With Mother's Day this weekend, I thought that it would be fun to post a motherhood poll that a friend sent me months ago. It's one of those forwards that you get; I always love reading what everyone else writes but rarely do it myself.
1) age of child: 8 months
2) your age at birth: 26
3) years married when 1st born: 6
4) ultimate desired number of kids: 3, max 4 (we’ll have to reevaluate after every kid because this is harder than I thought!)
5) how long was your labor: 16 hours
6) labor: easy, hard, soso: epidurals are a blessing from the Lord so it was not as bad as I expected but they do call it "labor" for a reason
7) most shocking thing about motherhood: how hard it is and how most women don’t talk about it
8) favorite part of motherhood: watching Steven grow and playing a major role in that, the three of us spending time together, laughing and playing, taking pictures of milestones and happy times
9) least favorite part of motherhood: lack of sleep, not getting a break, clipping Steven’s fingernails and sucking out his nose, Steven being sick
10) how are you finding yourself like your mom: enjoying staying at home and focusing on Steven
11) how are you different from your mom: I don’t think I’m as sweet; I definitely have more attitude (that’s where Steven gets it) =)
12) your short term mommy goals: that I would learn how to discipline and react to Steven constantly changing behavior (this is a long-term goal too)
13) your long term mommy goals: to be a Godly mother who looks for wisdom in the Bible and not in parenting books; to diligently hold my child(ren) up in prayer; that I wouldn’t have or push my own agenda on my child(ren) but be supportive of who or whatever it is they are and God wants them to be in life.
14) scariest mommy moment so far: 1)Steven choking on a cracker. 2)In the first 6 weeks after S was born, I would wake up in the middle of the night suddenly and panic because I had dreamed that I had put him in the bed with us and he was tangled in all the bedsheets or I had rolled over on him. Thankfully after a few seconds of sheer terror I would walk over and see him peacefully and safely sleeping in the pack and play bassinet. I never put him in bed with us for that reason- I'm a very deep and fitful sleeper. Sleep deprivation was rough especially for me- I like my sleep and don't function very well without it.
15) best part of a typical day: playing with Steven and making him laugh, helping him learn and discover new things, S getting excited when C gets home
16) worst part of a typical day: 3:30 to 6 is hard, he won’t sleep again until he goes to bed so is cranky sometimes and it’s hard to find new things to do that we haven’t already done that day. Thank goodness for friends and the playground (and baths- always a good distraction and necessary now that he’s so active)!
Favorite grocery store: HEB, but I frequent Kroger a lot too because it’s closer. I’m also a big fan of Wal-Mart and can’t wait until they finish our new one across the highway because it will take me 5 min door to door.
Favorite techie things: Amazon.com is a lifesaver during Christmas time and for anything you need during the year. We just signed up to Blockbuster Online since we don’t get to go to many movies anymore- a big change for us. It lets us watch all the movies we want to see without having to go to the nearest store (12 min), and it only takes two days to get them in the mail after they receive our last one, so we always have something to watch that we picked out (ingenious and a little dangerous). Also, you can go into the store if you have a problem with the DVD and they switch it for you so you don’t have to wait for it in the mail to see how your movie ends (brilliant).
Favorite places to shop: Ann Taylor Loft; Macy’s; Target; Bed, Bath & Beyond (kitchen/cooking stuff); Kohl’s (home dept); Hobby Lobby
Forgotten Confession #4 (from last post): Steven was not teething a couple of weeks ago. He just wanted to find out what goes on at 3:00 am and if he is missing out on anything. If I can't figure out why he's acting strange, I usually think he's teething.