Motherhood is…

Motherhood is middle of the night wake up calls for a glass of water or a fan or a light or a blanket or a bear or a kiss or a band-aid.

Motherhood is making lunch after lunch after lunch after lunch only to find the healthy contents stuffed behind a car-seat.

Motherhood is all of your spending money.

Motherhood is not remembering what it’s like to get a full night’s sleep.

Motherhood is siblings bickering over who can look out of which window and who started it and who you love the most even though you love all of them the same but at the moment you don’t like any of them in the least.

Motherhood is wiping more poop than you ever thought you’d see in your life.

Motherhood is a car so filthy that you are embarrassed to let your own husband see it.

Motherhood is hearing the word “why” at least a hundred times a day and most of the time, not having an answer.

Motherhood is knowing, just from the touch of a forehead, almost exactly what your child’s temperature is.

Motherhood is stretch marks dominating your belly and feet a full size larger than before and sad, deflated boobs.

Motherhood is finally appreciating your own mother.

Motherhood is fantasizing over reaching the bottom of the laundry pile, knowing full well that it’s never going to happen.

Motherhood is singing all the words to your kids favorite songs even though they annoy the hell out of you.

Motherhood is never feeling at peace unless all of your children are with you, under your own roof.

Motherhood is always feeling mildly sick but never being able to wallow in your own misery.

Motherhood is never peeing or showering in peace.

Motherhood is using your sleeves to wipe runny noses and your spit to clean dirty faces.

Motherhood is being able to identify just who is coming down the stairs based solely on the thudding of their feet above you.

Motherhood is not even wanting to say “I told you so” even though you did, countless times.

Motherhood is when, just as you want to curl up into a ball of pure exhaustion and desperation, one of your children suddenly farts or burps or does something spontaneously funny. It’s the moment when you dissolve into a hysterical fit of laughter; the kind that you haven’t had since you and your seventh grade BFF were caught passing notes about which boy in your class you’d most want to be stuck in a closet with. It’s the moment you pause and look at your children, all piled on your bed, breathless and rosy cheeked, and think that the only things that really matter in the world are right there in front of you. They are yours, and they are worth every sacrifice and sleepless night.

And then, it’s the moment, two seconds later, when one of them will accidentally kick the other one on the arm and the other will bite in retaliation and you will wish, for the hundredth time that day, that you could just rewind time and savor that peace and joy for more than an instant.

Rinse and repeat a million times. That’s what motherhood is to me.

Related post: This is What They Don’t Tell You About Motherhood

About the writer


In addition to being the founder of all things Scary Mommy, Jill is also the New York Times bestselling author of Simon and Schuster’s Confessions of A Scary Mommy and Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies)

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Lynn Broering 10 months ago

I am a mother of 7. Oldest in college. Next one in Heaven, (more to come). Next one in college and just became a vegan. Good thing I love her so much. Then came 2 boys. And last but not least 2 more Boys! As I was delivering the last two, I had an embolism (a blood clot that went to my brain — as a result– I have ‘Short-term Memory Loss’. So Wonderful to Be ALIVE, Honestly. Nathan which his name actually means “Gift of God” has been deceased now for 20 years (21 years on Christmas Eve Day) and Lo And Behold not only did I get to “SEE” him but I also got to “TALK TO HIM!” So my point is this, Hug your children as often as they allow and ALWAYS tell them Good Morning!, and Good Night! FOR this is what being a PARENT IS ALL ABOUT=)!!

Pamela Dykstra 12 months ago

…is the discovery of my inner, multiple personalities…being awake at 2:34 am after being woken to lovingly assist my son to go pee, feverishly finishing an overdo consultant report, doing the disheslaundrymoppingthefloor, delisting my okcupid account after receiving two marriage proposals and three invitations into poly relationships over the weekend, when all is want is an effing DATE or how about INTELLIGENT CONVERSATION, reading all the holier than thou spiritual crap people post on facebook, wondering when the hell i will just BE, when there is too much to DO, crying at the contrast between the family photos posted by my friends, and the abyss of single parenting that means I haven’t appeared in a family photo for 4.5 years, and then stealing into my son’s room, gazing at his angelic face in the light of my cell phone, my breath taken away by his beauty…knowing that I have 4 hours and 22 minutes to get myself into a semblance of calm, centred sanity before he wakes…..

Claudia Esperante Biller 12 months ago

Love! So true.

Liz 12 months ago

I said I’d never do the spit clean thing because I hated when my mom did it to me. Did it this week!

Meghan DeMariano 12 months ago

Motherhood forces me to slow down a tad, to stop and enjoy precious little moments with my kids.

Kelly Nesson Dunn 12 months ago

I’m blessed to say my husband, Rad, can identify with many of these too! Thanks for being my partner in this priceless journey

Laura Avendano-Stoecker 12 months ago

Motherhood is so much

Becky Zwyghuizen Garvelink 12 months ago

Michelle, motherhood is trying to take a damn shower and your 2 year old is, at least, nice enough to throw up on you beforehand. Lmao

Nicole Morris George 12 months ago

Made me catch breath

Kelli Fleckenstein Tezanos 12 months ago


Jenny Kruschke 12 months ago

This is perfect.

Nicole 12 months ago

Motherhood is counting the sprinkles on a cupcake. It’s having 5 of your child’s stuffed animal so it’s never lost. It’s taking on one more commitment because no one else will. It’s crying on the first day of school because you now know you don’t have your child to yourself. It’s being scared when your child starts to drive not only because of what can happen but also because it’s one more giant step of independence.

Danielle Curry 12 months ago


René Baumann 12 months ago

True and so much more. Love every single second of it!!!!!

Lisa Venedam-Adler 12 months ago

That is my crazy wonderful life!

Angelica French 12 months ago


Sheri Schmitt 12 months ago

This is my life …. !!!!!

Anna Reardon 12 months ago

Clicked “like” cuz there was no “I f’n LOVE this!” Button :-)

Mamasita Turtle 12 months ago

My thoughts exactly

Tanya Semler 12 months ago

yes well said!!all the above!

Naomi Mahncke 12 months ago


Tara Daly Botka 12 months ago

Yes. This.

Sarah Fritz-Maldonado 12 months ago

Its the reason I’ll never get my sanity back… But I guess that’s fine crazy people are interesting

Amanda Horner George 12 months ago

Perfectly said!

Lindsay Curlett 12 months ago


Beth Nada 12 months ago

The only reason I’m not drunk in a ditch or in jail for murder 😀

Jenn Fuchs 12 months ago

The purest form of love!

Colleen Hildreth 12 months ago

So true❤️..and wouldn’t trade it for anything!!

ohgodkillmenow 2 years ago

Fatherhood is all the aforementioned misery without the modicum of joy.

Julia 2 years ago

I feel slightly guilty that I share lipgloss with my three year old – but not too much!

