Sometimes I can’t believe it. I’m a mom…of three! I constantly get mistaken for one of my children, but it’s okay. I can’t even remember what my life was like before kids – I thought I was busy then. No way did I ever imagine my busyness to reach these new levels.
Even though I can’t quite remember my life before kids, there are definitely signs that I won’t forget that I have them!
Here are at least 6 ways I can tell I’m a mom:
1. I look forward to my morning commute
Not the actual drive in (oh no no no – I hate traffic), but the time in the car by myself. It can be the best me-time I have all day – to and from work.
I can listen to the radio, I can sing at the top of my lungs, I can talk to myself…yes I do that and I know you do, too. It gives me some time to gather my thoughts for the day, brainstorm and think of new ideas, and even resolve some dilemmas.
2. I have a kids-to-do list and my own personal-to-do list
I have to always write stuff down or I’ll forget. The different to-do lists help me prioritize and organize so I get what’s needed to get done, well…done.
3. My random sayings of the day are from children’s movies
Anybody ever say the following like me?
Just keep swimming, Hey Mr. Grumpykins, or start talking in whale like Dory from Finding Nemo
I’m number one! I’m number one! or But What Would I Wear? – Jim Carrey from The Grinch That Stole Christmas
Must be a South Pole elf – Will Ferrell from Elf
Trust me, I can keep going…
4. When I get home from work my house looks like a tornado came through it
My youngest son is not in school yet so during the school year, while my other two kids are in school, he feels he needs to bring all of his toys out to play in the living room. I think sometimes he just gets lonely in his room playing by himself. His grandmother lets him be the free spirit he is, so by the time I get home from work my living room looks like his room.
5. When I talk on the phone it feels like I’m at a rock concert
My kids are constantly yelling and screaming in the background when I’m on the phone, so I think I always have to talk louder than I have to in order for the person on the other end to hear me. Everyone always asks how many kids are there because it sounds so chaotic.
6. My cubicle looks like my refrigerator door
My kids do artwork and, of course, give it to me to put up at home, at work, wherever. I did explain to them at one point I can’t keep everything and sometimes I must clean up….meaning don’t get upset when I have to put your artwork in the recycle bin sometimes (sorry, it’s true).
But, there are pieces that I do keep and they either end up on the refrigerator, my mother’s house, or on my cubicle wall.
Do any of these things sound familiar to you?