Wow. May 10, 2010 was supposed to be the day she arrived. Chris was at work and I was home, swollen and 40 weeks pregnant waiting for the first sign (any sign!) of Ripley’s arrival. I had taken several long walks with the dogs on a hot, sunny 80 degree Georgia day to the point of exhaustion — hoping to induce some signs of labor. Nothing…. the day went by as uneventfully as it had started. Three days later, our baby girl had hit the world and Ripley Carmine Templeman changed our world as we knew it. Fast forward to May 2012 — Not only is this upcoming Sunday, May 13th my Dinky’s 2nd birthday but it’s also Mother’s Day.
Becoming a Mommy was something I had imagined but never could really wrap my mind around. The idea of being responsible for someone else who is so completely dependent on you is mind boggling. But it’s also validating… it’s uplifting, exciting, joyous and new. It’s seeing life experienced once again through a fresh set of eyes, slowing you down and making you pay attention to the little things in a big, rushed world. I feel like a lot of time I get so wrapped up on the doldrums of the everyday that I miss the point of life.
Life is not dollars in a savings account, a big house or a beamer in the driveway. It’s seeing a big smile in the morning, it’s the whines and cries protesting a nap, the pizza sauce that needs to be wiped out of a tiny toddler nose after dinner, the laughter that comes along with tickles and sometimes, it’s the naked toddler butt streaking past you soaking wet fresh out of the tub. Those moments that even when you’re dead tired you can appreciate and find simple happiness. These are the joys that come with being a Mommy. And now that Liam is here, I get this x 2 which makes me twice as lucky.
Also being a Mommy myself makes me appreciate my own Mom (and my Nana) so much more. I can understand completely when my Mom tells me she misses the babies so much when she’s in Niagara Falls. I miss them painfully and I only leave to go to work in the morning. It’s so very true that they say Mothers are the keystone of the family and I’m just figuring out my path and identity as a Mom as Chris and I build our own family together.
So as we approach Sunday — Happy 2nd birthday to my big girl, Ripley Carmine! Happy Mother’s Day and Thank you to my own Mom and Nana for being the best role models a woman could ever have. And lastly THANK YOU, Ripley and Liam for leading me on this journey of self discovery as I try to be the best Mom I can be for you both. I love you so much!