Liv Monnie 2 years ago


Theresa Timmer 2 years ago

And motherhood is over in almost minute, so enjoy.

caroline 2 years ago

I loved becoming a Grandma, my 4 children blessed me with a total of 11 grandchildren they range in age from 1 – 18! it used to be so gratifying to hear my kids complain to me about something one of theirs had done, when I was able to say with a huge smile,”yeah I remember when you did that”. I thought finally after all these years the universe is in deed just, fair, and balanced ALL IS GOOD!
Now life is becoming sadly familiar. as the first of them has left the nest, to join the military!

caroline 2 years ago

motherhood is watching as your little girl is walked down the isle to a man you are sure wont love her as much as you do, and hoping it wont be too difficult to beat him up if he makes her cry!
Motherhood is holding her together as she sends her first born off to boot camp. and taking her calls in the wee hours of the night because she had a dream he needs her to go get him.

Motherhood is being called before a holiday to recite the ingredients to their favorite childhood foods, then waiting for the next call to talk them through the recipe!

Motherhood is eavesdropping on your four adult children as they bicker over “who gets mom when she gets old” and laughing inside when they become guilt silent upon your entry into the room as you ask “What are you kids bickering about now?”

Motherhood is calling your own mom to apologize for all the times you did not appreciate her and her sacrifice enough.

Motherhood is to be cherished every minute because there will never be another minute like it!!

caroline 2 years ago

you know you are a mother when you say what? every time you hear ANY child”s voice say mom!

Jaime Clark 3 years ago

Motherhood is using the cleansing breaths you learned in lamaze to keep yourself from exploding.

Motherhood is those beautiful moments when out of the blue your child hugs your neck and says “I love you Mommy.’

Motherhood is hearing your 8 year old daughter say “I was really proud of myself today.” And then listening to her explain every detail!

OzMum 3 years ago

OMG! I have just found heard about Scary Mommy, logged in and you made me cry! Such inspiring words and so so true. Thank you so much for making such a wonderful website – I’ll be recommending it to all my friends with kids or soon to be mums.
Keep up the great work and thank you for your words of wisdom Ladies!

Momto3 3 years ago

My middle daughter will yell ” I tootered ” for everyone to hear. And it doesn’t matter where we are. I try not to laugh but sometimes I have to. And she always says excuse me after she’s done laughing. Little ones are awesome. Love Motherhood!!!!!!!

jhan 3 years ago

Love this blog, can relate to most posts even though the “baby” is 24. Especially relate to post on “How To Write A Book”, that’s me to a tee.
Being a mom means all of what everyone else wrote on here but also being driven to the edge of insanity by a stubborn, hard headed yet beautiful and smart 24 year old who’s adventures in dating include a mother’s worst nightmare. Last summer because of this I took up jewelry making instead of other more interesting vices and named the collection after the n’er do well hope-never-in-hell-future-son-in-law to be: The B. Nolden Collection!
Being a mom means seeing the word “Mommie” on same 24 yr. old’s speed dial list and feeling secretly happy.

Rebecca 3 years ago

Motherhood is giving that last kiss when you check on them before you go to bed at night, and they roll over and smile at you. It makes my heart melt.

Jayme Q. 4 years ago

Ohmigosh, yes. This.

Evie Antonis 4 years ago

I’m not the only person in the world who gave up on relaxt showering and peeing when she became a mum…What a relief!!!

Tamara Gomez 4 years ago

Motherhood is watching over your children all night when they are sick, just to make sure they’re still breathing.

Motherhood is being showered with kisses and I love you’s by your children minutes after you’ve been arguing with them.

Jess 4 years ago

That is one of the funniest and true things I’ve ever read!!! My favourites are the car so filthy you’re embarrassed to let your husband see it (check) and never getting to shower or pee in peace (double check). Thanks for making me smile, its been one of those days! xx

Annie Tacon 4 years ago

Sitting here crying! You said it so well!!

Annie Tacon 4 years ago

This struck a chord with me too as my friends said goodbye to their 3yr old boy last thursday, He had Leukemia and fought hard for over a year. They are left with only memories. It certainly brings it home to you when it happens to someone you know…. I will never compalin about my kids again, I am so blessed to have them.

Annie Tacon 4 years ago

My heart breaks for you. I thank you for reminding us in the midst of your pain what gifts our children are. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Annie Tacon 4 years ago

Forgot to add… Motherhood is trying your best as a single mum to be there for your boy only to be told as you take him to the park for a game of footy to “go sit on the ‘Lady Bench’ Mum, Girls don’t play football” :)

mumtotwo 4 years ago

that brought tears to my eyes!! Beautiful!!

mumtotwo 4 years ago

I Love this!!!

Annie Tacon 4 years ago

Motherhood to me is feeling tired and frustrated that they just won’t do as they are asked or they are fighting or asking a million questions that I am totally going to Google cos now i want to know the answer too!! Then just as I am ready to book that one way trip to the bahamas for myself suddenly I am through the day, they are fed, bathed and in clean pyjamas and all warm and snuggly in my lap smelling of soap and good health with their little teeth shining as they smile cheekily and ask for “just one more story K Mummy?” and although I am exhausted and the house STILL looks like a bomb has gone off in it (despite the fact i have been cleaning ALL day) I give in (as they knew i would) and we head off into the lands of fairies and dragons and princes together. Motherhood is hearing my little 4 yr old boy telling me all about how he is going to ask his uncle to build a rocket ship so they can visit their Pop in Heaven (of course they will land on the moon so they can come back to mummy). Motherhood is being worried and frightened by a fall or a fever and wishing it was me instead. Motherhood is wanting to shake another womans child for pushing my precious kids… Motherhood is wanting to shake my precious kids for pushing another child. Motherhood is those little arms that cling around my neck when they are frightened or hurt and no-one but mummy will do.

Jennifer 4 years ago

Wow, such a great statement and pretty much all true for me!

For me motherhood is the most tiring, hardest, unforgiving thing that I’ve ever done, but it’s also the most rewarding. Even though I barely have a chance to savor that reward I love my son more than anything and I can’t imagine a world without him!

Stacy 4 years ago

the most true statement … Having children from 21 to 10..there is total peace when everyone is asleep and safe and one can sleep for a night. And it’s totally unconditional love no matter how much they screw up

Emer 4 years ago

Ah Diane. My heart goes out to you too. What a terrible heartbreak to have to go through. I hope you have lots of people to support you through this and to keep you strong. You can honour your daughter every day of your life by being the person she knew and loved. For what it’s worth, sending hugs your way.

Megan 4 years ago

Oh Diane! Your comment brought instant tears to my eyes. My heart goes out to you. I will say prayers for your healing.

Diane 4 years ago

sometimes, motherhood is living through all mentioned above, and then having to be strong enough to see your daughter at the morgue, just to make it real, then planning her funeral instead of her wedding. And then, somehow, finding a way to honor her life, without losing your mind.

