I'm an awesome Mom

Posted by Tamie on Friday, May 9, 2008

Something reeked when I walked in from grocery shopping today. I had lingered a little too long at Wal-Mart, being insensitive to Ryan’s working from home. Was the smell a diaper that didn’t get tied off or something Tanner stashed in his secret toy cupboard? I look around at 11:00 am and think—was this house really clean before bed last night? To the right there was, as usual, embarrassing large piles of dirty laundry on the floor and clean, unfolded laundry on the counter. Hyrum’s pants were soaked through because I let him have two bottles of chocolate milk at the grocery store. Tanner and Jordan were whining intensely for their own dose of chocolate milk. I carried all the bags in, got the chocolate milk, changed the baby, put him down for a nap and snuck a chance to check email. My Aunt sent me a tear jerker mother’s day card and I started thinking . . .

I am an AWESOME Mom. I have no idea why because nothing around me seems to validate that statement. Or does it? I’m now looking at the morning in a different light. After my walk and shower, I started my day lying on the bed exhausted (nice start!). Hyrum brought a book of Fairy Tales onto the bed so of course all four boys jumped up, poking and pushing their way as close to me as possible. I loved watching Ty tickle Hyrum, Hyrum trying to say “peck, peck, peck, and a cluck, cluck, cluck.” I LOVE rubbing Tanner’s sweet bare back—he’s always the last one dressed. And I love how Jordan giggles with his whole body and constantly tries asserting his control. We had to end when he refused to let anyone else turn the pages. When we were finally in the car, we cranked up the Michael Bubble song “Save the Last Dance for Me.” I could see my kids grinning and bouncing in the rear view mirror as they watched me sing and dance in the Suburban driver seat. When I finally dropped Ty off to school (late) he looked back THREE times with his sweet grin and wave before going inside. I think Jordan may have already said "look, Mom!" about 200 times today. And each time I reply "cool! Jordan" as if I've never seen something so amazing in all my days.

So I’m going to forget all the nagging guilt today and admit that I’m an awesome Mom. I really, REALLY love my kids and they really do love me. Tanner has been negotiating with me for quite some time now to use the computer to play PBS kids and he’s saying “tickle please, tickle please . . . “ So I better get back to being an awesome Mom. I wish all of you Mom’s, especially mine, a Happy Mothers Day.

Comments (5)

Ah Tamie, that post is so sweet. I loved reading about your day. It is so normal and refreshing. You are a great mom and good for you for taking time to notice that. And thanks for reminding me that I need to do the same.

I hope your Mother's Day is a GREAT one! What cute pics of you with your boys!

Posted May 9, 2008 at 10:42 PM by Blogger Marcy

You're one of the best moms I know! I love that you're finally taking credit for all you do! Thanks for your wonderful example and inspiration to notice the good we do as mothers. Best job in the world!

Posted May 10, 2008 at 2:50 AM by Blogger Mindy

Tamie, I love this post. You are so right! There are a million things we could look at in our day to make us think we are failures. Dishes and laundry alone are virtually impossible to keep up. I love how you boiled it down to loving and enjoying your kids and unabashedly admitted how awesome that makes you. Thanks!

Posted May 16, 2008 at 12:56 PM by Blogger Emily

Hi, Tamie, it's Jeannie (Herrin) Young! I came across your blog. Looks like you and Ryan are doing great! Four boys! That's awesome. We have three! You look like a great mom, I think we all need to give ourselves more credit than we do. So fun to see how you are, tell Ryan I said hi. Check out our blog if you'd like to keep in touch. It's www.forevertheyoungs.blogspot.com

Posted June 16, 2008 at 8:26 PM by Blogger Jeannie

You ARE and Awesome Mom!
Tamie- I am SO happy that I found you again. The blog world is such an amazing place. I found you through Bethany's blog and it's so fun to see you and your very handsome 4 boys!!
It so fun to see things that you've been doing over the years. Our blog is only a year old but you can see our 3 cute kids when you have the time. Have a great day!

Posted June 17, 2008 at 5:22 PM by Blogger The Favorite