Sunday, November 08, 2009

So...I've Been Tagged :)

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So, I've been tagged! Theta Mom tagged me, and I thought it would be fun to continue the process! As part of the "tagging" process, Theta Mom has asked that I write 5 experiences that have helped shape me into a Theta Mom(a true, authentic Mom), and then tag some other, really AWESOME theta moms! So, without further ado, here are 5 experiences that have molded and shaped me into a Theta Mom.

1. The way in which I got pregnant (before I was married, and at 19 years old), not many people thought that I would be able to be a Mother, because I was "too young and inexperienced". Well, if anyone actually knew me, they would know to not tell me that I can't do something, because that gives me even more of a reason to do it, and do it good! I have surprised everyone who ever knew me with how I have handled being a Mother. I am a good Mama with patience I never thought I would have. How much experience do you have to have before you can be a good mother?

2. Bree got her first cold when she was about two months old, so I pulled out my baby book to see what I should do. I was surprised that I had already done all of the things the baby book suggested. Humidifier, propped head, etc... However, my Mother In Law wasn't satisfied with the fact that I knew what I was doing and that I had a pretty good maternal instinct. She swore that I needed to call the doctor, and wasn't going to leave me alone until I did. To get her to shut up, I called the Doctor, and he told me everything I told her. Without a fever, they wouldn't see Bree, but do this, this and this...and she should begin to get well soon. And...she did. I was proud of how accurate my Maternal Instincts were, and even more so proud that I could successfully care for my baby without the help of a doctor, or a baby book, or a stinkin' Mother in Law.

3. Unlike a lot of first time Moms, I never wanted to just stay at home all day long with my baby. In fact, since Bree was born, we would do a lot of going. I did most of this going, by myself, while the hubby was at work. You wouldn't believe the muscles in my arms from lifting the car seat in and out of my 2 door Honda Civic. I think it was important for both me and Bree to get out. Even if it was just to walk around a store, we were still getting out.

4. Bree was a late "walker". She was 16 months old before she actually walked, but I knew all along she could...she just didn't see the need in it. While the Mother In Law (again) swore up and down that something was wrong with her...I knew that you couldn't force a baby/toddler to do anything. They do things on their own timing. While the Mother-In-Law had me taking Bree to a chiropractor to make sure she was developing correctly (which I knew she was), I waited...patiently. And sure enough, one day she got up and just started walking. Perfectly. As though she had been walking all along. Again, my maternal instincts were right, and I knew then that I had to wait on Bree to do things when she was ready.

5. I won't say that I am a perfect Mommy, but I do try hard. Being a Mommy requires more patience than I could have ever imagined having. Sometimes I think about how easy my life would be without a kid, but then I can't imagine my life without Bree. She means the world to me, and for the first time in my life, I know what it is like to love someone unconditionally, just as God loves His children unconditionally. Being a Mommy is one of the most rewarding experiences that anyone could ever imagine having, because at the end of the day, no matter what has happened in the midst of a chaotic day, I know that Bree will love me no matter what; and she knows that I will love her no matter what she does. It's all about love.

So, now that I have shared with you just 5 of the many experiences I have had, that have helped shape me into a theta mom, I ask you to grab this tag and share with me and your readers, your experiences. Make sure you tag others as well, and let's get this train moving!

Becky of In The Trenches
Mrs. M of I've Changed My Name to Mommy
The Crazy Baby Mama
Helene of I'm Living Proof That God Has a Sense of Humor
Chell of Nicely Composed
Our B Life
Jenny of Our Nifty Notebook

I hope you all have a FABULOUS Sunday, and I'll see you back here tomorrow!

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Becky said...

Thanks, Sam:)

I could have written number one myself!

The Crazy Baby Mama said...

thank you for the tag:) i enjoyed reading your experiences, and i'm looking forward to sharing mine.

Theta Mom said...

You are quick! I was on "You Don't Know" and saw your link with this post. AWESOME sistah!!! YOU ARE SUCH A THETA MOM! I loved reading your list, especially #1. You have proven everyone wrong and that was a true, authentic experience! Thanks again for passing the tag along. ;)

MrsM said...

What a great meme-thank you for the tag! Sorry I haven't been around much lately, my independent contract work has really picked up and left me with not a lot of spare time.

I'll definitely do this meme, though mine will probably sound very similar since we come from so similar a place =)

Jenny said...

Thanks for the tag. I'm not sure I can share all I'd like too :)

I have in-law troubles too. My daughter didn't walk until 14 months.

Confessions Of A Working Mom said...

I really enjoyed reading your answers, particularly #3-- I also went out with my daughter a LOT when I was on maternity leave, play dates (even though she couldn't play), lunch dates with my friends, even walks through the mall. I hated being couped up!

I've got something for you on my blog when you get the chance to stop by!


Chell said...

THANKS SAMANTHA! I will blog on this Tuesday over my place :)

I really enjoyed reading this post...we are alike in many ways...
If someone tells me I can't do something, that is when I HAVE to prove them wrong... lol

Menopausal New Mom said...

I loved reading your Theta Mom post! You are definitely a Theta Mom through and through! Hope you will drop by and check mine out too! THanks for sharing!

our b life said...

I love how you shared your experiences with such passion. You are for sure a Theta mom.
Can't wait to share mine, thanks for tagging me.

Helene said...

I loved reading this!! And you definitely showed everyone around you that you are a natural mother! I think it's wonderful that you are comfortable going with your gut instead of listening to unsolicited advice, esp from your MIL. My MIL is like that too, as if I don't have a clue what I'm doing!!! I would love to tell her "Unless you've had 2 sets of twins 2 years apart, step off" but I'd never hear the end of it.

Thanks for the tag! I hope to get to it in the next day or two!

BTW, I'm having a giveaway of a Lullaby CD - stop by and check it out if your little one enjoys soft, soothing music!