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Mom Lessons: I Must Be Doing Something Right, and A Mother’s Work is Never Done.

little league throwing a ballMy little baseball pitcher, circa 2008.

Last week threw me a curveball, but when the week was over, I had learned a couple of important mom lessons I’d love to share with you. {And I’d love for you to share yours with me too!}

The week was supposed to go something like this…

Planned To Do List: Week of August 20
  • Plan weekly dinner menu for the week and shop for groceries. {Monday}
  • Enjoy some beach time with the kids. {Tuesday, Thursday}
  • Take kids back-to-school supply shopping. {Wednesday}
  • Take kids to Balboa Park for some fun at the museum’s before they head back to school. {Thursday}
  • Go to surprise birthday luncheon for my mom. {Friday}
  • Get house clean and organized before kids go back-to-school.
  • Do loads and loads and loads of laundry.
  • Write a back-to-school lunch post for the blog.
Actual List: Week of August 20
  • Hang out in bed with Big Tex all day Tuesday and Wednesday, and most of the day Thursday and Friday, in pajamas, hair perfectly coiffed in birds nest do’s {aka bed head}, kleenex piled high by our sides, and playing the “who has the highest temperature” game. Trust me, we weren’t a pretty sight.
  • Go to the doctor twice in one week.  On Wednesday I took Big Tex to the Pediatrician, and on Thursday I went to beg for my own drugs Z-pack to exterminate the nasty bug that had taken over our house {poor SiSi got to suffer our same fate two weeks prior.}
  • Call Mr. Spicy on the phone to bring home take out dinner, not once, not twice, but at least thre or four times.  Except for last night, I did not cook a single meal all week. {Confession Time:  It was kind of nice…}

Clearly, the week did not go as planned, but as crummy and unproductive as it was, the mom lessons I learned, more than make up for it.

LESSON ONE: Despite the back talking, arguing, whining, bickering, and yells for help, despite my having told my kids one million one hundred and one times to come find me instead of yelling at me from far away,

Mom!…Mom!!…Mom, I need you!…MOM!!!

my kids surprise me every now and then with pure, loving, pull-at-my heartstrings acts of kindness, that make me think I must be doing something right as a mom.

While I was sick, SiSi did a couple loads of laundry {including her little brothers} and even folded them without me even asking. She also made meals for me, complete with a silver tray and linen napkins. Oh, and one day she and Big Tex {who started his antibiotics one day ahead of me and was starting to feel better} prepared me a special meal together, complete with sweet love notes and flowers.

 waitress girl in apronMy adorable personal waitress ready to take my lunch order, with her furry sous chef in the back.

flowers and love notes sketchFlowers and love notes from SiSi and Big Tex.

LESSON TWO: Even when your child is all grown up, and is a responsible mostly-responsible adult, your work as a mother is truly never done.

Thank goodness for my own amazing mom, who came to my rescue by taking SiSi to not one, but two dental appointments, bought the kids all their back-to-school supplies, including two trips to Staples for the ever elusive orange two-pocketed folder without center brads {why, oh why, are those back-to-school shopping lists so d*@m specific???}, and did probably well over 6 loads of laundry for me.  Oh, and she even offered to miss her birthday luncheon to take care of the kids for me.  I am one lucky daughter.  Very lucky.  Like I said, a mother’s work is truly never done!

P.S. Not only is my mother amazing, but so are my dad, and both my mother and father-in-law who never cease to amaze me with their support and generosity.  By nature, I am one of those people who thinks I can do it all myself {along with my best superstar husband Mr. Spicy}  I can’t. We can’t.  Parenting is the most rewarding thing I have done in my life, but it is also tough work. If you are lucky enough to be surrounded by family and friends who offer to help you out, take my advice, and let them.  We all can use a little help from time to time. 🙂

How was your week?  Have you caught the bad bug that’s been going around?  If you have kids, are they back in school?  What are your own mom/parent lessons? Please share!

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11 thoughts on “Mom Lessons: I Must Be Doing Something Right, and A Mother’s Work is Never Done.”

  1. Oof sick is no fun but you were so nicely cared for. A great lesson indeed. Probiotics for you after that zpack. My mom comes to my rescue a lot and it makes me so grateful. Last friday, I had a giant list and ended up waiting for my son’s arm to be be x-rayed. The day was “wasted” but hanging with him have blown everything off was really fun. I’m off to teach my kids to do laundry (what is laundry age?)

    1. Thanks so much for your comment Teri-I got it 🙂 So sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well either. Hopefully you’re on the mend now, and September will be a healthy month for both of us!

  2. Sooo sorry you were sick. but how amazing your kids and family are! I will be waiting for that lunch post as I sure do find making healthy, interesting lunches that the girls will eat challenging.

  3. What a horrible way to finish out summer, but kinda sweet, too! My kids sneak into my room when I’m sick and kiss my forehead. My little one begs to cuddles with me and promises she won’t get sick. Best damn job in the world: motherhood! Not that I’m upset that they are back in school… hee! hee!

  4. I am so sorry you were sick.
    I love that they pitched in. That is the sweetest thing.
    Although I am not a mom yet I have learned that even if you plan everything perfectly, it still doesn’t always work out. But you learn to make the best of it! 🙂

  5. So sorry to hear that you + the husband have been sick – that is no fun! But it does look like you had some incredibly sweet, loving helpers to take care of you. Your daughter getting ready to take your order is absolutely adorable. Hope you’re 100% back to healthiness now!

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