Before I had Elle, I was a first grade teacher. I loved, loved, loved it. Such a fun and rewarding job. At the end of the day all of the moms would stand outside my classroom window and wait for me to open the door to let their little ones out. As much as I loved being in the classroom (I really did...and still miss it at times), a part of me was also envious of all the mommies on the other side of that glass. I wanted to be a mother. As far back as I can remember, I have always yearned for this....even as a little girl I would hold my baby dolls and pretend they were real. I know it is not like this for lots of women but it has always been true for me. Lots of days I feel overwhelmed and feel just warn out from the day in and day out routines of this whole mom business. However, I have actually never felt that what I am doing is in vain or not of importance. Often, I feel like I can't stand to unload that darn dishwasher one more time, or deal with a child's tantrum. It gets old, BUT I do feel blessed that I have always felt in my heart of hearts the importance of my role as a mother. There is NOTHING I would rather be doing in this life than being Elle and Gwen's mom. I whisper in their little ears daily how much I love being their mommy. I want them to not only hear those words but to feel those words in their hearts. It is true and for this blessing, I am so thankful.
I had a wonderful mother's day. I think my very favorite gifts were the ones Elle brought home from preschool. A hand painted picture frame with her cute little face in it and a little book that she filled in the blanks on. And to record it, this is what she said...
My mommy's favorite thing to do is to snuggle me.
My mommy makes dinner for me. She makes good noodles.
My mommy's hair is yellow and her eyes are green.
This is a picture of my mommy and me on Del Mar Street. (one of our little favorite places elle and I visit on our saturday dates).
(The pictures she drew were just priceless and I have already stuck it in her baby book)
Jon was too good to me. He brought home a big bouquet of all white flowers. He said I know you like all the same color flowers and all the same kind with no filler...(I have taught him well). So thoughtful. The necklace I am wearing in the pictures was also a gift from him that he gave me with the cutest card where he traced both of our girls' hands on the inside. With a husband like Jon, my job of being a mom is made much easier. He has always made me feel appreciated and loved. This I am so thankful for.
And on this mother's day, I am officially 7 months pregnant with our third little girl. At my sisters' requests, here are a few pregnancy photos to prove that this weight gain is not in vain. There really is a baby in there...I promise. I am one blessed mama.