Emer 4 years ago

It’s a tiny sweaty little hand slipping perfectly into yours as you stroll along the street worrying about bills etc and you look down into the most beautiful eyes and a beautiful smile and the worries disappear for now. It’s reading the same story every night for 8 months. It’s singing the same silly songs over and over. It’s covering your walls with a million works of art that mostly consist of a few lines. It’s a little warm body sneaking into bed beside you in the middle of the night and falling asleep in the crook of your arm and waking up the next morning with a kick in the ribs and a bare backside parked right beside your face! It’s dancing like idiots around the kitchen at a moments notice. It’s your heart breaking when you hear “I hate you mammy” because you’re trying to teach them right from wrong. It’s two minutes later when they come crying into the room and say sorry and tell you how much they love you and then tell you that seeing as you’re so good they’ll let you buy them an ice-cream. It’s being there to dish out the cuddles after every fight they’ve had. It’s the magic in the kisses that heal the cuts. It’s the butterfly kisses before bedtime. It’s blowing raspberries on their tummies and even though it drives you crazy having it done to you. It’s listening to them starting to learn an instrument and telling them they sound marvellous even though you don’t think your ears will ever recover from the assault! It’s framing their first school report. It’s rooting through a drawer for something and finding the envelope with their first curl in and sitting on the floor smelling it and feeling it and getting all nostalgic. It’s being their best friend unconditionally. I love my babies (even though one of them is 20 he’s still my baby!)

Emer 4 years ago


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Emer 4 years ago

I’ve got a message for you my dear – you are needed. You’re always needed. I’m 41 years of age and I still need my mammy. Unfortunately she’s with the angels 5 years now but I hope she knew how much she was needed. She certainly knew how much she was loved and appreciated. Ya never stop needing your mammy and your kids never stop needing you.

Emer 4 years ago

I LOOOOVVE that sleepy little voice because that “I love you Mam” is the truest – not said to make you smile or because they don’t want you to be in bad humour with them for not listening for the millionth time – it’s just because they do.

2sondad 4 years ago

You could substitute “Fatherhood” or even better ‘Parenthood” (for Motherhood) for any of the quotes!

Amy 4 years ago

Motherhood is ever-changing. Most of you moms look like you have young ones. I have teenage boys- 19 and 13. The hardest thing for me was the day I realized my children have a life I know nothing about and that’s the way it’s supposed to be. I am shifting from the controller to the observer- watching for when I am needed, waiting to let them make decisions and mistakes. It was scary but now it is very fulfilling. I am seeing the seeds I have sown come to flower in the lives they are building. No, they don’t do everything way I would, but they are turning into amazing young adults. So chins up- sleeping on the floor next the bed, working with those “other” parents at school, reading the same book 149 times- it’s all worth it.

TW 4 years ago

Motherhood is…
Getting called 156,456,789,325 times in a day, and then not at all.
Holding, and bathing, and feeding, and soothing, and disciplining,. and dressing, and explaining, and shopping, and driving, and hugging, and chaperoning…and then letting go.
Is realizing just be patient for a few years, and then it will all start again. The calls, the questions, the late night crying. Only then its your kids about your grandkids, or their broken hearts.
At least thats what my Mom told me.

Vee 4 years ago

Motherhood is have all the virtues I’ve never had. Motherhood makes my mother laugh because she said karma always comes.

Fortuitous Housewife 4 years ago

Motherhood – it’s the best job I never dreamed of!

Evan’s Mommy 4 years ago

“Motherhood is knowing, just from the touch of a forehead, almost exactly what your child’s temperature is.” This is such a weird skill, yet I have TOTALLY mastered it after having a kid.

Lauren @BooPatch 4 years ago

I wandered over to your website from twitter, not quite sure what to expect and I have now laughed (OUT LOUD) and teared up at my desk at work…thank God everyone here is a parent…
Motherhood to me is knowing I am not perfect; but to my two boys I am the world and that means I need to try harder every day.
Motherhood is realizing that everything you say/do/gossip about is being filtered by smaller ears, its my job to raise them to view the world in a good way and find the need to change what they don’t like.
Motherhood is endless questions, researching the questions you can’t answer and embracing a level of honesty you didn’t realize you had. Because you never want to lead them astray.
Motherhood is loving the little ways you embarass them; singing/dancing in the mall; because you look back fondly on all the dorky things your mom did (see above), and appreciate her so much more now.
one more…Motherhood is thinking your children are perfect and everyone elses are weird…

My oldest son asked me the other day if being a parent was worth it…I told him it was the best thing I ever did and the hardest thing. But I wouldn’t trade a moment for anything.

Lisa 4 years ago

Motherhood is a 24 hours duty… nice post!

Lou 4 years ago

Brilliant. Truly brilliant. I’m telling everyone about you…

Janene 4 years ago

All of this is so true! Right now motherhood is waiting for every kid to go to camp at the same time (victory!) and then choking back tears because one called home with a bad case of homesickness. My kids are so like the U2 song lyrics — I can’t live with or without them.

Grace @ Sandier Pastures 4 years ago

Oh that is so nice and true. My mom who has six children, now all grown up always say it – she wakes up one morning and feel lonely that she isn’t that needed anymore!

And it is too late for her to have another baby at 60!!

Me 4 years ago

Motherhood brings opportunities to make new friends (ones you didn’t realize you needed until you found them). The new friends are in the exact life stage that you are living b/c their children are friends with your children and all of the crazy things that go on during the day are shared by both families as the children come home and leak all of the info….and then we laugh together…because it becomes very clear which home the new swear of the day came from.

Karen 4 years ago

Motherhood has taught me the true definition of Love and Fear.

Caroline 4 years ago

Motherhood is an unexpected rush,
a wave of emotions that can turn on a dime.
Motherhood is an adventure
like climbing without a rope.
Motherhood makes me laugh, cry, and roll my eyes,
all in the matter of two minutes.
Motherhood was totally unexpected for me,
but the best thing that has ever happened to me.

Roksi 4 years ago

See, motherhood has the perks of kids and their funny antics (minus the poop). What people should really be better informed about, is how much pregnancy and labour can suck. :p

Until I got pregnant, I had no reason to find out things like – I’m going to pee and poop myself giving birth. EPISIOTOMIES. I mean, someone going with scissors (or a scalpel) at your crotch? Best birth control ever. A nurse is going to spray my crotch with water when I pee after I give birth??? Yeah, no wonder it looks so gloriously easy on television. I think if word got out, the species would be doomed. Also, regarding pregnancy: I did not know it was possible to double in size overnight. (Thank you little girl. Who currently looks like a heirloom tomato according to babycenter).

At least there’s a reward afterwards. And my partner has a lot of experience with poop from our very spiteful dog.

dysfunctional mom 4 years ago

This is why you are Scary Mommy. This is just perfect.

amber 4 years ago

How very true!

Linda (aka: Fearless) 4 years ago

Motherhood to me (so far, with an 8 month old DD) is….

