Friday, September 14, 2007

A Tribute

Here’s to all the moms out there. I knew that a baby would mean a lot of work, but now that I have one of my own I have a whole new respect for all of you! It’s not easy adjusting to all the changes of motherhood. I used to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night, now 3-4 seems like a miracle! I used to leisurely enjoy my meals, now I often scarf my food one-handed while bouncing a little bundle in my other arm. I’m quite proud that I’ve learned to quickly load and unload the dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer with one hand. Color and consistency of poop is now a normal topic of conversation around our house, and in every room there’s a pacifier or burp cloth to be found. But you moms know all about this stuff. You know how hard motherhood can be but how one little snuggle or coo from a newborn makes every exhausting moment worthwhile.

And here’s to all the grandmas out there who help their daughters or daughters-in-law with newborns. You sure are appreciated! I have a whole new love and respect for my mom who did her duty raising four kids of her own but now loves helping me with Jodi whenever I need it (especially if she gets to “style” Jodi’s hair!). Doug’s mom has been so wonderful, too. We are so blessed to have both of Jodi’s grandmas living within ten minutes of us.
My sleep-deprived brain is trying to make this blog post writing/publishing related, and all I can think of us is to ask: Who are your favorite mother- or grandmother-figure characters from books? The first one that comes to my mind is Marilla from Anne of Green Gables.

I'll leave you with some more pictures of my sweet little Jodi!

Wearing her hat and going for a walk

Grandma Willett and Grandma Simmons

With Mommy today at a favorite coffee shop


Christine Lynxwiler said...

No need to make your entries writing related right now. :) We love hearing about the baby! I so remember the days when mine were newborn. It feels like you're trapped in the twilight zone where no one is allowed to sleep soundly, but then looking back, it's such a precious (albeit sleep-deprived) time.

The Imaginary Blog said...

Jodi is such a cutie-pie! And you look amazingly put together (HEY! Your hair is combed, which is quite a feat some mommmy-days!).

Post lots and lots of pictures of that little charmer. She truly is gorgeous.


Jill said...

A late but heartfelt congratulations, JoAnne! Your little girl is adorable. It sounds like you're already a pro at the juggling act that motherhood is--doing all kinds of chores with only one hand. It's amazing how much you can still get accomplished even when you're seriously sleep-deprived. I hope for your sake she starts sleeping through the night soon!

Jill J.

Beth Goddard said...

As a mother of four, all I can say is hang in there. Give it three or four months. Then you'll be able to come up for air!


Mary Connealy said...

I walked by a harrassed looking mom in the grocery store last night. Four kids, all really young, in tow and I almost went up to her and said, "I know you might have days when it's hard to believe it, but it really is all worth it. Hang in there."
I figured she might start screaming and have to be restrained so I kept it to myself. :)
I also remember so clearly saying, "I can do EVERYTHING with one hand."
It seemed like peeling potatoes one handed remained beyond me. But that was it.
You looked great, JoAnn and I loved the pictures with the grandmas. You're 'grandmas' look pretty oh...MY AGE.
So that's young, right????

Mary Connealy said...

Oh, and I got to hold a four day old baby today.
So sweet. I just can never remember how tiny they are. And how soft.
God made them this precious to get you through those nights of 3 hour sleeps. :)

Kristy Dykes said...

And darling Jodi has lots of hair to style! She is a beauty. Keep the pics and posts coming.

Marilla is a great character. I recently started re-reading Anne of Green Gables after re-watching Anne of Green Gables.

A few of my other favorites:

Miss Alice in Christy.

Marmie in Little Women.

Laura Ingalls' Ma.

The mothers in Grace Livingston Hill's books.

Cara Putman said...

Oh, I loved Marilla, too. Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books of all times. We pulled out the movie when my niece was here. It was like sitting down with a dear old friend.

Mrs. March from Little Women. Jo from Jo's Boys. Guess I'm on a Louisa May Alcott kick today. :-)