Meet the Mama's: Heather

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ON YOUR MOTHERHOOD JOURNEY?
I’m the mother to a three-year-old bundle of constantly-talking, joyful energy; and his one-year-old spirited little brother who we lovingly call “the lil’chunk chunk.”

WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR HARDEST “MOM MOMENTS” THAT YOU WILL ONE DAY LOOK BACK ON AND LAUGH?
I’m sure one day I’ll look back and laugh at the “hard mom moments” involving poo. Like the time that a four-month-old Miles had a blow-out on a road trip, while being changed at a gas station in his car seat. POOF! An explosion of poo all over the back seat, his uncle, and his dad. (There was no baby changing station at this particular stop. I know, ridiculous!)

WHAT HAS SURPRISED YOU THE MOST ABOUT MOTHERHOOD?
What has surprised me the most is the collision of feelings motherhood brings. It’s not that I’m surprised at the depth of love for my boys because although I didn’t know exactly how that love would feel, I knew that it would come so I was a bit prepared. But I’m consistently surprised by how many emotions there are to feel even within one day. Joy, fear, frustration, humility, anger, peace, impatience, confusion, elation, happiness…all at one time. No wonder we all have mommy brain!

WHAT IS A CURRENT CHALLENGE IN YOUR FAMILY LIFE?
A current challenge I’m experiencing as a mother is getting a three-year-old boy to finally potty train. The pee? Not going in the pot. The poo? Not even close! No siree and thank you very much. It’s Great. Secondly, I’m challenged every day with finding a way to balance all the things that make up who I am. I’m pretty sure that’s never going to change.

MY “MOM SECRET WEAPON” IS…
My mom secret weapon is PBS. I can distract my children when I need to without worrying about what they’re going to see. Including commercials. I’m not a big fan of my kids seeing very many ads. So “Sid the Science Kid” and “Curious George” occasionally instruct my children on life while I get a moment to take a shower or, um…read blogs.


And my Mama Manifesto, is:
…to be a tangible example to my family of God’s unconditional love... to make our home a place of refuge, a comforting place to rest…to teach my boys to not only open doors and pull out chairs for girls, but to never take advantage of them (which includes returning phone calls, and always telling the truth, even if it hurts)...to teach my children the joys of playing an active role in bringing justice to a hurting world…to allow other moms to feel whatever they need to feel, validating them with no judgment…to work toward remaining truly present as I watch the years fly by.

1 comment:

  1. I cannot wait to someday meet you in person! You rock, and I am so glad that your narrative will be on this blog. You have a gift!

    -Ali

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