All of the things you mentioned in your original post.. PLUS

Never ending dishes.
Never ending patience.
Walking back and forth and back and forth until your baby falls asleep.
Humming the songs to every show on Tree House TV even when you (finally) get a night out with your pals.
Never fully “letting loose” because you actually care about how you will feel the next morning.
Teaching a man how to be an equal partner (sometimes, yes, they do need to be taught).
Listening to ENDLESS advice from every other mother on the planet, and filtering what you need and don’t need while politely nodding.
Feelings shitty about your stomach 50% of the time and 50% of the time accepting it by telling yourself “that was my baby’s home”.
Not talking to your friends who still party and struggling to find new friends who are productive and positive influences.
Being excited to buy all sorts of new things for your baby and feeling guilty for buying yourself one outfit.
Looking forward to the future but still missing the past (where the peace and quiet resides).
Being excited about poops after 3 days of constipation. (you & the babies)
Getting rid of pets if your kid is allergic.
Making sacrifices every day so that your child can benefit.
Letting go of parts of the old YOU, and embracing the new you.
Having motivation to go outside and play.
Wanting to share the joys with everyone around you (even though no one else really cares.)
Being ditched by your friends because they don’t think you can leave the house (and even if you can’t, an invitation would be nice!!)
Keeping your kid up late because that’s when they’re the snuggliest.
Passing up tickets to your favourite concert so you can afford to take your kid to see Toopy and Binoo live.

Tina @ Life Without Pink 4 years ago

Great list! Motherhood is cherishing the small moments in life; a kiss on the cheek, hearing ‘I love you’, a smile that can lift you up, a hug that you never want to end and the overwhelming feeling watching your child learn something for the very first time.

Tina @ Life Without Pink 4 years ago

Yes so true!

debi9kids 4 years ago

awesomeness Jill!
LOVE this!

Nikki 4 years ago

I absolutely love this post, Jill.

Kristi 4 years ago

Motherhood is wanting them to get older so they can do things on their own, and stop bugging you, but at the same time wanting them to stay adorably small and needing you. At least once every day I want to freeze time and at least once I want to speed it up. I try to enjoy it as much as I can though, because I know as some point they WILL be gone and I will be so sad.

Cutestuff 4 years ago

Motherhood is holding your sick child in your arms, praying and wishing, you could be sick instead of your child and crying over the fact that there is nothing more you can do to make them feel any better.

ninja Mommers 4 years ago

What a fantastically honest post. I wrote one like this a while back! Motherhood to me is Cheerios and Peanut butter in my hair, Sloppy kisses and getting sneezed on often 😛 LOL!

mommy23girls 4 years ago

I wrote that , then tried to remember the last time I actually could get a babysitter or watched a movie that wasn’t animated? Umm , let’s just be thankful for HBO ( Netflicks doesn’t exist here , waaah!)

mommy23girls 4 years ago

a good babysitter is worth every penny!

mommy23girls 4 years ago

Since becoming a mother I have never felt more beautiful, confident, responsible, crazy, happy, fulfilled, joy ,tired, frustration, like my brain was a car running on fumes, like i’ll never see my stomach flat again, like I just don’t care what others think, I KNOW WHO I AM! I am ” mumma” to three beautiful little girls that carry my heart in thier hands and the souls of thier ancestors in thier eyes. I see my husband, mother, mother-in-law, sister and myself in each of them. They are my family and my everything. And honestly I’ve never loved being a woman more than now!

Stef@hauteapplepie 4 years ago

Motherhood is getting to be a kid all over again. How else would I have recently discovered the joy of a waterside?

JourneyBeyondSurvival 4 years ago

Motherhood is all about doing what was formerly deemed impossible. By me.

I was never going to go crazy if my kid were stuck on the bus.
I wasn’t going to fart burp or make crude noises at the table or anywhere else ‘public’.
I wasn’t going to let my child misbehave in public.
I wasn’t going to let my child pick their own clothing.
I wasn’t going to let them eat ‘kid’ food.

In short, my children have taught me to do the impossible. Rejoicing.

MizzMommy 4 years ago

O my God! I’m so choked up after reading that! So true! However, I’m sitting here trying to keep my motherly composure in front of other Mommies and kids at this moonbounce place. Wish I were at some fancy lunch date or at the spa getting a massage…but I’m here, relishing in my motherhood, and I know other moms can’t do this type of thing during the day. I love hanging out with them…to a point. When I reach that point, I HIT THE CONFESSIONAL!! :) Your post made my day, as well as gave me another type of reality check. THANK YOU

Erin I’m Gonna Kill Him 4 years ago

Honestly, Jill, you do these so well. And somehow you manage to add or expound further on the original notions.

I can’t get over how motherhood has changed every single facet of my life. Some for the best, some not.

Goddamn, I’d love to see a movie in the theater though.

Nami 4 years ago

So true.
I so needed it today. Thank you.
Motherhood to me is constant interruption, nothing getting done and all the noise, yet every morning when I wake up, first thing I want to do is to wake up the kids and look at their smiley faces.

vanillasugarblog 4 years ago

i’m not a mommy but i am a wife.
i know being a wife to a grown up 2 year old (at times) is HARD.
i don’t know if i could write all this and be so nice.
you wrote this so nice and neat.
mine would have curse words for real.
that vomit phrase stuff scares me……still

Genni 4 years ago

Motherhood is being able to look at another little person and feel like your heart is going to explode. Sometimes from love, sometimes not…

Ally 4 years ago

Motherhood is catching vomit in your bare hands, even when other people’s vomit makes you vomit.

It’s also a 16 year old who will still share a blanket on the couch with you while watching a movie you’ve both seen five times.

MomEinstein 4 years ago

How true these all are.

Motherhood is…
Trying to put your baby to sleep for hours so you can do things, then only wanting to stare at them once they fall asleep.

Wishing you could have personal space again.

Never eating a hot meal.

TornadoTwos 4 years ago

I think you described it perfectly, love this post! You captured just the right amount of “pulling out your hair” moments with the “melt your heart” moments.

Lindsey 4 years ago


Finally a Mom 4 years ago

Motherhood is a VERB!

Imperfect Mommy of Two! 4 years ago

I can’t believe you can see inside my mind, my home, my life! Everything you said has happened, a million times! Thanks for your candor, humor, and honesty. I DO love it all – from “Mommy Monster”.

Beth 4 years ago

so incredibly true!

The Flying Chalupa 4 years ago

Jill, you are just SO good at this. One of my favorite posts, especially the not being able to wallow in your own misery. Lord, ain’t that the truth. And the sleep – the sleep! – it really all comes down to that, doesn’t it?

michelle 4 years ago

You got it right on…love this post!

Arnebya 4 years ago

Motherhood is —

Sharing the last of your food when you haven’t eaten all day but your child asks for some; reversing stance on something you thought you could never be convinced differently about; sneaking tequila before noon then trying to account for your overly silly mood (which they love, by the way!); knowing that “because I said so” “I’m the adult, you’re the child” or “Do as I say, not as I do” aren’t logical answers to virtually anything (even though they’re usually the first thing to pop in our minds); knowing that life without them would allow you to pee and shower in peace (like Jill’s original post says) but you wouldn’t trade washing your butt in front of them for a life without them. Motherhood is driving to a birthday party two hours away and they’ve all fallen asleep and you realize you have to pee but can’t pull over because there’s no shoulder, traffic is not moving, but there are diapers.

Christina Simon 4 years ago

Great post, very true!!! There were so many things about being a mom that surprised me–and still do!

Jennifer 4 years ago

That is the worst – and that’s what makes my husband and I get nitpicky and short-tempered with each other. I wish I could just ignore it but it’s impossible. So sick of articles that are titled “9 Ways to End Sibling Rivalry – THAT REALLY WORK!”

