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I’m somebody’s mama. It boggles the mind. But yes, Mother’s Day v. 2 was still as awesome as it was the first time around last year.

Someone asked me the other day if being a Mom is everything I thought it would be and I can honestly say that it’s been so much more – maybe because I had few expectations (call me clueless) as to what it would be like. Hands down it has been the best experience in my life so far and I wouldn’t trade it for anything, despite the fact that I’m convinced that the age of 2 is trying to kill me slowly and painfully (OMG, the random, instantaneous, and unpredictable mood swings – where, oh where do they come from?). Sadly, my sister tells me that 3 is worse and 4 even more so. I didn’t ask why because I don’t want to know. I can only handle 2, and sometimes not very well at that, right now.

And I know I have real life friends reading my blog who are still probably shaking their heads and saying “WTF…who are you and where did you put A?” since I spent most of my life proclaiming that I didn’t want kids and planned to live childfree. What I really meant, apparently, is that I didn’t particularly want bio kids nor did I want to parent anytime in my 20’s or early 30’s. I shudder to think of me (us) having kids any sooner so our timing (and China’s) really was perfect.

Since we just spent a little over $4k when we sent our dossier to our agency on 5/7/09 for their review, packaging, and forwarding to China, I really didn’t want J to spend any more money on a gift for me. I already have the best Mother’s Day gift ever in Ava so nothing could top that anyway. I knew he wouldn’t let it slip by unnoticed though and he didn’t disappoint.

He let me sleep in a bit (okay, only 30 minutes or so but I’ll take what I can get) before carrying in my baby kid (can’t call her my baby anymore because she tells me NO! when I do it) carrying 2 Mother’s Day cards that she refuses to hand to me and proceeds to open herself. He’s also carrying the gift she made for me at daycare (which I love just as much as I did last year’s gift) despite the fact that it looks like a mugshot.

See:

2009 MD Gift

She finger painted the vase and flower herself (with help, I’m sure) and I was beyond delighted with it. One of the best gifts ever, mugshot or not.

This was last year’s gift which I always meant to post a picture of and never did. Caveat: the frame it was in was much uglier as you can see and I felt no guilt in discarding it since Ava was only 13 months old and clearly had no part in the tacky frame making with push pins and a black sharpie.

I swapped it out and have displayed this in my hallway all year.

Since I now have two items I’m starting a shrine on top of a cabinet. One that Ava can’t reach or even see since she’s totally obsessed with the flower she made and spends an inordinate amount of time trying to procure it no matter where it is. I’m hoping for out of sight, out of mind although that concept no longer works as well as it used to.

I can’t wait to see what next year’s project looks like!

And since we’re talking about Mother’s Day…the last 16 months have certainly made me appreciate my own mom even more than I did before. She’s always been awesome (although maybe I didn’t think so when I was a teenager) but she’s taught me how to be a good mom myself and given me some truly innovative ways on how to control and outsmart a wayward teen girl, which I’m sure will come in handy down the road. What else can I say really? She’s my mom and I love her so I’m going to share (and probably embarrass her with) some old photos.

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My uncle (I think) brought this grass skirt back to my mom from Hawaii (I think). My grandmother thought it was so scandalous that she burned it in the fireplace.

And this is one of my favorite pictures of all times. My mom and her three sisters posing in their bathing suits. Love it!

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