We’re not sure there’s any other kind of mum than a tired one, but if you’re having one of those days, the message from this mum will lift you up…
Here’s the thing, I love you.
I love how you don’t even have to open your eyes to roll over in bed and open the blanket to that kid who has bad dreams.
I love how you worry about kindy homework and teach yourself calculus all over again to keep up with your teen. I love how you swing babies up onto hips and prop them on checkout counters or grocery carts or changing tables in desperately-too-small bathroom stalls.
I love how you balance your bags and that car seat carrier, the extra bottle, someone’s baseball helmet, the picnic blanket and still remember to pack the one lovey no one can live without.
I love how you see magic in passing fire trucks and roll down the windows so everyone can wave at the train crossing.
I love how planning a first visit from the tooth fairy keeps you up at night and involves scraping glitter off old Christmas ornaments, or how by tooth number 45 you still manage to finagle some mystery into the quarter that showed up even if it was two days late.
I love how you can keep up a conversation with a friend while simultaneously entertaining two toddlers. How you can pour pretend tea party tea into tiny porcelain cups while pouring out your heart and plans for next year and that farmhouse you just moved into. I love that you don't even notice that Winnie the Pooh is singing in the background because you're so focused on listening to another mama.
I love how you wear macaroni necklaces with the sparkly earrings your husband gave you on your 15th anniversary.
I love how your cubicle at work is decorated with frames made from Popsicle sticks and faces grinning out at you alongside the five goals your team has committed to this quarter.
I love how your car plays equal selections of The Wiggles and The Beatles and you all know all the words to both.
I love how you know who likes the red bowl and who likes the blue bowl and I love that you care about that difference.
I love how even when you're so tired that you've forgotten your fringe is clipped backwards with a Dora bobby pin, you still pause in the doorway to watch them sleep.
I love that you can tell who snores and who snuffles and who will need water at almost midnight exactly every single night.
I love that you know the names of all the superheroes and what each of their super powers is.
I love that you play princess dress up in your wedding dress and a tiny Tinkerbell wand.
I love that you pause to kiss pint-size princes.
I love that you understand how to score an in-home wrestling match and that you aren't afraid to climb into the thick of it. I love that you're undefeated.