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As if being a mom wasn't challenging enough, we've got more to worry about these days. Between the recession, going "green," wood tick and mosquito season, and now swine flu, sometimes it's hard finding something to smile about. But then again, Mother's Day is just around the corner!

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In honor of Mother's Day, I thought I'd share the following list. You've likely read some of them before. I've tweaked a few; added some of my own. They may bring a smile to your face.

You know you're a mom when ...

• You signed a check with a crayon.

• "No" is the most used word in your vocabulary.

• You wipe other kids' noses.

• You leave for a date with your husband carrying the diaper bag instead of your purse.

• You've paid for your groceries and you're heading out the door when you realize one of your kids has lost a shoe somewhere in the store.

• You can recite "Green Eggs and Ham" by heart.

• You forgot your mother-in-law's first name because you now only refer to her as "Grandma."

• You arrange your travel itinerary based on McDonald's Playland locations.

• You consider the person who invented the Sippy Cup a genius.

• You justify every excessive crying spell as teething.

• You cut yourself and don't care if you are seen in public with a Barbie band-aid.

• You can't bear to give away baby clothes - it's so final. (That's another column!)

• You catch yourself telling your husband, "Now say thank you."

• You've shared a 10-minute conversation about your baby with a complete stranger at the grocery store.

• You have a different attitude toward Legos -- especially when it's 2 a.m., the dog is barking and you're barefoot. Ouch!

• You own the entire Little Einsteins DVD collection.

• Your coat pocket contains packages of Goldfish crackers, hand sanitizer, Kleenexes and a pacifier.

• You sing the "Rubber Duckie" song in the shower.

• You dressed your baby in whatever is on top of the clean laundry pile.

• "Whine" takes on a whole new meaning; it's no longer simply red or white.

• Without thinking, you tell your co-workers you're going on a bathroom break by saying, "I need to go potty."

• You can't wait to hug your kids after you see or hear something troubling on the news.

• You see your parents in a whole new light.

• You consider parenting to be the best job in the world.

Here's hoping all mothers of children (and pets) have a relaxing and restful Mother's Day because Lord knows we've got enough to worry about! That reminds me, I've got to buy mosquito repellent and Goldfish crackers. Happy Mother's Day!

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