Back in the summer, I wrote a guest post for Scary Mommy about the 10 moments I’m dreading as a mom (which has almost 10,000 shares on Facebook and was tweeted more than 500 times! How crazy is that!?!).
For those who have read it, you’ll see it’s a little more, hmmm, colorful than my posts usually are (and, actually, is pretty much in line with my raunchy sense of humor). I got some hysterical feedback on that post (along with some awesome ideas, like teaching your 10-year-old son to do his own laundry well in advance of the teenage years. Genius, I tell you!).
But I admit, it got me thinking. Sure, these are some of the cringe-worthy moments I’m fearing as a mom, but what about those other moments? The more sappy or bittersweet milestones that you know are inevitable … but also have you reaching for the nearest box of Kleenex?
So, of course, I made a list.
Here are 10 of those sentimental, crying-but-smiling moments that might break this mama’s heart:
1. The first time either of my kids has their heart broken for the first time or gets rejected by a boy or girl they really like.
2. The moment either of my kids starts calling me Mom instead of Mama and stops needing, or wanting, to hold my hand.
3. Packing up the crib, changing table and the other baby gear. Because I know it’s for the last time. Same goes for all the toys, the old baby board books, etc. [OK, I need a tissue. This one always gets me.]
4. The first time my kids are embarrassed by me and demand I drop them off a block away from the movie theater, God forbid they be seen with me. Which leads me to …
5. When they have absolutely no interest in spending time with me.
6. When my youngest stops believing in Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, etc. and decides that Halloween is no longer “cool.”
7. Knowing it’s time to let go a bit and give my kids some independence … and trust that they are making good decisions. I think about this every time I see a group of 14-year-old boys walking around town by themselves.
8. I’m a cuddler, and I know my window for cuddling opportunities is getting smaller and smaller every day.
9. When I tell my kiddos, “I love you,” and I get a muffled grunt — or a look of disdain — in return.
10. And here’s a doozy: Dropping my kids off at college. I might need a tranquilizer.
Okay, where are those tissues? Seriously. I need them.
But with all this being said, there is something pretty incredible about watching your kids grow and mature into the amazing people they’re meant to be. I just wish we could bottle some of these moments and file them away for those days when you’re aching to remember the sweet scent of your newborn’s head or the feeling of your daughter’s hand curled up in yours or the way your toddler used to say, “I wuv you.”
What sentimental moments are on your list?