You know you’re a mom when…

You know you’re a mom when you can’t remember the last time you went to the bathroom without a train of children and animals following you in there.

You know you’re a mom when you’ve forgotten your own name and have started introducing yourself as “Hello, my name is Mom” or “Hello, my name is I Want.”

You know you’re a mom when you are standing in the grocery store by yourself when you hear a distant child call “Mom!” and you still turn your head to look, even though you are pretty sure your child is at home, at school, or a grown adult out of the nest.

You know you’re a mom when getting dressed means changing out of your pajamas only to slip into an oversized T-shirt and yoga pants.

You know you’re a mom when you’ve forgotten what “going out” means.

You know you’re a mom when you have to cross your legs every time you sneeze.

You know you’re a mom when going to bed at 10 PM is considered staying up late and getting up at 7 AM is sleeping in.

You know you’re a mom when you start talking to your pets the same way you talk to your kids. (March yourself to your room young man!)

You know you’re a mom when everything you hold, whether it’s a purse, a blanket; whatever it is, you start to bounce it in your arms or rock it like you’re holding a baby.

You know you’re a mom when you suddenly become an expert time manager, managing to fit in a bathroom break, a shower, and a meal in less than ten minutes.

You know you’re a mom when your meal includes (and sometimes is limited to) your child’s leftovers, like one half-eaten chicken nugget and mushy carrot sticks.

You know you’re a mom when you witness another parent dealing with a crying baby or misbehaving toddler in a public place and you give them a sympathetic “I’ve been there so I totally understand” look instead of a look of annoyance.

You know you’re a mom when you’re on vacation or spending the day just for yourself and you still look around for your kid, or you miss them so much you realize you would rather be home with them instead of by yourself.

You know you’re a mom when you go out shopping for yourself and end up buying more things for your child instead. Hot cute new pair of wedge sandals? Nah, I’ll get these light-up tennis shoes for my little one because she’ll love them and I can’t wait to see her face when she sees them.

You know you’re a mom when no matter how tired you are, or how worn out or overwhelmed, or in how bad a mood you are in, a smile from your little one makes your day a whole lot brighter.

You know you’re a mom when no matter how old your child gets or how far away they move, you know they are still your child.

You know you’re a mom when you thank God every day for blessing you with His most precious gift, and you say a prayer every day for your little one, even if they aren’t little anymore.

And finally, you know you’re a mom when you answer the question, “So what do you do?” with, “I have the greatest, most challenging, and most rewarding job in the world. I am a mom.”

 

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