Mommy Life,  Musings

What I Can Say About Motherhood

Happy Mother’s Day to all mommies out there! Although this is a belated post, it’s still not too late to show appreciation and honor to all mothers in the world. Let’s embrace the greatness of motherhood!

 

Olivia is still too young to understand this special day, so I’m just happy and contented with her usual hugs and kisses for now.

 

What’s Motherhood ?

 

Motherhood is like love that’s really hard to define. It’s as if your heart has grown 1000 times bigger.

 

It has been two years since I’ve become a mother. When I found out I was having a girl, I was actually scared. It was because I don’t know how to become a kikay mother. I have insecurities with my fashion sense. I don’t even know how to properly tie my own hair, what more others’ hair ? How am I supposed to apply her make up when I don’t even wear one ?

 

Motherhood in my case, is still a work in progress and tons of trial and error. You’d actually wish there is a mommy manual out there. But, now I understand that God has made moms with a natural instinct on what to do even without a mommy manual. Mothers have a natural instinct to protect, guide and love their young unconditionally.

 

Random Thoughts About Motherhood

 

Overtime, these are just a few reflections I have developed about motherhood:

 

Love at first sight becomes a reality.

-They say romantic love at first sight rarely happens. But, the opposite is true by the time a mother sees her child come out to this world for the first time.

 

Your needs become secondary.

-When you were single, all you think about is what clothes to wear, where to hang out on the weekend, or what movie to watch next. Fast forward to motherhood later, every basic needs of your child are listed on top of your shopping list.

 

Your heart melts when those huge puppy eyes look up at you and say “Mama”.

-It’s wonderful how nature made the words “papa” and “mama” as babies’ first words.

 

You always get praning even if it’s just a mild fever.

— We tend to exaggerate when our children get a cough or cold. Even a mild fever sometimes merits a trip to the doctor already! On my part, I’d rather let her be “makulit” than be sick on her bed.

 

You feel immensely proud when she learns something new.

-Whether it’s saying a new word or naming a picture, you feel like they have graduated with honors already.

 

You get “gigil” by those pudgy legs and fingers.

-Oh just one more bite please!

 

Life now is “kalat”, “ligpit” and repeat.

-Kids’ mess are here to stay! But for me, it’s all great though. It’s unusually therapeutic for me.

 

You can’t help but stare at your kids all day.

-Well, it’s not about being mushy. But, admit it. You just can’t help but stare at them even if they are asleep.

 

You can’t help but wonder what they would be like when they grow up.

-There are lot of these thoughts that could make any parents go insane! But, although they have their own individuality, we should still be there to guide them through.

 

Who gives a damn about your love handles and haggardness ?

-Yes, Duchess Kate looked great after spending less than 24 hours in the hospital and you still look fat and disheveled after chasing your kid around the house and cooking lunch at the same time. But who actually cares ? Kids still love you anyway!

 

Motherhood is a Great Job!

I know I still have a long, long way to go to become a hall of fame mother, but I’d take baby steps at a time. I know I’d be making good and bad decisions along the way. There would also be a lot of parenting guilt.

 

My little one already knows how to get angry and become “tampo” at me. I do get jealous when she tends to be more affectionate to others in the household. But I know her little heart will always find its place in mine.

 

At the end of the day, those puppy eyes will still look up at me and say “Mama”.

I am a wife to Francis and a mother to Olivia. I am an avid reader, but a frustrated writer. Maybe considered a millennial, but very much of a "manang".

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