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7 Things I Never Thought I’d Do (But I Did Them All When I Became a Mom)

I became a mom a little later in life. I was 37 when I had my first baby. I spent my 20’s and 30’s focusing on my career, and waited to have children until I found my “Mr. Right”.

Of course, you can have it all. A great career, and be a wife and a mom, all at the same time. But in the field in which I worked, (TV Production), it was a tough, hectic lifestyle to be able to do it all successfully. My hours were relentless, so my focus was solely on my job.

As much as I loved my career, though, my desire to be a mom one day never wavered. I spent many years dreaming about my babies-to-be. I often thought about the type of mom I would be. And the type of mom I would NOT be.

None of the daydreams can prepare you for the craziness that comes along with motherhood. All the “perfect mother” images I had of myself as a mom were completely shattered once my babies were born.

I was changed forever. And I had to do some unimaginable things. For instance…

 

#1 Clean poop off of walls, (and floors, cribs and even bathtubs).

I won’t lie and say I wasn’t gagging the entire time. While in the midst of being potty trained, one of my kids had an accident and tried to clean it up by themselves. What I discovered was… poop smeared EVERYWHERE.  It was like a murder scene, but instead of blood, it was poop splattered on the walls, the floor, the doorknobs… everywhere. And yep, I had to clean it all.

 

#2 Wipe someone else’s boogies with my bare fingers.

If you have children, you have experienced the “Boogie Explosion”. It’s when a kid sneezes and boogies are suddenly spilling out of their nose. What’s a mom to do? There’s only one answer… Wipe.

 

#3 Clean someone else’s face with my spit.

My mom did this to me all the time. I swore I would NEVER use my spit to clean my own kids’ faces. Guess what? I have. There are times when you have no choice but to wipe that pop-tart jelly off their cheek with your spit.

 

#4 Eat a complete dinner from my child’s scraps.

Hey, at least the food didn’t go to waste.

 

#5 Go fishing in the toilet.

My son dropped his precious Thomas engine in the toilet once. The shrieks were ear-piercing. I went in to help and discovered he had also just pooped in the toilet!  Yes, Thomas was swimming with a turd. But I had no choice. My son was beyond consolation, I just needed to act quickly and save Thomas. So I did. I closed my eyes and shoved my hand in that toilet. I will admit I scrubbed for a LONG time after. But I was happy to have stopped the shrieking. And for a brief moment, I was my son’s HERO.

 

#6 Yell in public.

I had friends who had children before me, and I witnessed the yelling. I swore I would never be “that mom”. The one who lost her cool. Who yelled at her kids in public. Who made everyone turn and stare.

Well, guess what?  The first time my son hid from me under a mannequin’s dress in Target, and I couldn’t find him… Yep, I yelled. Like a crazy lady. I’m sorry, but there are times when it is warranted.

 

#7 Put ME last. Sometimes even behind the dogs.

I don’t matter anymore. Every mom understands this. Before kids, my thoughts were all about me. Taking care of me. My life revolved around ME.

Then I got married, and my life was all about taking care of my hubby.

Then we adopted a dog, and I was focused on taking care of me, hubby and the dog.

Then I had kids. From that moment on, none of us mattered as much as they matter. The kids always come first. Hubby next. Dogs 3rd. And I am last. It’s just what moms do. They sacrifice themselves. Happily. Okay, sometimes not so happily. But I really wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

BOTTOM LINE.

I’m sure there will be many more things I will be shocked to discover that I will do willingly for my children.

Thus is the life of a mom. Because it’s all about LOVE.

Unconditional Love.

A mother’s love.

 

 

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39 Comments

  • Reply Christina @There's Just One Mommy September 14, 2015 at 9:43 am

    So many things we do as moms we never thought we’d do!
    I have definitely gone fishing in the toilet — for Hotwheels. And wiped plenty of poo up, too.

    • Reply cindieblog@yahoo.com September 14, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      Hotwheels! Yep, I’ve found those in some strange places too! Thanks for visiting!

  • Reply Lindsay (@itssimplylinds) September 14, 2015 at 9:56 am

    I have done 1,2,3, and 7 all over the weekend! Who would have thought, right?

    • Reply cindieblog@yahoo.com September 14, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      You poor mom! All in one weekend?! Motherhood is fun, huh? 😉
      Thanks for visiting!
      xo ~Cindie

  • Reply Debbie Woodruff September 14, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    LOL. Been there, done that. All my kids are out of the house now, but I find myself doing a lot of those things for my dogs (especially the poop thing 🙂 ).

    • Reply cindieblog@yahoo.com September 14, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      I know – dogs are as bad as kids sometimes! We have 3 dogs so it’s like a zoo… I am never without poop to clean!
      Thanks for visiting!
      ~Cindie xo

  • Reply katehardin September 14, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Yep done most of these as a mom…. I have not yelled yet but mainly because she is not old enough to have dome something like hide… I’m sure it will happen. No fishing in the toilet….yet! Fingers Crossed that wont happen. I do bribe my baby to avoid fits… like when it is time to go inside from the backyard. I have not problem causing a fit if what she is doing could be harmful but I am all about bribery when fits can be avoided and I know before I was a mom I would have thought why are you bargaining with your baby just pick her up and take her in…. 🙂

    • Reply cindieblog@yahoo.com September 14, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      I never thought I’d fish in the toilet either! But the cries when Thomas plopped in there…. Oh boy! I just had to! lol

  • Reply Grace Mountain Diaries September 14, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    HA! Yes, never in my wildest dreams would I think: toilet water isn’t the worst think my child could drink (not on purpose, mind you), my hand or clothes are the same as kleenex, cleaning poop smeared on everything is a way of daily life. 🙂

    • Reply cindieblog@yahoo.com September 14, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Drinking toilet water – how funny! Now I don’t feel so bad about my daughter drinking a bottle of bubbles! lol I love hearing other moms’ stories – we are all in the same boat!

