Friday, May 11, 2007

the mark of a mother*

There are so many things that I have gained with motherhood. An ability to function on minimal sleep, a set of silvery stretchmarks, a serious caffeine addiction. But these aren't really the marks of motherhood.

Throughout my pregnancy, I knew that I would love Claire, I mean, I really hoped that I would. But, like her? That's the part that scared me. How could I have known how much I was going to enjoy this little person? Watching her on the swings. Saying "dadadadada" and "was dat?" while pointing at everything in sight. Watching her change. Watching her interact with other kids. Watching her sit and crawl and stand and step. Watching her.
Discovering her strength. And mine. Being un-freaking-believably tired and still meeting her big needs. And doing it all again and again and again.

*The Parent Blogger Network and Light Iris posted this prompt, and offered a prize, so I had to join in, just a few hours shy of the deadline.


Stephanie said...

Isn't it amazing when we discover that we like our children? So cool.

Great post! And good luck in their spa contest!

Anonymous said...

Happy Mother's Day Kari! Enjoy every minute of it with your sweet little girl.

Holly said...

Such a great picture! Love it.

And happy early Mother's Day!

momaof4 said...

Happy Mother's Day Kari!!!!

Alida said...

I love that picture! It's so cool. Have a wonderful Mother's Day. I wish you more of the same:)