My journey as a Mama has been an eventful one. Sometimes it’s been really hard and I wanted anything to take it all back, and sometimes it’s been really wonderful and I couldn’t get enough. There are good days and bad days, and all sorts of days in between. And tomorrow I’m starting a series where every few days Mamas of all walks of life will share their thoughts, experiences, and journey….their stories. It’s called Mamahood Exposed.
I was tired of reading all the Mama bloggers out there who always have such wonderful things to say. They seem to have the perfect lives: they have angelic children, make gourmet cupcakes, run a business, have the perfect marriage, fly, leap tall buildings in a single bound and do it all without a hair out of place. It made me wonder what was I doing wrong? How could I suck this much at it? I love my baby but what the heck is this secret that these women have? Then I realized it’s not a secret, it’s editing.
They just don’t mention the crappy parts like the time you’re crying in the shower because you’re just overwhelmed by it all, or the time you wonder how long it’s legal to ignore your crying baby in a crib ’cause you just want some more sleep this time, or the stresses in any relationship caused by the massive responsibility of parenting. No one talks about that. They just blog about the delicious roast chicken that night, not the fact that the roast chicken ended up being thrown on the floor by a frustrated mama or frustrated toddler – take your pick.
So here’s a a series from open, honest and vulnerable women. Women who are amazing mothers, and amazing people, and who sometimes suck at it too. Because the truth is no one gets it right all the time, and the sooner we say it’s okay to have days that suck, and it’s okay to cry, and it’s okay to get it wrong, the better we’ll all be.
Some of the stories are light and some are heavy, that’s just the way the cookie crumbles, but all are honest, all give you a glimpse into the woman, and all are unique. I hope you enjoy it.
To the women who have contributed, and who continue to contribute, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for trusting me with your story.
You amaze me.
Karishma GandhiJanuary 10, 2012
You are so right! Now this was a great morning inspiration Joanna! Love this blog post totally! Excellent write up! People generally portray all the good things in life…but that really doesnt mean they are living a perfect life! LOVE the way you have framed it! xoxo
HannaJanuary 10, 2012
wonderful. I'm so excited to take part. I love your honesty here. There are so many days I feelike tearing my eyeballs out. LOL kids….they'll do it to you:)
Kristine Foley @ TheFoleyFamJanuary 10, 2012
SO true!! Excited for this series! Bring on the "real" mommas 🙂
DiamondsandTulleJanuary 10, 2012
I'm not a mom yet, but I know what you mean about those seemingly superwomen moms out there! I look forward to this series so I can have something to relate to someday!
xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com
JulieJanuary 10, 2012
I am so excited for this series! I run with being too honest at times and than get looked at like I am a horrible person because I can't do it all. I am so glad that you are addressing the reality of motherhood and marriage.
P.S. Beautiful picture of your little family.
Rachel KaylynnJanuary 10, 2012
What a great series idea, I'm looking forward to reading more.
AbsoluteMommyJanuary 11, 2012
Now this is my kind of mammahood! I'm so down. And I'll share too if you want. Being a mom is the hardest job I've ever had. I didn't even interview! Ive written time again and again: I wasn't built for motherhood. It built me. It's a work in progress.
Can't wait to follow!