I'm a Theta Mom

Recently I was tagged by Allison over at Life of a Tater Tot Mom (great blog and awesome design). I am now proud to say that I am a Theta Mom (True, Authentic Mom). In order to accept this I must share 5 experiences that helped shape me into the mom I am today. And let's face it, without those experiences, I probably wouldn't have a blog to begin with.

1. Asthma~ One of the scariest things ever! We've had to battle this ugly thing with GG since she roughly 18 months old. She woke up with a cold and by mid-afternoon she was struggling to breathe. She wouldn't play, she wouldn't eat, and she wasn't talking (and she's always been a talker!!). Thankfully my mom had been through this with my brother and told me exactly what key words to use with the doctor and later at the ER. We spent 4 months going to the doctor twice a month, or more. Different antibiotics because she had ear infections that triggered everything else. Asthma meds, steroids.....none of it pretty. Finally after 4 months she was officially diagnosed and put on a new medicine. This one really put her asthma under control. Now we only have to worry when she gets sick.

2. 2 is better than 1~ Everyone tells you that life changes once you have 2 kids. You never know how true that is until you go through it yourself. Thankfully we never had any jealousy issues to deal with, but we learned a valuable lesson on time management. You also learn that it's easier than you thought to love the 2nd child just as much as you love the 1st. You can't imagine loving someone as much as you love your first baby, but it does happen.

3. Boys vs. Girls~ Again, you don't realize how much of a difference there is until you have one of each. I had been around babies and kids all my life and when GG was born, motherhood came naturally to me. When Little Dude came home, I figured I've been through all of this once. This will be easy peasy lemon squeezy! WRONG!!! He ate well, like his sister, he slept well like his sister....so far so good. Until we hit the wonderful world of The Toddler! That's when I realized that boys have an entirely different way of learning and doing things. She was a talker, he was a mover. She was a listener, he was a do-er.

4. Quitting my job~ best decision EVER!!! For reasons I don't want to go into at the moment (you'll be reading for quite some time if I did), I decided to be a SAHM when Little Dude turned 3. Since then I have been able to go to programs at GG's school without losing money or vacation days, I can go to PTA meetings and actually be able to chip in, I can help with class parties. I have also been teaching Little Dude what he needs to know for big boy school. I now have the freedom to take him to programs that will help him learn even more (I love our library).

5. Why have these made me the mom I am today? I am more in tune to what's going on with my kids. When is sick really sick? Is that cough from a tickle or do we need to pull out the meds? I have learned how to manage my time, and my patience. And to be flexible. Yes, I still yell, sometimes a little too much, but we all have those days. I no longer have the stresses from work (yes, it was
that bad!) to distract me from what my kids need at the moment. I've learned to be creative because what works for one may not necessarily work for the other.

There have been countless experiences over the past 7 years since I've become a mom. That 7 will turn to an 8 in a few days. That will be a huge milestone - we've made in another year, with hopefully many, many more to come. I'm sure I will cry a few tears when I post about that. But the tears and the smiles, the good and the bad, and sometimes the ugly - I wouldn't trade any of that in. Those experiences have made me who I am today.

Now I have to choose 5 other moms to tag. If you've done this before, than do it again. All moms need to take a moment and be proud of who they are and what made them who they are.

Life With 3 Boys & a Little Lady

Things I Can't Say


Keeping Up With the Schultz Family

Adventures of WannaBe SupahMommy

Until Next time...


Allison said...

Great post Evonne! Love it!

Tracie said...

I love your reasons. Even though I have 2 boys, they are very different in many ways.
PS I'm glad you enjoy being a SAHM so much!

Anonymous said...

mothers are gifts from God.

Amy said...

You are such a great Mom. Thanks for the tag. I will get it up very soon...

HeartsMakeFamilies said...

You are a great mom. Love the post.

Please be sure to stop by my blog. I left you an award.

Anti-Supermom said...

What a fabulous, sweet post!

The Princess of Sarcasm said...

Ahhh...I too wondered how on earth would I be able to share the love I had for my first born with my second born. It took me awhile to realize that the love doesn't have to be divided. When you are a mom, it is multiplied.

Theta Mom said...

What an awesome post! My son also has asthma so I know EXACTLY what you mean...motherhood doesn't get more authentic than that! Thanks for playing along, I've been having the BEST time finding new blogs to read!!!