The wise Dr. Seuss once said:
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind!
I think that should be the motto of mommyhood. Continuing from yesterday's post, I've realized that other mommies aren't competition and if they WANT to be, they I don't have time for them.
I do have time for the friendships that make me feel respected. Over the past year and a half I have been given the great opportunity to meet some amazing mothers and with that came some beautiful friendships. I truly owe that to Parker... Because of him I joined MOMS Club, enrolled in ECFE classes and attended story times at the library. And with all of those came very enriching relationships!
Those wonderful ladies have helped me to learn to trust my own instincts when it comes to being a mommy and many of them haven shown support for the way I have decided to raise my children, even if it is not the same way they parent their children.
They're helping me realize that the days that I feel like a crummy parent are completely normal. I now know that I am not the only one that second-guesses myself (even though I am working on trusting my own instincts).
And they are also helping me remember the interests that I had before I had children. Joining a book club (even with how in-active I have been lately), mom nights out (or 'in' watching a movie) and taking time to unwind and scrapbook are things that I look forward to all month.
So.. Thanks mommies! You guys are all so amazing and wonderful and you make me feel amazing and wonderful (even when I have puke down my shirt or an explosive diaper smeared all over my leg).