(photo taken on Easter Sunday at my inlaws' farm in Southern Minnesota)
My new blogosphere BFF Stephanie Howell recently posted her own obsessions list and challenged me to do the same. Because she is adorable I decided to accept the challenge.
Though I don't know Stephanie all that well just yet, from what I can tell she is a) adorable, b) smart and c) younger than me with much smaller children.
I didn't blog when my kids were little, but I have to think that it must be a mental lifesaver for those raising younger children. Because as you well know, it ain't always moonlight and roses down there in the motherhood trenches.
I've been reflecting a lot lately on how all of a sudden life moves into these different phases. One minute, you're loading up snack bags with Goldfish and wrestling with an unwieldy Pack 'n Play, and the next you're explaining why texting after 10 p.m. just isn't a good idea for anyone involved.
With that, I present my own list of confessions with a motherhood slant.
1. I'm not really the color you see in the photo above.
2. I would not want to go back to raising younger children for all the tea in china.
3. I used to think that it was no big deal if my kids didn't eat well balanced diets because I didn't and look how I turned out. I've since changed my tune.
4. I never planned on having children. I just turned 30 and a bizarre urge took over. Three months later, I was pregnant with Aidan.
5. Childbirth was one of the most singularly transforming experiences of my life and I would do it again tomorrow.
6. I might ask for an epidural much sooner, however.
7. I think Aidan is the most photogenic girl on the planet.
8. I've done a lot of things decidedly opposite of how I was raised. I'm hoping it doesn't come back to bite me in the ass.
9. I fear something bad happening to my kids on a regular basis.
10. I'm proud of the music my kids listen to and secretly feel it's a reflection of my excellent parenting skills.
11. Almost everything about parenthood has felt like a pleasant surprise.
12. I really wanted to have a third child when Cole was about a year old, and Dan kept saying, "Let's watch." We watched until he turned 40 and now it is medically impossible to make Baby No. 3.
13. I rarely if ever volunteer to chaperone school field trips because being around that many kids at one time isn't my idea of a good time.
14. I think teachers are grossly underpaid.
15. I hope my kids don't ever move too far away from home, even though that is exactly what I did.
16. I am going to miss them desperately when they move out but won't think twice about converting one of their bedrooms to a craft room.
Herein ends my list of confessions. Try making one of your own to blog, or document in some other way. You know, like maybe on a scrapbook page or something crazy like that. You might find your confessions are a really great story to save.