Friday, January 7, 2011

I'm Glad It's Me

I have about a gazillion reasons why I think being a stay at home mom is amazing.  If you know me at all, you know by now that I fit the "stay at home mom" position quite well, & that I absolutely love what I do!  Of course there are the obvious reasons why I love being home all day with my little one: all of the smiles I reap throughout the day, being able to take time out of my day to play hide & seek & build forts, getting to rock together in our big comfy rocking chair, reading books before nap time, turning children's music cd's up loud while we dance & sing to them, making buggies out of laundry baskets...I could go on & on!  I am so thankful to be able to spend these precious days that are going by so very quickly with the little guy in my life & I cannot bear the thought of missing out on one bit of the fun that we have each day!

But today, I found myself being thankful for my role as "stay at home mom" for an entirely different reason...

As you know, Jett has been battling a stomach bug.  Well turns out, after a trip to the doctor, we found out that this stomach bug can linger for up to two weeks!  Yuck!  We've already put in a solid week, & let me tell ya, it ain't pretty! So the thought of another whole week of this is devastating, to say the least!  But nevertheless, we keep truckin' on.  So today when diaper blowout 1, 457 occurred {because there isn't a diaper on the market that can hold in what this little boy is putting out}, I proceeded with the normal drill--strip, bathe, sanitize, & rinse clothing.  Oh, & wait a few hours to repeat the whole process.  I'm pretty sure that if I hit the SANITIZE button on my washing machine one more time, it is surely going to fall off!

So as Jett was taking his after the blowout bath, babbling & playing away, I sat there watching him, & couldn't help but feel thankful for moments like these as well.  Sure, there are a million things I'd rather be doing than cleaning poop off of my child & everything he came into contact with.  But just as I am glad that it's ME that gets to have all of those fun little moments throughout the day with him, I'm also glad that's it's ME that who takes care of the not-so-fun moments too.  I always want to be the one who deals with the meltdowns, the one who kisses each little boo boo away, the one who gets the push toy that is stuck against the wall back on track for the hundredth time in a single day.  The bottom line, is that I want to be here for it all--the super fun days, along with the super stressful. Because when it comes right down to it, I know that there isn't a single person in the world who can love my little boy as much as his daddy & I do.  I know there is not anyone who can do a better job at taking care of him than we do.  I know there isn't anyone in the world who will clean up the messes of my little boy's life with as much love & thankfulness that I do.  I believe there are wonderful people out there who take care of children & do a marvelous job at it, but at the end of the day, those people aren't  ME.  And I want it to always be me.

I am so very thankful for my role as a stay at home mom, & though it isn't always pretty, it's perfect to me.  I know that right here, right now, I am exactly where I am supposed to be in this life.  And even on stinky, messy, yucky blowout days, there is nowhere in the world I would rather be!

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