Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day

Before I Was A Mom

Before I was a Mom
I made and ate hot meals.
I had unstained clothing.
I had quiet conversations on the phone.
Before I was a Mom
I slept as late as I wanted
And never worried about how late I got into bed.
I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.
Before I was Mom
I cleaned my house each day.
I never tripped over toys or forgot words to lullabies.
Before I was a Mom
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.
Before I was a Mom
I had never been puked on
Pooped on
Spit on
Chewed on
Peed on
Or pinched by tiny fingers
Before I was a Mom
I had complete control of my mind
My thoughts
My body
And my mind.
I slept all night.
Before I was a Mom
I never held down a screaming child
So that doctors could do tests
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby
sleep.
Before I was a Mom
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put it down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
When I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
Could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.
Before I was a Mom
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my
body.
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry
baby.
I didn't know that bond between a Mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
Could make me feel so important.
Before I was a Mom
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
Every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay
I had never known the warmth
The joy
The love
The heartache
The wonderfulment
Or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much before
I was a Mom.

6 comments:

jessi said...

Happy, happy mothers day!! I love that poem!!! you sent it to me last year and I still have it saved...it's waiting a page...LOL!!

hope your day was fabulous!!! and yes, delainey is growing way to fast!!! she and ahillee just moved into a room together...eek!!!!

Stacy said...

have a great mothers day girl and love that peom !!!!

heike said...

How true, I can relate to all of it. Hope you had a fantastic Mother's Day! :)

grover said...

aww that is oh so true..and so sweet! happy mother's day to you!

Kelsey_N said...

Oh Laura, you've made me cry!
Hope your Mother's Day went well.

Sherri said...

Love love this poem Laura - thanks so much for sharing - I hope you have an awesome week!