It’s been a while since I’ve posted an excerpt from my book, Mommy A to Z: An Encyclopedia of the Joys, Wonders, and Absurdities of Motherhood. But lately I’ve been thinking about the blessings of motherhood — those small, wondrous moments that often get overlooked between frantic sprints to the bus stop and never-ending piles of dishes and laundry. And yet, that wonder is always there, brightening each moment, giving each day texture and warmth. And so, without further ado…
J is for . . . Joy
Motherhood is surreal. Despite your best intentions to be a “cool mom,” it’s often hard to refrain from bursting out with absurdities like “We don’t eat iPhones in this house” or “Get your tiara off the cat.” Yet, despite the numerous moments of frustration and anxiety, motherhood is filled with many more moments of joy. Joy in that first moment you see your newborn’s sleepy little face, or the first time your daughter draws a picture of the two of you holding hands, or that moment you look at your spouse and realize you’re traveling side by side in the greatest adventure of your lives. Pure, exquisite, unbounded joy.
It’s hard to list the joys of motherhood—they are innumerable, vast, and at times overwhelming. However, in my experience, the best moments are often the small ones—those fleeting wonders that might seem insignificant to others, but that sneak up on you and make you realize, in one quick breath, how simple and beautiful love can be. I call them Mommy Moments. Here is a list of some of my most memorable Mommy Moments, which have brought me enough joy to last a lifetime.