Christa 4 years ago

Complaining bitterly every time you have to change the crib sheet and then crying uncontrollably when they outgrow the crib.

Rae 4 years ago

Its looking at your child(ren) and wanting to cry because 1- you never knew you could love anyone so much you feel like your heart might burst, and 2- the realization that the people you love this much are making you crazy…

FranceRants 4 years ago

Don’t think I’ve ever visited your blog before today. I think you have captured many of the feelings of motherhood.

….Although no one ever warns the pregnant woman that her feet might grow in size. Ridiculous…

wendy 4 years ago

oh my goodness. my thoughts and prayers to her. i will keep that in my mind today.

Laura 4 years ago

Wendy..your last line brought tears to my eyes…10 days ago my friend said goodnight to her 8 year old daughter for the last time….one of the most precious parts of motherhood is that we do get to do it all over again tomorrow…there are no more tomorrows for my friend and her daughter (her daugther had an incurable brain tumor).

Laura 4 years ago

Motherhood is having a house and yard FULL of screaming and laughing kids (ours + half the neighborhood…last night)…not being able to keep the food coming fast enough, shaking my head in disbelief at the amount of mess they are creating with the water balloon fight (that hubby started!!!) and wondering when “it will all end it tears”….childhood is the most amazing phase of ones life….what a priviledge as a mother to be such an integral part of someones childhood…the good, the bad and the ugly….

From Belgium 4 years ago

Motherhood is discovering sides of yourself you never knew existed.

wendy 4 years ago

oh i love this Jill!

Motherhood is three little faces breathing on you before you even open your eyes.
Motherhood is wondering if your nanny could do a better job raising your children.
Motherhood is feeling more joy and more anger than you thought yourself capable of. often within five minutes of each other.
Motherhood is finally getting the kids to bed after hours of screaming and fighting, sitting down to watching the news, being reminded of the children around the world who will never be as lucky as yours.
Motherhood is wishing you could love and save every child while knowing you barely have energy for your own.
Motherhood is checking on three sleeping children, tears in your eyes, knowing tomorrow we do it all again.

Kelly 4 years ago

Jill, I think this is one of the best pieces you have written. Every singel point is so true…in a real, everyday, how it really is kind of way! This should be the forward to one of those ‘What to expect..” books!!

Stasha 4 years ago

Perfect. Nothing else to add.

kris 4 years ago

Being a mom to me right now to me is knowing that I’m doing the right thing by asking for his moms number to confirm when my 14 year old daughter asks to go to the movies “with a friend.”

Sarah&Noa’sMom 4 years ago

Motherhood is having endless patience :)

Kristin_OPC 4 years ago

Motherhood is giving 110% of yourself and always wondering if it is enough.

Motherhood is peeking in on your children as they sleep and wondering how they got so big.

Motherhood allowing your kids the chance to prove they’re “responsible enough” to go with their friends without a grown -up and holding your breath until they get home.

Brittany {Mommy Words} 4 years ago

Sigh, it has been one of those days. So all this was true. But there was no wonderful laughter tonight. I was really down. Then…

My oldest ran out of her room after bedtime and I almost lost it. She said she needed me. I went up and before I could reprimand her she told me that I was the best mom and that she knew tomorrow would be better. She said she would help. She gave me a bear hug. She melted my heart again.

Thank you for another reminder of why this is the hardest and best job out there.

For me, motherhood is almost everything.

Jennifer 4 years ago

Motherhood is just so, so wonderfully hard and rewarding.

And the one about the car? My husband never understands why my car is so filthy.

Autherine@BoysRising 4 years ago

This post is truly a gem! I wanted to have 5 kids b/c my Mama made it look so easy. Now I know that 3 is a perfect number. So glad that I now fully appreciate my Mama and wish that she was still alive that I could tell her. I love almost everything about being a mom but 3 kids in diapers could really lead a mommy to drink. How much poop can 1 mom handle? Glad that 2 of them have graduated. 1 more to go.

tracy 4 years ago

So wonderful, Jill. xo

Motherhood is remembering how incredible your life was before kids yet never ever wanting that life back.

Michele 4 years ago

Lol, my husband walks around covering his ears and calls it a cootie house because we talk about Everything very openly… how to insert tampons, bras, periods, boys. We have 4 teenage girls and not one is afraid to ask a question!

Unvarnished Mom 4 years ago

Motherhood is inserting a tampon in your teenage daughter’s vagina for the first time, right before she has to take the camp swimming test.

G-mama 4 years ago

Love this and it is so true in so many ways! One of the best parts about being a Mom however, is yet to come for many of you and that is becoming Grandma!! It’s God’s special reward for all of us who make it through motherhood and it is the sweetest!!

Michele 4 years ago

Motherhood is:

worrying everytime your phone rings because your teenager just got her own car
praying everyday that your teenagers make the right decisions
beaming with pride when they perform in the school musical
paying for prom and homecoming and senior pictures……
driving them to look for a job
wondering why you every wanted them to grow up!

I miss my babies but I love it when my 17 year old daughter puts her head on my shoulder and says “I love you, Mommy”. Those words still make it all worthwhile!

A Mommy in the City 4 years ago

This is a great list and describes everything so well. Motherhood is having an automatic alarm clock go off, even on the weekends. Motherhood is an indescribable amount of love and affection.

MaggieIloveart 4 years ago

Motherhood is all consuming,totally blissful and the most glorious state to be in . Absorb every moment and save it in your memory .I would have filled the house with children only my husband had other ideas! Men climb mountains or sail around the globe singlehanded. Women give birth !

mommy gem 4 years ago

Motherhood is the best thing that ever happened into my life.
Motherhood is my favorite mistake that I’d want to repeat over and over again.
Motherhood is looking at your children’s eyes and see all the beautiful things.
Motherhood taught me to appreciate health and life and money.
Motherhood taught me how to love unconditionally.
Motherhood makes me respect all the mother in world especially my own mom.
Motherhood makes me insane sometimes..
but I’d rather have those times because I simply love my life with them! :)
You make a very well explanation of what motherhood is, Jill!

C @ Kid Things 4 years ago

Motherhood is fishing a rubber duckie from a toilet full of pee.

Motherhood is never getting a full ice cream cone.

Motherhood is picking up toys just to pick up the same pile 10 minutes later.

Katy Meyer 4 years ago

It is a 24-7 job that you dislike most days that never ever ends. Enjoy life with them when they are little, this is the easiest most enjoyable part of being a parent. It’s when they get older and you have no control that they truly break you down.

Deirdre 4 years ago

Motherhood is worryhood foreverhood.

cam 4 years ago

motherhood is having a reason for every single thing i do that has very little to do with me. motherhood is LOVE. didn’t know how much I could love one person, stare at one little person – before motherhood. it’s good days, bad days and even on the worst days I’d give my life for you days.

yas 4 years ago

i so wholey agree with you on ALL of what you wrote it is the most exhausting of jobs that is never done yet you’d never give it up, okay sometimes (most of the time) there is not a day that goes by where you wish that you never had them as they do fill up your heart even break it but they are still yours and worthy every thing in life (well to me anyway) as am sure most mum’s will agree

tammy 4 years ago

so true. Being a mam is the most challenging thing I have ever done but also the most rewarding. I never thought I would feel this much love for anyone x

Gigi 4 years ago

This post, and all the comments, are oh-so-true! The true meaning of motherhood is just so all encompassing that it’s hard to capture in words. Despite everything though, motherhood completes me. And makes me want to be a better person so that my son has a good role model for when he’s a parent.

