Friday, April 27, 2012

The X-Factor of Motherhood

There's nothing like those first few days after you realize you're in love. Euphoria takes over, and even a bit of foolish stupidity on occasion. But it's all in the name of the human dating-committing-mating process.

A young couple then marries and begins to map out what they see as their future together. For some, this includes children. Ah...procreation. Passing on the genes. Extending the family tree. Fatherhood. And Motherhood, which brings on the X-factor of being a mom.

Here's how to know if you (or your significant other) have the X-Factor of Motherhood.

  1. Shower time is cut in half, because you're always in a hurry now. Shaving your legs really isn't that important.
  2. No more manicures. Shorter nails are safer to avoid getting poop, finger paints, or creamy foods like peanut butter crammed under your fingernails.
  3. Late night begins at 8:30 PM instead of 1:00 AM.
  4. Going to the bathroom becomes a family affair. You can't even get 30 seconds free to pee ... ALONE.
  5. You trade in your hot-chick muscle car for the dreaded minivan. 
  6. Your favorite song to sing with the kids has to do with playgrounds and buses instead of beer, partying ALL NIGHT LONG, and hating your parents.
  7. You begin to appreciate your  parents.
  8. Your idea of a hot date is flannel PJs, a good book, while your hubby snores next to you.
  9. Eating out means fast food, while racing the kids to their activities.
  10. My favorite - you learn to be grateful for silence. Ah......
Feel free to add more! Can you relate?

My daughter and I are in a show this weekend, three showings to be exact. Hopefully I can get some photos and video to share with you. I'll probably need Monday to recover, so see you on Tuesday!! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!

29 comments:

  1. Totally relate. Also, your lovely decorated Family Room is taken over by Toys R Us. I've resisted the minivan. :) But #8 made me laugh because it's so true.
    Love it!

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    2. I completely forgot about stepping on little toys!!

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  2. For me, the X factor of fatherhood was realizing that I was completely responsible for another human being's welfare. I was never very good at taking care of myself, but I got my shit together really fast when I realized that. Best thing that's ever happened to me.

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  3. all of these are dead on, but #1 even applies to me today. wake up late, but still want to get the kids to school on time? shaving becomes optional. Thanks for starting my morning with a smile!

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  4. I had to laugh at the first one. That's totally me. Especially in the winter. Why bother? My husband can't complain because he doesn't shave on the weekends.

    I have a minivan because it does a better job keeping the kids separated. But not by much.

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  5. This list is fab! I, too have resisted the minivan, however, I think it's coming down to it. Have a great weekend.

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  6. Oh, you've hit the nail on the head. I can certainly relate. Lol

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  7. *giggling* They are all me. *sigh* Life sure does change with motherhood. Sweats have become my fav clothes to wear. Ha!

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  8. Excellent post and worthy of a Tweet! And wifey too had to trade in her car for a mini-van.

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  9. This is great! And as hard as it is, it's strangely fulfilling. Those little people change our lives in ways we can't understand until they've embedded themselves into our hearts.

    Though the adage "our grandchildren are our reward for having killed our children" is very true. If I'd known the grandkids would be so much I'd have started with them first. =D

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  10. I remember all of these, but my daughters are now grown up and have (almost) grown-up sons of their own, so it's a long time since I experienced these! Thanks for the memories!

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  11. Sheri, I most definitely can relate :-) I used to be a night owl. No more. Everything seems to be more about practicality now rather than glamor. I'm tweeting this, too. It's perfect!

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  12. Those are all so familiar.

    Then there is your new identity. You are now mom, mommy, mama and every other variation of mother.

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  13. Now I know why we decided not to have kids.

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  14. Hahaha! Funny post. My X-Factor is changing as my kids turn into teen and tween. But I remember those days fondly (now that they are over).

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  15. Funny list! I am in the golden age of motherhood. 9 and 13, about to turn 10 and 14. They're sweet and cooperative. All stages have their plusses and minuses. I miss smushy babies, but I love seeing who they're becoming.

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  16. Yes, I can relate. Who needs smooth legs anyway...

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  17. I only had the one so luckily it never got too crazy - but I come from a family of 7 and I'm sometimes surprised my mother survived with her sanity intact. Sometimes I think she is, too :)

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  18. For me the #1 X-Factor of fatherhood was: You can no longer wake up hung over. Seriously, kids and hangovers are lethal. It's bad enough when you have a legitimate flu bug, there is not need to self-inflict this level or torture.

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  19. Had a good laugh at this list...so very true.

    Good post.

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  20. lol, so funny. I don't even have kids and I can relate to many of these points... hmm, not sure what that says about me ;)

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  21. LOL. I never gave up my long nails. They grow too quickly to keep them short. We did get the SUV two months before my daughter was born though. And believe it or not, I stay up later now. That has to do with needing more time to write, though. :) Oh, and silence? That's a magical thing.

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  22. Oh yes, having a kid has allowed me to accept the unacceptable, messy diapers, cleaning up yucky stuff and tons of hugs.

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  23. That's hilarious. Thanks for sharing. Your blog is beautiful by the way.

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    1. Thank you, Jessica. So nice of you to say.

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  24. LOL! I haven't ever had a mini-van. If I had my way I'd be driving a sporty little two door, but instead I'm driving an SUV.

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  25. Great list. This makes me appreciate mothers all the more.

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