What I Know Now

There are many things that motherhood has taught me over the years. Many things I know now. Like…

How to function on only a few hours of sleep.

And how to put on makeup, pack lunches, and make breakfast all at the same time.

I’ve learned how to get nail polish out of the carpet. And out of hair.

I’ve learned about I Spy. And Junie B. Jones. And the Magic Schoolbus. And I’ve learned that I love kids’ books, especially Dr. Suess and E.B. White and Shel Silverstein.

Since becoming a mom, I’ve learned that jumping down the stairs can break bones. I’ve learned how casts are put on, and that when they’re taken off with that little saw, it’s best to cover your son’s ears. And eyes. Especially if he’s only three.

I’ve also learned that Poison Control is a good number to have around, and that some flowers aren’t poisonous when eaten. And I’ve learned that five year olds’ don’t like to have their eyes washed out for fifteen minutes straight when they accidentally spray perfume in them.

I’ve learned to compromise.

And negotiate.

And I’ve also learned that, most of the time, I shouldn’t be compromising and negotiating. Because I’m the mom, right?

Since becoming a mom, I’ve learned the true meaning of priorities. And sacrifice. And I’ve experienced a kind of joy that I never knew existed.

I never knew I could worry this much, either.

Or doubt myself this much.

And I especially never knew I could love this much.

And, really, I think that’s the most important thing I know now.


  1. Holy cow…..the things you know now are great. I know that it’s easy to get sucked into an arguement with a child against your better judgement. I know that I would never allow anyone besides my children to poop, pee and throw up on me. I know that I’ve been refined in more ways than I can imagine, and I know that it’s the greatest blessing of my life! :)

  2. Beautiful post!By the way, how do you get fingernail polish out of carpet? I have a purple splash now being hidden by an area carpet. Help!!!!

  3. Jessica,This may not work for everyone, and it may sound odd, but…let the nailpolish dry, pick out as much of the nail polish as you can, then cut the rest of it carefully off the top layer of the carpet with scizzors. Depends on how big the spill is and what kind of carpet you have,but it’s worked for me because it doesn’t smear it. Hope that helps!

  4. Deb

    Wow, it’s so true! I found your blog through Mom Bloggers Club and I also entered if you want to read what I’ve learned since becoming a mom. =)I really like your blog, BTW! What a great idea…

  5. As a mom, I look at my beautiful child and wonder, “How did we ever create this awesome, intelligent, gorgeous child? Is that really my DNA?” I really enjoy your blog. I have tagged you to participate in a memoir meme. If you want to play, check out my blog!

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