It's true that everything that's awesome about being a mom would fill every ocean in the world -- the first time you see your baby would probably fill just one to overflowing all by itself.
It's equally true that some things about being a mom aren't quite so endearing. But because I know how fortunate we are to have such a happy, healthy, smart, funny, beautiful girl* I will limit my list of complaints to the liquid equivalent of a thimble. And in this thimble you would find:
- Weekend wake-up calls when you've been given the clear to sleep in. "Mama! It says eight-oh-eight and that means I want you to get up now!"
- Negotiating... well, everything.
- Debating the fundamental benefits of going poo in the potty.
- Stepping on rocks, dolls, crayons, plastic caps, Hot Wheels, grapes, and all things small.
- Having an audience in the bathroom. Every. Single. Time.
- Donning a bathing suit in public. (ONLY for my daughter. And to everyone at the Jordan Y today, my sincerest apologies.)
- Shiny purple things.
- Time outs.
- Naps refused.
- Pinky Dinky Doo. Worse yet, Lazy Town.
See, it's not a long list. And, I suppose, more than a fair trade.
*Yes, I do know this. I am reminded every, single day -- and I never take it for granted.