Before I was a mom......

One of my dearest friend's whom I've been friends with for 30+years *gasp* sent the following poem to me. Author Unknown.

Before I was a Mom

I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
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. --- not on purpose anyway
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts. --debatable

I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom
I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots. I never looked i
nto 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 them 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 bab
y. I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child. I didn't know that something so s
mall could make me feel so important and happy.

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 wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. I didn't know I
was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mom.

Why did she send this to me? Because I too am a "real" mom. She has a daughter who just turned 16(same age that D and I became BFF) and here I am with two toddler's and just starting my family....crazee. I know but I would not trade it for anything. You're a good friend Diane.