Honest Confessions About Motherhood - Baby Steps in High Heels

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Honest Confessions About Motherhood

Julia at Work, Wife, Mom … Life has prompted us to give honest confessions about motherhood for this week’s Working Mommy Wednesday.

I think it’s also a perfect subject to link up with Shell’s Pour Your Heart Out meme. The two almost always overlap for me.

What should I confess about motherhood?

For me, motherhood is the easiest thing I’ve ever done.

It’s also the single most difficult thing I’ve ever done.

Easy because it’s so incredibly natural.

Difficult because … well, you know, there are diaper blow outs, ear infections, tantrums, and figuring out how to do every single thing in life with only one hand.

Motherhood is amazing.

Watching the look of wonder on your child’s face as she discovers new things for the first time. Seeing her grow, develop, and learn. The way she begins to communicate, mimicking and responding and pointing at what she wants ... when just mere months ago she couldn’t do any of that.

And the truly amazing aspect seems to be that the amazement never ceases. One new development after another, and I’m still overwhelmed with pride and joy each and every time.

Motherhood is also painful.

Emotionally painful … the paranoia, fear, and unending worries.

Physically painful too! There is a scar on my right foot from where I dropped scalding water from the bottle sterilizer and an endless string of bruises on my shins from constantly walking into things on the way to a middle-of-the-night diaper change. And we won’t even discuss breastfeeding.

Motherhood is overwhelming, plain and simple.

For good reasons.

For not so good reasons.

It’s just overwhelming.

I confess that there are days I’d rather say in bed than get up at some before-daylight hour.

I confess that there are times when I long for a day without a shirt stained with spit up or peas or snot.

I confess that there are moments that I sneak off to the bathroom just the check my email or Facebook.

I confess that I occasionally wish I didn’t need to pack up the entire house for a quick trip to church or the store or the doctor.

But, at the end of the day, my biggest confession is that I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Most of it, anyway.

Because nothing is better than snuggling with your baby in those early morning hours. Or knowing that those peas she’s spitting in my face … she knows how to eat them, because I taught her to eat from a spoon!

Nope, I wouldn’t have it any other way.


  1. Oh, so sweet! Motherhood is HARD. Do you think people tried to warn us and we just didn't believe them? Or that moms know that you can't undestand until you have your own.

  2. If only someone could explain in a way we could understand just how much being mother would change us.

  3. I can't believe all the things I would have missed, had I never been a mother. The icky stuff is small potatoes to the great stuff :D

  4. Such a great post! And so true... It's such an oxymoron, being a mom. It's beautifully wrapped in chaos, and while any mom would confess all you've confessed, we'd all agree that it's a pretty sweet gig! :)

  5. Oh, the wonders of being a mom! I think it's funny that this is supposed to be about a working mom, cause I stay at home and feel almost all of those exact same things! :)

    Have a great day!

  6. awww... great post!! motherhood is the hardest thing to explain... tough, challenging, yet so rewarding!

  7. Great post! Being a mom is hard, and being a mom of a teens, is killing me. There is so much to worry about at all ages, all the time. It can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Then they give you a hug and it changes everything.

  8. Great post! If some one had told me that motherhood was tiring, never ending, chaotic, messy and rewarding all in one I wonder if I would have had any children. lol. But despite sleepless nights, long days of shuttling the kids here and there, potty training problems that hug, kiss and I love you mommy is all worth it. Pure love from a child to it's mother.

  9. I couldn't agree more! I don't think I would even know how to behave if I didn't have my accessories of snot or food on my shirt! Hee Hee

  10. You hit the nail on the head. Spot on Mama!