At what point did you realize you were officially a mom?
I’m not talking about the moment your child was born. Yes, of course, that’s when you technically become a mother. But when did you realize that you were acting like a mom – or your own mom to be exact?
My moment came this morning.
My dog, Max, woke me up at 6 a.m. I got up to let him out, and while he was doing his business outside, I checked on Katie. She was sleeping like a rock.
Normally, I would usher him inside and jump back into bed, praying that the beautiful baby in the room next to mine would sleep for just one more hour.
This morning, I unloaded the dishwasher. Then I put in a load of laundry. Then I folded the towels that were in the dryer – I even put them away.
Eventually, I made it back to my room and layed down, but I think it was more because I felt like I should than anything else. As I layed there, proud of myself and this strange burst of domestic motivation that had come upon me this morning, I wondered where it came from.
Then I remembered my mom, early in the morning, while everyone else could barely open their eyes. There she stood in her robe, with a cup of coffee on the dryer as she changed over her second load of laundry so far that day.
It must be a mom thing.