Monday, May 3, 2010

A mother is...

Four and a half years ago, on a sunny day in August, I sat outside a Starbucks patio with my husband - for the last time as a family of two.

Within a few hours, we were at the hospital, welcoming the arrival of our first-born son. That sunny day in August, my life changed in a way I never dreamed possible.

I became a mother. I fell madly, head-over-heels in love with my newborn baby, and experienced the very same feeling - instant love - with the arrival of our second son two years later.

Being a mother means many things to so many people, but to me, being a mother is simply the most amazing experience there is. It is what life is all about. There is no greater joy than hearing your children laughing, watching your children sleeping, or seeing them grow, strong and healthy. I am never fully satisfied unless my boys are happy too. My life has a greater purpose now. I love playing with my children, talking with my children, and reading to my children. I feel fulfilled with the simple things, like seeing them enjoy a meal. (Lord knows the blood, sweat and tears it sometimes takes to feed a toddler!) Loving, supporting, and protecting my children come naturally to me. Roar.

Being a mother is beautiful. Not glamorous, however. It means being extremely tired, never sleeping more than 4 consecutive hours a night, wiping up a lot of poo, stepping on LEGO, losing your patience, getting peed on, having sand thrown in your eyes, getting your hair pulled, having to clean vomit off the floor for the upteenth time, changing sheeets in the middle of the night and fevers at 2 a.m. that result in emergency visits to the hospital - but aside from all that - aside from the never-ending worry, the tiredness, and the 24 hours a day cleaning up?

Being a mother is an awesome thing!

In honour of Mother's Day, I want to know what you think the meaning of a mother is.

Write a post on your blog titled "A mother is...". Once you have written your post on your blog, you can link it up here. (See below!) Leave me a comment (in the comment section below) telling me you're playing along!

(Note: Under "Contest entry" section, just put the post title. Then, under link, your link to your blog post, and of course, don't forget to leave your email address!)

The winner of this contest will receive this really pretty Coach wristlet - perfect for carrying around the essentials like credit card, lip gloss, and business cards to hand out at BlogHer! (Or at the park!)

I look forward to reading all your wonderful posts!




I will pick a winner on Monday, May 10th.


Good Luck!


I'm also having a Melissa and Doug giveaway over on my brand-new review blog, too - check it out! Your chances of winning are excellent!




21 comments:

alabaster cow said...

hi from the TMC! this is just an incredible idea. and you're right - being a mother is the most awesome thing i've done in my life so far and it really has given me a sense of purpose and direction.

glad to be following your blog. your family is gorgeous!

Christine said...

Fun contest! Busy blogging week over here so I'm not sure I'll get to participate, but I'll try. Like you I can't get enough of talking about what it means to be a mother and I really, really enjoy reading what others have to say.

becca said...

I agree with all you've written Loukia! It is the most amazing thing I ever dreamed of doing...

I'll be linking up later in the week!

Melany Gallant said...

Writing a post for this contest was a lot of fun. Thanks for calling us moms out to write about what it means to be a mom.

CaraBee said...

Being a mother is an awesome thing. Gosh, now I've gotta think of what a mother is!

Brittany at Mommy Words said...

Being a mother is fantastic and exhausting and exhilirating. You hit the nail on the head babe. I will try to link up for this one! Awesome post. I too can;t wait for what others have to say!

Carrie said...

I've got my post ready to go up on Thursday :) I'll be sure to link it up then

ModernMom said...

Whew! I have my post ready. I'll be back to linky up:)

Hailey said...

I'd be happy to play along!
Enjoy!

Parent Club said...

Just published my post: http://parentclub.blogspot.com/2010/05/mother-is.html

Lou this is a great topic!

andrea from the fishbowl said...

I'm in! Thanks for hosting such a cool giveaway. Woot!

ModernMom said...

I posted! Nice little typo in my link to your blog:) BUt hey, it`s there:)

Happy Mothers Day.

Fab idea you had here. Thanks for the greast writing prompt!

Nenette AM said...

Oh, I'd love to do this, Loukia, but I just published my annual Share Your Freebie 5 List post!

I'll try to do one over the weekend so I can hit that deadline. :)

xo

K.Thornton said...

What a fun contest! Most fun was reading the other entries after entering mine!

The Baby Head Diarist said...

Great contest idea!

Smart A$$ Mom said...

Lou-I wasn't planning entering your contest, until I came across this short story I found 11 years ago.

Elaine A. said...

Loukia, I know you take mothering SO MUCH to heart and it's one of the reasons I love ya.

I've posted. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy Mother's Day my dear! :)

Jen said...

I saw a couple people post on this and I had to come over and see what was going on. What a great idea. I will have to see if I can come up with something.

CaraBee said...

I'm sort of exempting myself from the contest since I won something from you a while back, but I've tried to link up my post and I keep getting an error. Weird.

Jessica said...

I finally finished it! It's a little different than what you asked, but I thought you would enjoy it anyway.

Thank you for the beautiful post and inspiration!!

Happy Mother's Day, L- I hope it is FABULOUS (you deserve it!) xo

Bizee Mama said...

I'm playing along... so glad I came across your blog!
What a fun idea & great giveaway! I've really enjoyed sharing & reading others...
~Bizee Mama
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