By Word of Mouth Musings 4 years ago

oh Jill, rewind time and savor … oh yes, please!
… a hole in your heart … love these words Lynn, always love me a little fluffy side of Lynn 😉

Kelly 4 years ago

Motherhood is saying “when is your daddy gonna be home” 1,000 times during the day because I haven’t showered and am covered in baby poop, spit up, drool, food and who knows what else…but then not wanting to hand him over when daddy walks in the door because I want just 5 more minutes…no just 10 more minutes….no just like 2 more hours of snuggling…..he can have him tomorrow!

Kay 4 years ago

In spite of all the poop and vomit, the amount of love I feel for sleeping in, and my affection for my little feet, this post made my ovaries dance. Thanks for giving a realistic view of motherhood.

Elizabeth Rago 4 years ago

Motherhood is…
magically turning into a mother bear when you least expect it.
not being afraid or getting sick at the sight of vomit.
falling in love every day.
never knowing what it’s like to sleep in again!

Great post!

Becky 4 years ago

Motherhood is rockin’ a pair of “Mom” jeans while you run to the store at midnight ’cause your child “forgot” something they needed for school 1st thing in the morning. Motherhood is lecturing your 10 yo on the proper age for dating while privately gloating that someone “likes” them. Motherhood is filtering the people who lecture you on how they think you should raise your child (it may take a village, but come on now)…Motherhood should be a paid occupation…

Gayletrini 4 years ago

Motherhood is knowing that at age 90 and possibly on your deathbed being called Mummy and being asked for a hug!
Yup motherhood is forever! If you come to terms with this from the beginning then you can live with the rest

Jack 4 years ago

Hmm. I thought motherhood was being asked why dad is always the hero and never the bad guy. Or why they jump when I say go instead of their usual meandering about when mom says it.

Of course motherhood is also listening to complaints that I don’t do xyz like mom does it and of course when they are hurt they prefer her to me. Use to think that it was lack of boobs but maybe it is more than that. 😉

Megan 4 years ago

Thanks for this…I am now crying at work :)

Motherhood is sitting with your kids in the hospital for weeks at a time and only complaining on confessional because you have to vent somewhere when you haven’t really slept in 10 days…Motherhood is putting a diaper on an 11 month old that doesn’t know the meaning of stay still…Motherhood is tolerating the tantrums, screaming, biting, and clawing from trying to rinse shampoo out of a kids hair…he should have used different shampoo…Motherhood is surviving and hoping that God allows you the grace to do this with peace the rest of your days.

Jessica 4 years ago

Love this! Motherhood is hearing, “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, MOMMY…..” while making dinner then when you turn around in irritation and say, “What?!” She says, “I wuve you!” Motherhood is watching a little piece of yourself walk away everyday to go to his “work”…which is school. Motherhood is recognizing a look you give to people when they say something stupid, in your child’s face and thinking, “Wow, he is just like me.”
It is the hardest, most rewarding job I have ever done.

Loukia 4 years ago

I think I shall blog about this very topic… thanks for the inspiration, Jill!

P.S. See you in a few weeks! :)

Di 4 years ago

“I am in LOVE and I would die for this person, in a heartbeat, no questions asked.” …burst into tears at these words. Beautiful!

Di 4 years ago

Beautifully said!

Wendy 4 years ago

Great list, but if I’ve learned nothing else in my almost 6 years as a mother is that there is no 1 list and no one can ever really tell you what it’s truly like to be a mom because we all have different kids to parent. I’m amazed at how different my two girls are, even though they look so alike. I feel for the woman who feels lied to, but I also feel like no one told me. Because they couldn’t.

Vicarious Chelsea 4 years ago

Yep, all of these and so much more.
Suddenly caring about healthy eating habits.
Being scared to death of bullies, and peer pressure, and unhappiness.
It’s whining and crying and yelling and red faces.
It’s hugs and cuddles and mispronounced “lub you’s.”
It’s the scariest, most beautiful, most obnoxious, most wonderful, never ending adventure.
Great post!

yvonnie 4 years ago

That is so try brought a tear to my eye. realised how luckly i am to have four lovely children. then AGH. MY TODDLER BITE ME. REALITY CHECK….

J 4 years ago

Motherhood has taken all of my sleep. It has made me poor. I gave up all of my goals, dreams and passions for motherhood. Motherhood made me realize anger and regret are luxuries I can not afford. I didn’t ask to be a mother. Rather I decided not to. I decided to be a mother, twice over with the full knowledge I would receive no help from anyone, most particularly their fathers. Motherhood has brought judgement from good people who think I can’t possibly be a good mother on my own.

Motherhood is the best thing I ever did.

Donna 4 years ago

Motherhood is getting to be a kid again.

manda 4 years ago

i like the way u put that it is wonderful to b a mom im potty train my frist set of and it is hard,crazy but so much fun and alot of memeres.

Jen 4 years ago

I love this post.

Motherhood is loving someone so much you would die for them but who also annoys the shit out of you.

Rebecca 4 years ago

Great post!! Rachel from Mommyneedsavacation forwarded me this, thought I’d like it!!! I’m 3 months into this mommyhood deal!! Almost all my friends and all mine and my husband’s siblings have children! I have heard the complaints day in and day out for YEARS now! Plus I nannied a lot in my teens and twenties!! I’m here to say there is NOTHING and NOBODY that could prepare me for motherhood!!!! It’s by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life!!! And I have to agree as much as it pains me to write this… I wouldn’t trade a single second!! One laugh from my baby boy and my day is made!!!! Thanks for the post!!!

Jennifer 4 years ago

Very good! I will be sharing.

Motherhood is a dream come true and a nightmare all at the same time. So many conflicting emotions! It is pride, love and laughter. It is also poop, puke and farts. Most of the time it’s not very pretty, but it sure is beautiful.

Jessica 4 years ago

Oh yes, all of that is motherhood.

Marie Baars 4 years ago

I love this! I am not a mom yet ( but we’re trying!) but I love to read these kinds of things so I can 1) get a bit of a reality check! 2) get even more excited about being a momma!

Love 4 years ago

…knowing that you MIGHT get to wear something white again in 18 years or so.
… knowing that candy is BAD, but the appreciation + sticky sweet toddler sugars is worth more than all the dental work I’ll be paying for later.
…knowing that there in no medicine in the world that can compare to a mother’s arms when they ‘don’t peeel dood’ .
… knowing that YOU know what’s best for your children, in spite of all the ‘experts’ on talk shows who say otherwise (lol)
…knowing that one day, the sound of a toddler having a meltdown in the grocery store, while making you cringe, will result in nostalgia for ‘the good ole days’ when a toddler tantrum seems like heaven compared to the world-ending drama of teenagers.

