I’m a mom to my two sons, Wyatt and Mason.
I prefer to be called 'mommy' by them because I know it won't last long.
One day they will be too cool or too old and then I'll have to go by 'mom.'
When you become a mom you learn so many new things!
First of all you don't know what your body is capable of before motherhood-
The stages your body goes through during pregnancy and the recovery during the days after.
I remember having Wyatt and thinking - how come nobody tells you about this stuff?
There is the way your body runs on virtually no sleep as you wake up to feed the baby in the wee hours
You try to sneak in naps when baby does.
Though, if this is baby number 2, 3, or 4 - forget napping when baby does!
Then there are the lessons your children teach you.
Of course they teach you about unconditional love - there is nothing like the love you have for your own child.
They also teach you about stress and time management.
They confirm that your multi-tasking skills are second to none.
They teach you about dealing with embarrassment and how to avoid the starring eyes in the grocery store.
You catch yourself saying things your parents said - and you swore you would never say!
Well this is the life of a mom - but here is MY life as mom.
My son Wyatt is four years old.
He is so soft hearted and easy going - most of the time.
He can keep himself entertained when I'm trying to cook a meal or work on a project.
He has his moments though – he likes to instigate problems with his brother on a regular basis.
Lately when we discipline him, which consists of talking in a stern voice, he runs off crying and saying that we don't love him.
My husband and I have been brainstorming how we can overcome this reaction
Just because he is being disciplined does not mean we don't love him!
It seems to work if we make him sit down and calmly explain how is behavior is unacceptable.
We say things like, 'Mommy and Daddy really love you, but..."
Just by hearing the explanation puts him in tears.
Then there is Mason.
He is my 2 1/2 year old tornado, and he has a totally different temperament.
Tell him no and he keeps doing it.
Tell him that if he does something again he will go to time-out and he purposely does it while looking at you.
Talk about testing a persons patience - he has brought me to tears on more than one occasion.
My husband and I half-joke that the school will be calling us all the time.
I say half-joke because I half believe it to be true!
As a mom of boys I have had to learn what boys do.
How boys go to the bathroom, don't play with Barbies, aren't 'supposed' to like the color pink.
I have had to mentally prepare myself that many of my shopping days are over.
Though there are a few things that my boys will be learning how to do!
They will be learning how to put the seat of the toilet down - ALL.THE.TIME
They will learn how to be respectful to everyone - and especially towards girls.
They will learn the basics of cooking, banking, and laundry.
I'm not saying that boys don't always get taught these things -
I'm just saying that MY boys WILL learn these things!