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The Social Security Administration has published their top 10 list (one for males and one for females) just in time for Mother’s Day:

MALES:  Jacob, Michael, Joshua, Ethan, Matthew, Daniel, Christopher, Andrew, Anthony and, finally, William!

FEMALES:  Emily, Emma, Madison, Isabella, Ava, Abigal, Olivia, Hannah, Sophia, and, finally, Samantha.  

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I am not often interested in looking at theses lists other than in pure fun; however, since my daughter and her significant love are having their first baby (and, my first Grandbaby girl) in early July, it brings an added interest this year.  The name they have picked out already for their baby girl isn’t on any of those lists (at least, so far).

You can go to the site and check your own birth year as well.  It can be pretty interesting to see if your own name even made the top 20 back then!! lol….

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As I am thumbing through and reading one of the last few articles in the May 2007 issue of Redbook, “the 5 hardest things about being a mom”, I am thinking to myself, “They have managed to narrow it down to just 5???  How can that be???” 🙂

First sentence reads, “Motherhood is a major learning curve.”  My, my, my.  That certainly is a major understatement.  “One minute you’re pregnant and the next you’re a feeding, swaddling, diapering, soothing machine, an instant expert in basic invant first aid and the art of latching a five-point harness.  At the same time, you’re a way out of your depth, struggling to navigate a stormy sea of new emotions that are unique to moms — from exhilerating pride to nail-biting frustration. … That said, there’s no one right way to cope with any of the five emotionally charged mom obstacles outlined here.  You’ll still break down in tears from time to time (we guarantee it) … “

Mom Challenge #1 — When you don’t like your kid…(this generally occurs in their teen years when they don’t want to be seen with you)

Mom Challenge #2 — Letting Dad parent, too (it does take the Mom and Dad working together to best parent the child)

Mom Challenge #3 — Separation anxiety (yours!) (oh, don’t you know it — when they go to school for the first time, when the slowly spend more time away from home and more time with their friends, etc.)

Mom Challenge #4 — Accepting your child’s failures (I never saw my daughter as having any failures.  She has had made choices that I haven’t agreed with and she has learned from those choices to make better choices along the way.  To me, she is still moving forward with her life and has yet to achieve all her dreams; yet, I know that she will!)

Mom Challenge #5 — Learning to let go (This has to be the hardest to do as they begin to have lives of their own.  You hope and pray that they don’t forget about you as they continue on their journeys.)

“You can’t raise your child in a bubble, but you can make sure she’s in responsible hands.  Once you’ve done all you can to protect her, it’s easier to let go.” (So true, so true.  My daughter has found someone that they share incredible dynamics together, which has made it easier for me to distance myself and be okay-er about the idea of being an “empty nester” than I was initially.   This is an interesting adjustment because my life has been so centered around her for her first twenty years.)

As I have been through the gambit, especially as a single parent for the majority of my daughter’s life,  I have seen the whole spectrum and am presently at the stage of letting go a bit more as she is beginning to start her own family with her significant love. 

I have been through the storms and the joys throughout the years and a cherish them all as they are my memories for a lifetime and she isn’t underfoot any more.

This year is going to be different though.  I am not only her mother, but she will be giving birth to a new bundle of joy in July.  Although the child won’t be born yet on this Mother’s Day,  I feel that it is only right that I surprise her a little this Mother’s Day with a gift of some sort.   Some may not feel that it is appropriate to do so until the child is born such that we can all can see; however, I feel that is a mere technicality and we shall see her soon enough.

They, too, will be able to have the opportunity to experience the gambit of parenthood whether or not they feel that they are ready.  My daughter’s hormones are getting ancy as the birth day arrives for my granddaughter; I can’t be more excited!  I do know that they will make terriffic parents.

This Mother’s Day will be unique indeed and I am so excited in anticipation of this wonderful new tradition that we can carry throughout the raising of their child.

Worldly Inquiring Mind “iWIM” 😀

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