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April 15, 2008

Dear Moms: You're doing great!

A_4 Early this morning I saw a woman getting off of the bus - purse on one shoulder, diaper bag on the other, and a 2-year-old in a sling happily sucking on a sippy cup. I wanted to give her a standing ovation. The crazy part is, I'll bet that is just her regular morning routine. I'll bet she wakes at the crack of dawn and rarely thinks a thing about all of the effort it takes just to start her day. And I'll bet that not so long ago she slept till 9am on the weekends and spent her mornings lingering over coffee and a to-do list that involved nothing more pressing than picking up the drycleaning. Okay, now I'm talking about me. How times change.

I wish that I had given her a standing ovation, come to think of it. Isn't that what's missing in our lives, us moms? A pat on the back, a gold star - hell, I'd settle for a thumbs up. Sure, there is thanks to be found in the smiles and the belly giggles, in the drawings taped to the fridge and the bedtime hugs. But sometimes I wish this job came with report cards: "Carolyn is a wonderful addition to motherhood. Keep up the good work!"

And I only have one baby! Some of you have two, three, five! Those who work full time, who stay at home, who do it all on their own: Every day is full of minor miracles that go unnoticed.

So, to the mom who managed to clean the house, to the one who broke the binky addiction, to the one who survived CIO; to the mom who stuck with breastfeeding, to the one who made the hard decision to give it up, to the one who got her kids off to school fed and (almost) on time; to the mom who rises with the sun to get her baby to daycare, to the one who didn't sink into a puddle of mortification as her toddler kicked and screamed on the dirty grocery store floor: Gold stars all around!

Some days it feels like we accomplish nothing at all, but really just getting everyone to bed in one piece is something of an achievement. Keep up the good work girls, I'm proud of us all.


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Thanx...... it felt nice reading this post. Usually I love and enjoy reading about you and maddie..... But today I felt good :).
P.S - Am still lazy as ever :) .

Posted by: desertmom | Apr 15, 2008 9:59:00 PM

You're right, Moms rock!

And a gold star to you, Carolyn, for being an awesome mom- and writing a fab blog to boot!

Posted by: Rebekah | Apr 16, 2008 11:29:52 AM

AWW! I like this blog. It makes me feel better for feeding Mase cheese toast for supper last night. :) Thanks, Care

Posted by: Leanne | Apr 16, 2008 2:48:40 PM

aw. I take the compliment personally. Thankyou! And congratulations to you for raising maddie and finding the time to archive her life in this nifty little blog. You should bind it into a book. Have you checked shutterfly? They rock.

Posted by: michelle Hays | Apr 16, 2008 8:17:41 PM

Thanks for the boost...i needed it today!
every mother should read your post in the morning...you seem to put this daily chaotic, wonderful, frustrating, amazing, patience testing job, into perspective. & you always make me smile! thanks care! you get an a+++ from me!

Posted by: brandee | Apr 17, 2008 10:41:55 AM

This one was great--I sooo needed it today! Just last night I was (again) saying to my husband that I'll never know if I am doing a good enough job at this whole motherhood thing because there is no one to tell me if I am or not.

A+ Care;)

Posted by: Barbara | Apr 18, 2008 11:00:43 AM

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