A mom shares her experience of multi-tasking motherhood - being on duty 24 hours a day, tough times, and the sleepy smiles that make it all alright. From a series of Story of M.O.M. stories collected for our exhibition Story of Mum: Mums making an exhibition of ourselves by Christina Douyon for the Museum of Motherhood.
I am a mother of two toddlers. I am on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to feed them, stimulate their minds, keep them clean, guide them, give them structure, love them, and appreciate them.
It's a job that I didn't expect to be as hard as it is. I have far less patience than I thought I had. Yet, I wouldn't trade my family for any other in the world. I love to see my children play together or with their father.
Some days I feel unorganized, too tired, and at a loss, but even at the end of those days, their sleepy smiles make it all better. I am far from perfect, but I look forward to learning every day.
What do you want to say to expecting mothers?
Throw all expectations out the window!
EVERY child is different; every child you will have, every child every other woman has had will be different from the other. Every child grows and develops at their own pace and choosing.
You just keep trying, nurturing, loving, and laughing with them, and everything will be just fine.
This post was collected by the Museum of Motherhood (M.O.M) in New York, partners in our online and touring exhibition Story of Mum: Mums making an exhibition of ourselves. You can add your own I'm a mum and a... photo here.
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