      Thanks for visiting!
      ~Cindie xo

  • Reply Sandy September 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Oh my gosh, these are too funny and so true!! The things I do and say sometimes still amaze me 🙂

  • Reply Jenny @ Unremarkable Files September 14, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    How about go around your house shutting off lights and flushing toilets (eww) after people all day long?

    • Reply cindieblog@yahoo.com September 14, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Yep – that would be my #8! My 6 year old son refuses to flush! It’s so gross!

  • Reply serenemomblog September 14, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I LOVE this list! It’s so perfect and sums up motherhood. Isn’t it amazing the things you find yourself wiping poop off of LOL?

    • Reply cindieblog@yahoo.com September 14, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Amazing and GROSS!!! lol

      Thanks for reading!
      ~Cindie xo

  • Reply Stefanie (@LexieLooDylan2) September 14, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    This made me laugh! I’m pretty certain I’ve done every one of those!

    http://www.lexieloolilyliamdylantoo.com

    • Reply cindieblog@yahoo.com September 14, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      Glad I made someone chuckle today! It feels good to know we are all running around doing the same crazy things, doesn’t it?!

      Thanks for visiting!
      ~Cindie xo

  • Reply Claire September 14, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    So good! Yes the poop is just everywhere…

  • Reply Vianca September 14, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Hahaha, I love this. I am not a mom but I have a nephew. I have found myself doing some of these things. I usually wonder if I will be the same way with my kids. I guess only time will tell.

  • Reply confessionsofanaggingmother September 15, 2015 at 4:42 am

    These are all soooo true! I think I’ve done them all…including the toilet incident! The things parents do!

    #babybrainmonday

    Gemma xxx

  • Reply Kirsten Toyne September 15, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Oh yes. motherhood certainly teaches us a lot and changes our perception of ourselves and children and well actually a whole lot. Great post. Thank you. Kirsten

  • Reply Tayler Morrell September 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    So true!

  • Reply Kate September 16, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Oh man, yes! Mine was when my at the time 1.5 year old puked all over my face when I was laying on the floor with her over me. It was awful, but a common joke around the house now that she’s 15. hehe

    • Reply cindieblog@yahoo.com September 16, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      BLECH! I forgot about the projectile puke!!! That should be my #8! lol

  • Reply cuteheadskids September 16, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Oy, I still think #2 is the grossest of them all, ahead of any poop-related thing. And I’ve done it countless times! The things we do for love..

    xo,
    Esther
    The Cuteness

    • Reply cindieblog@yahoo.com September 16, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      I agree with you!!!!

  • Reply Brighter, Darling September 16, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I am not a mommy (yet) but from what I read, I feel like I will need tissues and a travel size pack of baby wipes everywhere I go. They really should invent a little slot in bras where we can slip mini essentials; kinda like the key/card slot in yoga pants haha.

    Your family is lucky to have a mom like you <3

    • Reply cindieblog@yahoo.com September 16, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Awww… thank you! It sounds like you will be a great mom one day too!

  • Reply Leah Herring September 17, 2015 at 5:51 am

    This made me laugh, so very true. #4 was me last night!

    • Reply cindieblog@yahoo.com September 18, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Yep – me too! Tonight! Surprisingly I’m still hungry but too tired to make myself my own dinner now! lol

  • Reply Krysten September 17, 2015 at 9:18 am

    These are reasons why I don’t think I could be a mom. I’m way too selfish.

    • Reply cindieblog@yahoo.com September 18, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      I was too. I was very self-centered before I had them. Maybe that’s why motherhood has been pretty shocking! lol

  • Reply Krista September 18, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    I love this post! ALL of them are so true for me too. I think the yelling in public was the one that surprised me most. I never thought I’d be the mom to yell at her kids in public. It definitely doesn’t happen often, but oh it happens!! LOL Thakns for sharing at MeetUp Monday! Hope to see you next week! http://www.thequinntessentialmommy.com

    • Reply cindieblog@yahoo.com September 18, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks for visiting! I agree, I’d rather deal with the poop and the boogies then feel how I feel after I yell! But we are all human, and it happens.

  • Reply Because... I'm cheap September 19, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Hey there! Stopping by from the Sunday Blog Hop linky on BecauseImCheap.com Thank you so much for linking up! This post made me laugh. So hard. Ha ha ha…. Probably not a good post to read while sipping hot coffee.. Oops! Hope to see you again on the next linky 🙂

    • Reply cindieblog@yahoo.com September 19, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Glad I could help spread some laughs!

  • Reply Brandy @ Our Thrifty Home September 19, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    This is both hilarious and beautiful. I found this post on the Sunday Blog Hop. I’m glad I did, I needed the chuckle. Why is it that “real life” is so humorous? Just today on Facebook someone posted a question of “what is something you have said as a mother that you NEVER thought you would say?” This post goes right along with that question.

    I’m going to share this on Facebook. I hope you don’t mind.

    Blessings,
    Brandy

    • Reply cindieblog@yahoo.com September 19, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      Please share!! I’m so happy you liked it. I try to find the humor in all the real moments. Otherwise, I’d lose my mind!!! lol Thanks for visiting, and sharing!

  • Reply Harps September 20, 2015 at 7:42 am

    I can relate to a few of these and I’m sure I’ll be able to relate to the whole list in a few months! Thanks for linking up to #babybrainmonday x

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