I love this Jill !

Nic 4 years ago

Motherhood is like trying to herd cats–an impossible task that is a mix of hilarity, joy and unbelievable frustration. Motherhood is something I would never give up, even when I’m exhausted, irked and unshowered.

Marissa 4 years ago

Well said, Jill. Well said.

christy 4 years ago

Beautifully written post Jill. I agree with it all! Motherhood is the best and hardest part of my life!

Juli MacDonald 4 years ago

Thank you I loved this!! Here are a few more:
Motherhood is just about killing myself after stepping on legos, but within the same hour being on my hands and knees searching for the missing lego gun, or sifting through the vacuum bag to find one I might’ve vacuumed up.
-caring about Star Wars at all when I never gave it a thought the first time it came out and when I hate Sci Fi as a rule
-working very hard toward the important goal of them not needing you anymore

Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation 4 years ago

Jill, I LOVE this.

To me, motherhood is snuggles, kisses, kicks, slaps, screams, laughter….all within a 5 minute window. Over and over and over…

I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

the mama bird diaries 4 years ago

Perfectly said! And all so true.

TheMama 4 years ago

Great post…
Motherhood is the hardest, yet most rewarding job there is.

Amy 4 years ago

Motherhood is baby spitup in your freshly washed hair, and not even caring about it!

I’m sitting here on maternity leave with my second son, only 6 days old, and I loved every one of these examples!

Jenn 4 years ago

Motherhood is you child passing gas and them saying “I farted!” and trying to hold back laughter while getting them to say “excuse me”

bea. 4 years ago

so true! No one ever tells you what a dirty job it is to be a mama. Poopy bums, washing dishes and bottles, never ending laundry. REPEAT.

TheJugglingAct 4 years ago

Love this post! Motherhood is loving your child but not always liking their actions. It’s holding them tight and never wanting to let go. It’s annoyance one moment and laughter the next. It’s watching them grow older and more independent as you long to keep them young and innocent. It’s pride and a belief that your child is special, unique and talented. Motherhood is everlasting.

Sheridan 4 years ago

Just for the record….I caught a glimpse of the bottom of my laundry basket last night, 30 mins later my DD threw up all over the bed!
And yes, I rolled my eyes and went “God, no” as it was already 11 pm and now I had a kid to clean up and a made to remake not to mention 2 more loads of laundry…
That paired with the fact that I’ve been so busy I’ve not even showered or brushed my teeth today and my fashion sense has gone from classy pumps and a suit to bleach stained shirts and tracksuit bottoms with tennis shoes, because with Mom is crazy enough to drag around preschoolers on 3 inch heels…not me?!

But then the house goes quiet, and all kids are asleep and you look at all their faces and realize, there isn’t a thing in this world you wouldn’t do.

Remember that first time they place them in your arms after they are born, THAT is when you can truly and honestly say: I am in LOVE and I would die for this person, in a heartbeat, no questions asked.

They take over your life, for sure, only because they will BE your life!

Nikki 4 years ago


Linda 4 years ago

Even when our daughter asks for Daddy to do it, he still sends her to me. He’s even left her in a dirty diaper for up to an hour waiting for me because I do it “better.”

Missy 4 years ago

my little angels..well not so angelic angels are almost all grown up. My youngest is 19 and it isn’t any different now as it was when they were little. Just now they don’t HAVE to listen to you, and don’t HAVE to clean up there messes (even though they should) and you stress a bit more cause you dont know what they are doing out there in the world. So the line in your poem that got me the most was “Motherhood is never feeling at peace unless all of your children are with you, under your own roof.” and now I get to worry about my grandchildren well being on top of my kids. Motherhood never ends…

Lori 4 years ago

Motherhood is never being bored or not entertained. And always having someone to play with. And more eye rolls than you can imagine.

liz* 4 years ago

… am i allowed to admit that this post almost made me cry? in a good way, of course.

rinse and repeat. i wish someone would have told me motherhood was so incredibly worth it… because maybe i would have started this crazy ride sooner!

Theta Mom 4 years ago

LOVE this post. I only wish I was blogging and reading blogs before I joined this sorority.

TheKitchenWitch 4 years ago

“…rinse and repeat a million times…”


Jackie @ MomJovi 4 years ago

LOVE this, especially since I feel like almost every item on it happened to me this weekend.

For now, I’ll two more that also happened to me this morning.

Motherhood is your daughter wiping her blue Toy Story toothpaste on your white shirt just before you head out the door for summer camp/work.

Motherhood is your daughter looking back at you just before you leave at dropoff to loudly yell “I love you Mommy! See you this afternoon!”

Stacey 4 years ago

Great list! Totally made me laugh!

Motherhood is changing a poopy diaper to the obvious chagrin of a two year old who thinks she can do it herself. Motherhood is doing a million school projects with your children. Motherhood is graduating from each grade times however many children you have. Motherhood is watching your children run through sprinklers and drip Popsicles all over your driveway. Motherhood is the smell of a newborn’s head on your chest. Motherhood is awesome!

erin 4 years ago


Lynn MacDonald (All Fooked Up) 4 years ago

Motherhood is everything you never wanted but turns out you absolutely needed. It’s every ounce of patience you have. It’s fleeting and time consuming when it’s there and when it’s gone…it’s a hole in your heart that you wonder how you used to fill.

That’s what it is in my book. I’m still a mom…but no longer defined by it looking for a new definition of myself.

Karin 4 years ago

Motherhood is a sleepy little voice whispering, “I love you, Mommy” just when you’re ready to run for the hills without ever looking back.

Motherhood is the best, hardest, most exhausting, yet inspiring thing you will ever experience.

Nicole 4 years ago

Love this! Motherhood is being able to accept the fact that you’ll never have another day go by that you’re not worried about something, even if it’s something small like red melted ice pop juice trailing all over your house.

Carolyn 4 years ago

An absolutely fabulous and true post!

To me it also includes be a fix-it-all, fix ripped princesses dresses, fix doll heads that have come off, fix teared books….

To my daughter I can fix anything :)

Victoria KP 4 years ago

This is absolutely true and fantastic. I couldn’t have said it any better!

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

That word really does sum it all up perfectly.

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

I love that.

Not a Perfect Mom 4 years ago

my feet are a full two sizes bigger…I am now a sexy 11…
great list, so the truth

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

I know. It’s going to be a long summer.

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

It’s the best thing ever. Truly. Except when it’s not. :) You’ll be GREAT.

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

My children have never once asked for Daddy to change their diapers. I am incredibly jealous.

Scary Mommy 4 years ago

OK, that made me cry. Please go and have another baby. For ME!

Skinny Mom’s Kitchen 4 years ago

Awesome list. I actually thought of this one last night as I sat there exhausted “Motherhood is finally appreciating your own mother”. I don’t know how my mom did it with 4 kids because I can barely survive with 2.

