Guest blogger Diana Landen: It's easy to remember all the trials and tribulations of motherhood. No sleep. Diapers. Money that disappears by magic and laundry piles that reproduce themselves. Driving lessons, homework essays, a new mattress -- I wish I could stop thinking about it all. When I stop to think about it, though, the list of wonderful things about being a mother is much longer. I can't possibly list them all, but here are seven things I'm thankful for:
1) Baby memories. The way my daughter scooted around on her behind instead of crawling. The way my son referred to himself as "You," as in, "Pick You up." The time my son stuck a bowl of yogurt on his head and said "hat." The photo of my daughter contemplating her first birthday cake.
2) Philosophical discussions. The day my son figured out that if he could bring people back from the dead, we would have too many people. Trying to relieve my daughter's angst about what to do when one friend doesn't want her to play with her other friends.
3) Mom loot. The hand-stitched stuffed heart on my doorknob. The tissue paper flowers in a jar on my desk. The glow-in-the-dark balsa wood motorboat. The homemade purple scarf I'm hoping to get for Christmas.
4) Imaginary friends. Making friends with "Bear" and "Kook" and "Kiwi Grape." Listening to my children invent a magical land where crazy stuffed animals blow up toilets and fight off Orcs.
5) Learning new things. I never knew how a catapult worked or what a portcullis was for when I was growing up. I didn't even know the difference between a bulldozer and a front-loader. I never learned about lunar rovers or Enigma machines until I had children.
6) Children's books. Reading "Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang" and "The Great Brain" to my son. Meeting Harry Potter
and Captain Underpants
for the first time. Introducing my daughter to Ramona the Pest and Katie John
. Having her introduce me to the Sisters Grimm and Camp Half-Blood. Watching my kids enjoy my old, beat-up comic books.
7) Playing. I get to ride the carousel and row on a lake. I have someone to play Clue and Crazy Eights with. I can buy flower fairies and knights and LEGOs and Build-A-Bear kits. I finally made it to Disneyland.