewarding job in the world.
Growing up, I never imagined being a mom. I played with Barbie dolls, dressed them up, and often pretended to be a Barbie…but never pretended to be their mom. It’s not that I didn’t want to be a mom, I just never thought about it as a kid. As I am writing this, I am amazed just thinking about it especially since I love being a mom.
When I got married, I knew that I eventually wanted to be a mom. My husband and I faced some very hard times as we were building a life together and trying to grow our family. We experienced several miscarriages before being blessed with our son. That was one of the hardest times in my life, I felt so incomplete and helpless. I was getting pregnant, but was not able to carry the baby full-term.
I can tell you we almost gave up on trying to have a baby. The disappointment, heart-ache and embarrassment was becoming too much for me to bare. I felt as if I was letting my husband down by not being able to give him a child. It was devastating to say the least. It has also helped me to appreciate the little things about being a mom. With all that we had gone through to get our baby here, we named him Chance because God gave him a chance at life.
I can literally write pages and pages of reasons I love being a mom, but I will do my best to sum it up in eight.
1. Having Chance as a son.
The best part of being a mom for me is Chance. Chance is an amazing kid with a heart of pure gold. When he was 2 years old, he shared with me that he wanted me and my husband to pay for every kid to go to daycare so that they will learn to read, because if they weren’t able to read, they couldn’t read their bible. His love for people is humbling.
2. The unconditional love.
I can hardly comprehend the love that I have for Chance. It’s not based on his behavior, his cute face, or his giving heart. I love him unconditionally because he is my son, my gift from God and nothing will ever change that. It’s a love that I’ve never experienced before outside of the love I receive from God.
3. Watching my son grow up.
Having an opportunity to see my son grow up, make decisions, think creatively, and treat people with kindness…all of the things that we pray for as parents is one of the most encouraging things as a mom. I watch him and realize my “epic fail’ mom moments aren’t all that bad in the long run.
4. Helping my son develop a love for learning.
It brings me great joy to help Chance develop a love for learning. We started him watching educational videos, learning shapes, letters, colors and numbers at just 3 months. Early education is so important, and I love being his first teacher.
5. Rising to the occasion.
There’s a responsibility with being a mom that is almost immeasurable. How we parent is the most telling story of their life. The challenge of rising to the occasion and examining myself daily gives me great joy. Being a mom inspires me to be better. I’ve always been considerate of others, but I’ve never given thought to someone watching me day in and day out. Being a mom changed my perspective and helped me to be more aware of my actions.
6. Seeing my son happy.
Seeing Chance happy gives me pure joy! When he smiles, laughs or if he is simply enjoying the moment, makes my heart smile. He loves for me to cuddle with him and rub his tummy before bed, it’s among our favorite things to do every night. Being there and showing him affection, is one of the best ways to bring happiness to his life.
7. Being an example.
Having an opportunity to help shape the life he ultimately leads by seeing the life I lead in front of him is priceless. I love showing him what to do rather than telling him. When I wanted to teach Chance to pray, I just prayed with him every night as a baby…before he could even talk. As he grew older we continued, and now he often says our family prayers. He loves to pray.
8. Knowing that I am my son’s first love.
There is nothing like a mother-son relationship. I love ending my busy day listening to him share the happenings of his day, thoughts and feelings. To hear him share his heart with me, is a prized possession.
All of the above and more makes it definitely worth it to be his mom. He made me the Motivated Mom that I am today. I love being his mom not just on Mother’s Day, but every day.
Why do you love being a mom? Did my reasons trigger a memory or thought that you’d like to share? Please comment below and share this article, I would love to hear from you.
© LaToyia Dennis ~ Motivated Mom