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What makes your mom amazing? {part three}

April 26th | inspiration, jewelry

I have some adorable photos and an interview to share today! This is my sweet friend, Anna and her son Asher {who will steal your heart!} Anna’s a talented photographer–so hop over to check out her site!  Make sure to find the awesome coupon code at the bottom of the post. What has surprised you most about being a mom?

Well, there is always the true and obvious surprise….how much more I love my son than I even imagined I could. But I also am surprised at how much more inward my attention has turned towards my family. My love for my husband has grown and deepened in leaps and bounds and my relationships with my parents and siblings families are my most precious relationships.   I need them so much more as I am trying to raise my family.

Do you experience mom guilt? 

Yes, just this morning.  I was trying to clean my bathrooms and straighten up my house.  My son was whining and demanding things.  I kept trying to give him things to make him happy and keep him busy so mama could clean.  Guilt spoke and I realized that he was acting that way because he needed mama time.  My house wasn’t that dirty and I could find time during naptime to finish up.  These years are so fleeting and someday the tables will turn and I will be the whiner.  I put my stuff away and sat on the floor to build a superhero hideout.

If you had all day to yourself, how would you spend it?

I would do all the things that are not easy to do towing a little one around.  Before leaving the house I would remove all superheros, underwear, and kid snacks from my purse. Then off to a coffee shop for breakfast and good book to keep me company.  Then some shopping…just to see first hand what fashion is actually IN the stores, not online or in a magazine.  Just to flip through the racks in my own thoughts.  Then I’d meet up with a friend for a lunch date and some adult conversation.  I would pick the table on the sidewalk because I’m not worried my lunch date would ditch the booster seat and run into the street.  Then home for a nap with no alarm and no buzzing of the baby monitor.  After my nap I would take a bath and get ready for my hot date with my husband.  Which includes a dinner I did not cook.  Sounds so lovely, but only for a day……because at the end of the evening I know I’ll be missing my little guy.

Thank you, Anna! You are such an amazing mama.

Now your turn to share with us!   What surprised you most about being a mom?

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Read our first interview with my nieces here.

Read our second interview with my friend, Marijke, here.

11 Responses

  1. Jackie s says:

    How cute is her boy? And id probably have the same day as she described. :) may i ask where she got that shirt? Its simple and would go with so many outfits! :)

  2. Paige says:

    What a sweet interview. her “day to herself” sounds wonderful!

  3. Nikole says:

    What a talented photographer indeed! I found myself oooooing and aweing and chuckling out loud about the pictures in her Gallery! So sweet and what a precious little boy! I can so relate since I have four of them! Thank you for sharing!!! :)

  4. Vicki says:

    Probably one of the biggest surpries would be the lack of sleep I’m still NOT getting even though my youngest children are now 4 year old twins. I know it won’t be long and I will be begging them to get out of bed once they are teenagers. BUT, I will take lack of sleep anyday over a full nights rest without my babies. We waited 5 long, emotional (not so patiently) years to have sleepless nights and I’m trying to be thankful for the sleep deprived state I constantly live in:)

    P.S. My dream day would be alone time at home in my own house with a hot cup of coffee that I don’t have to rewarm 14 times before just dumping down the drain and making a new cup, just to repeat the madness. I would not feel guilty for spending hours reading blogs, magazine, and maybe a good book! I would end the day with my husband at our favorite restaurant and sleeping not so soundly because my body isn’t used to sleeping all night, so I would still wake up, but at least I could just stay in my bed;)

  5. Anne says:

    It always surprises me that when I am with young moms at the library (at my Story Time program) that I feel like I am just like them….and then I laugh at myself because my kids are 23 and 27. But when you talk about “problems” or things kids are dealing with…it seems like age doesn’t matter. Once a mom…always a mom…no matter how old they get! haha

  6. Kelli says:

    What surprises me so much about being a mom is how hard it is to form strong friendships with women who aren’t moms. I get it, but am dumbfounded and a bit bummed by it.

    I love this series of interviews, by the way!

  7. Anna Ingalls is MOTHER OF THE YEAR every year! I should give her one of those Dream Days. :)

  8. Joanna says:

    oh my. that boy is too precious!

  9. angie says:


  10. What surprises me most about being a mom is when my children teach me about Jesus. I was struggling yesterday with the little one I watch. She just didn’t want to listen and obey. My nine-year-old son finally said, “can we stop and pray?” Yes, of course. Why didn’t I think of that?

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