Motherhood for me is pure exhaustion + proudest moments + extreme worrying + wouldn’t trade it for anything + living for 10 minute adult conversations with my husband + who knows what else because I am too tired to think…

sarah 4 years ago

brought tears to my eyes cause right now i’m so exhausted i could break into a thousand pieces, but my lo is slping cuddled up against my side with her little feeties under my thighs. Worth every aching muscle and more

Julie R 4 years ago

Motherhood is how it feels to have part of your heart on the outside of your body. Learning how to be selfless and putting your needs on hold until your kids are grown….and even then, if they need you. Motherhood is being everything to somebody and the reward is their happiness :)

Iva @ This Side of Perfect 4 years ago

Motherhood is permission to act like a dork and not care what anyone else thinks.

Vinobaby 4 years ago


This morning Motherhood is arguing because somehow your 7-yr-old has been potty trained for 5 years but is suddenly missing the toilet and leaving dirty toilet paper on the vanity. Then that same boy showers you with kisses on the way to camp saying, “In the whole wide world no one loves you as much as I do…”


Amy 4 years ago

Motherhood is counting down the SECONDS till bedtime when your little terrors will go to sleep, then peeking in on them once they are asleep and wishing they were awake to cuddle with you.

Dani 4 years ago

Funny, I just posted on the same topic – the reality of motherhood that nobody talks about. I’m glad that others are discussing this reality – especially you with a huge audience – with a dose of humor mixed in.

Eve {Beautiful Spit Up} 4 years ago

I love this list, Jill. I have a similar list I’ve been working on for about two weeks now and I never feel like it describes how awesome and sometimes painful motherhood can be. I’m working on it though. I have 4 friends who are currently expecting their first baby and they’re always asking me about what it’s “really” like. I want them to know it’s good, bad and yes, it can be very ugly too. But overall, it’s amazing and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! …..except maybe a nice long shower and a foot rub….

S Club Mama 4 years ago

Motherhood is almost passing out when you walk into the baby’s room & they’ve pooped in their diaper.
Motherhood is gagging through diapers while you’re pregnant with another child.
Motherhood is holding little heads over toilets while they puke up entire meals. Over and over. And then holding them no matter how much puke is on them – because that’s what they need right then.
Motherhood is battling over food. They say you’ll never win those battles but I win, every time.
Motherhood is an endless rollercoaster of emotions: elated, sad, frustrated, down right angry, annoyed, happy, tearful, nostalgic…
Motherhood is your heart breaking when your 3yo decides to choke on a marble. And it slowly repairs itself when the marble dislodges itself.
Motherhood is terrifying when you lose your child in the store – even for a minute. And in that minute you imagine all the horrible things that could happen. And then he peeks around the corner and laughs.
Motherhood is “snuggle parties” (slumber parties) and movie days, grilled cheese & PBJ for lunch, playdates and dirt piles, sibling rivalry and love. It’s just everything all piled into one wonderful season of your life.

deborah l quinn 4 years ago

Oh so true, particularly about the swiftness w/which those moments of “oh god I love yo so much my heart will explode” evaporate into “jeezuz you freaking monsters stop hitting each other.” You might add the part about being always right and always wrong, frequently (always?) simultaneously…and you didn’t mention sex, lack thereof, due to: sleepus constantly interruptus.
Thanks for this post this morning!

Maria 4 years ago

Motherhood is looking for your favorite pair of wedge heels and finding them in your daughter’s closet……..smh

Tanya 4 years ago

Absolutely perfect! Forwarding this to my preggo friends! Love you Jill!

stephanie 4 years ago

This was so good to read, and so true. I loved the parts about never going to the bathroom in peace and laundry. Lol. But to me its also the 50,000 questions asked by both of mine (no that’s not combined, it 50,000 each.) And trying to remember they are only curious, but wanting so badly to tell them to figure it out! Bedtime lasting 1 1/2 hours during your favorite shows and trying so hard not to yell, “go to f-ing sleep already!” But then, you go and tuck them in and that’s when I have my “my life couldn’t get any better” moment. Because you’re right, they are mine. And I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. They are my world and this is my life.

Jane 4 years ago

Motherhood is wishing you knew all this stuff before hand and appreciate all the stress, drama and tears (mine not theirs) because one day you see a photo of them and realise they are growing up and I am just as frightend for them now as I was then, but for totally different reasons.
My son asked, for a school report, if there was anything I would have done differently in my past, I told him that I wished I had taken the time to enjoy them more rather than worrying about dirty nappies, temper tantrums and a clean house. Motherhood is taking all the grotty stuff along with the good, you just have to take a step back from it sometimes.

Di 4 years ago

Motherhood to me is one word: abundance.
Abundance of exhaustion, worry, lack of sleep, lack of me-time etc. But most importantly, it is abundance of joy, laughter, giggles, hugs, wet sloppy kisses, little fingers patting my shoulder telling me; “Well done!”, a beautiful tiny voice chanting: ‘Mummmmmmy!’ like it’s the most delicious word she’s ever tasted, smooth podgy thighs you want to bite and kiss all day, a hearty belly laugh, a cheeky dance – and finally; acceptance of myself because I know that I am the world for this little person – just the way I am. She doesn’t need me to be taller, prettier, thinner or anything. She just needs me to be there, to hold her when she needs me to, to feed her and to love her.
Motherhood to me is a miracle and a blessing that try to be worthy of everyday – even when I things are NOT so rosy in the harsh light of day (or night).
Motherhood is moaning and complaining about hard it is to be mother but at the same time, knowing in your bones that you would never change it for the world.

mom-mom-mom 4 years ago

Motherhood is watching your children sleep and praying that you’ll have another chance to be a better mom to them the next day.

Amber 4 years ago

You are, simpley brilliant. Keep on Keepin’ on. Because when some of us mothers feel like giving up, your words are there to pull us back up again.

liz 4 years ago

The constant screaming and fighting is what pushes me over the edge some days. Well that, and the fact they act like they don’t hear a word I say.

Damn kids. :)

mominrome 4 years ago


I still don’t know but I will tell you in a couple of days from now…
Your post is half way worrying and inspiring!! ah!

Alison@Mama Wants This 4 years ago

This is great, Jill and oh-so-true.

Motherhood is realizing your limits can be pushed further than you ever imagined. And you’ll still be okay.

Motherhood is happy sighs.

Motherhood is holding sunshine in your arms.

nic @mybottlesup 4 years ago

yes. motherhood is hard. gloriously hard.

Ayu 4 years ago

Motherhood is realizing that you are stronger than you think

Krista 4 years ago

This was great, Jill.

Currently to me, motherhood is laughing instead of crying when the toddler tells you “Daddy do it!” for the 1,345 time this week. Because even though that means she’d rather play outside with him, he’s most likely to get the dirty diaper too.

Life with Kaishon 4 years ago

Motherhood is
better than anything you can ever imagine.
the poop and pee and throw up
that doesn’t even matter.
In the beginning it is overwhelming,
but then,
you wake up one morning, and you aren’t so needed.
It’s a sad feeling.
You will miss it.
I miss all of the little things that used to drive me insane.
In fact, I miss it so much,
I am totally calling Gary and telling him we need another baby THIS INSTANT! : )

MummyinProvence 4 years ago

This is lovely and OH SO TRUE!