That said, I know a few things that can help you prepare for being a Mom. Patience. Love. And most importantly, having a great Mom in your life to help set the bar high and to help drive you to aim higher and support you when you slip.
I am so lucky to have a beautiful, funny, spunky, (very spunky), smart, quirky and above all else - devoted Mom! There has never been a time in my life where my Mom was not there for me. From morning moments, a gentle ruse she created to wake a not-so-great morning person, to holding countless positions like troop leader, team Mom, tax-driver, seamstress, friend and counselor. My Mom is never more than a phone call away. I am so grateful to have her in my life, not just for me, but for my children. Noah and Cecily adore her. They have a strong bond and I enjoy watching it grow and develop.
My Mom is an inspiration to me. She encourages me to be my best and to always dream big. She is positive in the face of adversity. She looks for the best in others. She finds the good in a bad situation and she remains positive while facing one of her toughest battles yet - her own personal fight with cancer. This past week she had surgery and she is preparing for chemo to start in a few weeks. While this news would be enough to keep many down - my Mom keeps going. I see in her a new strength, a new radiance and a new committment to live life to the fullest. She is tough and rolls with the punches and encourages everyone to "just get on with it..." which is basically her way of saying shut up and do it baby.
Everyone needs a Cecily in their life. We named baby Cecily after my Mom and we are sure she has my Mom's spirit and spunk.
On this Mother's Day we honor my Mom and all the Moms out there who are doing their best to take care of their kiddos. It's not easy being a Mom - but I can't imagine my life without the title MOM.
Onwards and upwards!