Making Me a Good Mom

I always knew I would be a mother.

After working with high risk youth and running a crisis home I knew I would be a great mom.

I was confident in my plans to parent by enforcing rules, being consistent, and effectively listening.

My love was going to be fierce, I would go to mommy groups, and bake treats during my spare time.

Being a good mother was the one thing I knew I could do.

But becoming a mother wasn’t as seamless of a process as it was supposed to be.

There were days that being consistent, following a routine, and effectively listening seemed laughable compared to the thoughts that were running through my head.

I prayed for God to make me a good mom.

To take the grey cloud that loomed over my heart and my life away so that I could fulfill my role.

The one I believed I could do so well.

Two years ago I brought the most beautiful child into the world.

Two years ago I saw myself in someone else.

Two years ago I began the fight to become the mom I knew I could be.

The mom I am.

Happy Birthday my sweet girl.

You have brought me so much joy.

You have helped me learn more about myself than I could have ever imagined.

You are the bright light in my cloudy days.

And you make me be the mom I always thought I could be.

I love you more than you will ever know.

And I fight for you!

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44 Responses to Making Me a Good Mom
  1. Imperfectmomma
    April 11, 2012 | 7:01 am

    Happy Birthday cutie! I know you know this, but you have an awesome mom!

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:27 pm

      You are a HUGE inspiration to me! Thank you so much.

  2. Jenny
    April 11, 2012 | 7:26 am

    Happy birthing day! What a beautiful post! I teared up. You are a fantastic mom.

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:26 pm

      I’m so flattered that my words touched you.
      thank you.

  3. Alison@Mama Wants This
    April 11, 2012 | 7:28 am

    Happy Birthday to your beautiful girl and happy 2 years to you, Leighann. You are a fab mom.

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:24 pm

      Thank you so much Alison. You are wonderful!

  4. Carrie
    April 11, 2012 | 7:34 am

    Happy Birthday to the cutest little girl (besides my own of course, lol) Ello mum!

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:23 pm

      you’re hilarious.
      I love you

  5. Kristin
    April 11, 2012 | 8:16 am

    Happy birthday day to your house! Hope it’s a great celebration

  6. Robin @ Farewell, Stranger
    April 11, 2012 | 8:30 am

    Two?! How is she two?! I know, it goes so fast.

    Happy birthday to your darling little girl, and congrats on making it so beautifully through two years. You should be proud of what you’ve done.

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:21 pm

      There are some days I don’t remember.
      There are some moments I wish I could do over.
      But I am forever grateful for that child.
      You, my friend, have helped me get to this point and I will always be thankful for you.

  7. Julie
    April 11, 2012 | 9:11 am

    Happy Birthday darling girl!

    I love the picture of you all pregnant. Love it.

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:21 pm

      Thank you! And I love the new avi. You are GORGEOUS!

  8. Kir
    April 11, 2012 | 9:12 am

    that was just beautiful!!! WOW, how can she be 2 already!!!??? She is so beautiful and so are you! Happy BIRTH day to one of my favorite Mummas!!!! xoxoo

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:20 pm

      thank you so much Kir. You are one truly amazing woman! You inspire me.

  9. Jordan
    April 11, 2012 | 9:23 am

    Happy 2nd Birthday to your little one:) I can’t believe how fast time is going!! Loved your post:) As always your words take me right to your side. Your doing a great job as a mom!

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:19 pm

      Your comments always make me weepy. You are such a great friend to me and are someone I can turn to whenever I need encouragement. thank you for being genuine and real.

  10. Leigh Ann
    April 11, 2012 | 11:55 am

    Happy birthday, S! I’ve so enjoyed watching you grow up through this blog. You have an awesome mom who has fought like hell to be the best she can and loves you more than you know. gzive her a big hug and a high five for me — she deserves it. Have a wonderful day!

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:18 pm

      There are no words for how much I love you and how thankful I am for your friendship and support.
      Thank you my friend.

  11. Jessica
    April 11, 2012 | 12:19 pm

    This is such a sweet tribute! You are a fighter and your daughter will forever be grateful for that. Happy Birthday sweet girl! I can’t believe she’s 2 already!

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:18 pm

      I know! Where did the time go?
      I know I missed some of it being a PPD ninja.

  12. katery
    April 11, 2012 | 12:43 pm

    happy birthday to your little girl! there is really no way to prepare someone for the challenges that come with being a mother, it is HARD stuff.

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:17 pm

      You are so right. It’s freakin’ hard! Add on PPD and sometimes it feels impossible.

  13. Amber
    April 11, 2012 | 1:51 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE ONE!!!!! This was a beautiful post.

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:15 pm

      Thank you my friend!! xoxoxoxooxxo

  14. Life As Wife
    April 11, 2012 | 2:14 pm

    I love how children just make us better! Mine? Has made me nicer, more patient and less bitchy!

    Happy birthday to little miss!

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:14 pm

      She makes me grateful for the smallest things!
      You’re right.. they make us better.

  15. Galit Breen
    April 11, 2012 | 3:21 pm

    Stunning – both of you.

    (Happy birthday to your sweet girl and happy Birth Day to you, my sweet friend!)

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:14 pm

      We really should celebrate the BIRTH day more often!! It’s a badge of honour!!

  16. JDaniel4's Mom
    April 12, 2012 | 1:29 pm

    With you by her side she will conquer mountains!

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:12 pm

      What a wonderful comment! thank you so much.

  17. Gramma
    April 12, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    Your message is very touching and pulls at my heartstrings. Happy Birthday to our beautiful granddaughter and see you soon.

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:12 pm

      Thanks mom! xoxoxo

  18. Paulette
    April 12, 2012 | 1:54 pm

    Happy Birthday! It’s sometimes a bumpy ride but it’s so great a journey we don’t really notice the bumps later on.

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:11 pm

      OH Lord I hope you’re right!

  19. Jenn@Fox in the City
    April 12, 2012 | 2:38 pm

    Awe, I love this post. Happy Birthday Little Miss S!

  20. Coffee Lovin' Mom
    April 12, 2012 | 4:39 pm

    Beautiful! You are a great mom darlin’! Happiest of days to you and your family.

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:10 pm

      Thank you sweet friend!

  21. Lindsay
    April 12, 2012 | 8:37 pm


  22. Kimberly
    April 13, 2012 | 10:15 am

    she is so lucky to have such a wonderful mom. she really is.
    Happy birthday sweet one.

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:08 pm

      I follow your lead.

  23. Miss Marina Star
    April 14, 2012 | 9:46 am

    Such a lovely post to an adorable little girl. She is absolutely worth fighting for.

    • multitaskingmumma
      April 14, 2012 | 10:04 pm

      Thank you Marina! I miss you xoxoxoxox

  24. Jessica
    April 15, 2012 | 9:49 pm

    You are a great mom and she is lucky to have you fighting for her.

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