A mom shares her experience of staying home for a year and then working 40 hour weeks to build the best life for her son - Super Hero style. 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.
From the moment I opened my eyes and saw my perfect little boy, something indescribable came over me.
I knew from that moment that it was my job to show this little man a world full of love and happiness. I became his teacher. I stayed home with my son for the first crucial year of his life. I did not want to miss his first smile, his first word, his first step.
It was my job to teach him how to do everything in the world and I started with a kiss. Everyday I would teach my little man how to blow "besitos," and one day, 6 months later, my son and I were watching one of his favorite cartoons and he leaned over all on his own and "open mouth" kissed me right on the cheek. I didn’t really understand what he was doing until he did it 3 times in a row and then I felt the impact... my son just kissed me for the first time.
Soon it was time to get our first home. I became his provider. I became a paralegal at one of the most popular personal injury firms in South Florida. Everyday I take my little man to an academy and I go to work for over 40 hours per week. I handle 150 cases/clients daily. I love my work but I do what I do everyday so my son can have a happy fun life.
The best part of my day is when I go home. I walk into my house and my 3 year old son runs up to me and screams "MOMMY." He throws himself at me to play. We ride bikes, we color, we race cars, we jump, we pretend to be animals, we laugh...
He is ready for bed after dinner is made and he is bathed. He lies down and wants me to cuddle with him and tell him a story.
Finally, when my man is fast asleep, mommy still has to clean and get everything ready for the next day to do it all over again. This mommy does it all.
This mommy wants to make sure that when that little man grows up, he remembers that mommy worked very hard and played just as hard.
I want him to remember running around the house playing Super Hero and Bad Guy. He always wants to be the Super Hero... one day he will remember Mommy as the Super Hero.
What makes being a mom special?
After every exhausting day and night, I tuck my son into bed. He gives me a kiss, a hug, looks into my eyes and says, "Night night Mommy. I love you." If only he knew how I feel every time I hear these six little words.
He is the only one that can tell me these words, he is the only one that can make me feel the meaning of these words, he is my only baby and I am his only Mommy.
I am the only one he will ever say these words to and that’s what makes being a mom so special.
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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