You Know You’re a Mom When…Feb 15, 2013

I’m linking up with Andrea at Good Girl Gone Redneck and Sharing More Moments of Motherhood completing the phrase “You know you’re a mom when….”

Here’s my list this week of “You know you’re a mom when…”

1. You’ve repeated back to your kids the things your mom used to tell you…”Clean your room, it looks like a tornado hit it” or “at least comb your hair before you leave the house”!

2. You use vacation days from work to organize/catch up on housework while kids are at school/daycare…and you’re happy about it. No judging please but it’s a whole lot easier cleaning up when they aren’t right behind me, messing it up! Too bad hubby doesn’t agree this is a great use of “vacation” days.

3. You don’t need a thermometer to tell if your child has a fever. My most reliable method is kissing his forehead, a thermometer is just to confirm. Yep, I’m just like Marie from Everybody Loves Raymond without the bright red lipstick.

4. You can tell by the sound of footsteps, who is doing what and where. Case in point, the oldest is currently sneaking a snack out of the pantry.

5. You decide colors in your house by practicality. Never again will I have a white kitchen with white floors and cabinets. I’m thinking people who designed our everything-is-white-even-the-outside house did NOT have kids or dogs…or maybe lived alone….

6. You also conclude that the architect of your house did not have kids. While having the master bedroom/bathroom near the stairs is useful for when the kids are teenagers and try to sneak out, it is NOT useful when they are young and you’re trying to take a “relaxing” shower and it sounds like elephants are racing up/falling down the stairs.

7. You can no longer sleep in even if the kids are not in the house.

8. You plan trips based on how long it will take in a confined space to get there and what you can do to wear them out once you get to your destination. Relax isn’t necessarily a word in their vocabulary.

9. You buy mutliples of toys to avoid the meltdowns.

10. You’ve learned to pick your battles. You know what I mean…’nuff said.

Click on the button and share your moments of motherhood and the other bloggers who’ve linked up!

How did you know when you were a mom? What have you said to your kids that your mom said to you? I know you get ’em, so share ’em!


  1. That is a great list:) The one thing my mom used to say to me that I just said to my kids last night was “eat your vegetables”. Another good one is “if you come in the house one more time, you are staying in”…LOL! This post brings back memories! New follower from MBC!

    1. What is it about eating vegetables? Somewhere along the way, we learn to eat our veggies and then have to nag the next generation. Sounds like a vicious cycle, maybe there’s hope then when my boys become fathers, they will eat their veggies.

      Lol, I say “if you come in the house one more time” too….all.the.time.

      Thanks for stopping by from MBC Shawna! Looking forward to interacting and learning more about other wonderful bloggers!

  2. Great post

    Choosing your battles for sure. Taking vacation to get things done, definitely, a must but I agree such a waste of a vacation day, lol

    For me, You know you are a mom when:

    You find yourself watching cartoons when they are not home.

    You call your spouse daddy on vacation or on dates

    You find a sock, paci, lip gloss, toys etc in your purse months later and don’t know who put it there

    1. Those are great and so true. I am having a tough time not being overwhelmed right now with house to-dos. I think I could take a year off and then maybe it’d be the way I want it. When Superhubby and I are on a date we compete to see who can go longer without bringing up kids…I usually lose. And I always stash a toy car or something in my purse for emergencies 🙂

  3. Your #3 made me laugh. It’s so true!! I call it the Momma Hand. Momma Hand can just tell if there is a fever. It just CAN!!!
    I loved all of them, though. You are spot on with the entire list!! –Lisa

    1. Thanks Lisa! Back to kissing thermometers last night, close my Superstar’s temp was 100.2 last night but thankfully 99 this morning. Hoping he stays ok at school today, starting to get s stuffy nose. uh oh!

  4. I know I’m a mom when ….
    ….I can’t go to bed until I check on my kids first.
    ….I eat most of my meals cold.
    ….I reheat my tea/ coffee at least once.
    ….I can’t remember the last time I went to the bathroom on my own. 🙂

    1. Good ones Alison…I seriously have to lock the door to get privacy in the bathroom from my youngest son! And warm food, what’s that? By the time I sit down to eat, the boys are done! My dinner plate usually ends up being what my youngest doesn’t eat…but man, it feels good when they eat the food I’ve made! It doesn’t take much to make me happy!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Traci! Glad to know we are in the same boat 🙂 Hope you had a great weekend and are ready for the week ahead!

  5. Ha! I love the staying at home while they are at school. I work from home so it’s a little different, but the idea of completing a task is so rare. It seems like everything is kind of half done — so worth paying for him to have fun at school while I can get my stuff together. I swear I get ten times as much done those days! Stopping by from SITS.

    1. Hi Amy, it is certainly easier to get things done when they are out of the house and I admit I enjoy having the house to myself sometimes. I pay for it whether or not the youngest goes to daycare, so might as well let them go and keep their routine and let me have some breathing room to catch up! I always feel like I’m behind.

      I appreciate you stopping by!

  6. I don’t think it’s a bad use of vacation days at all. 🙂 I have been a stay at home mom so I never had to do that, but I was/am no stranger to cleaning at night after they go to bed and/or while they’re at school.

    I’m a big supporter of the kissing of the forehead. I learned it from my aunt and it has been full proof.

    By the way, thank you for the award. My blog is an award free blog, but I hope you know how much I appreciate you giving it to me. I’ll answer the questions you put forth in the comments, if that’s okay with you.

    1. Thanks Michelle for the reinforcement, of course, I love to actually go away on vacation but sometimes stay-cations are just what I need to catch my breath and recharge, no packing involved! That’s amazing you’d clean when they were in bed, I’m too exhausted to clean after they are in bed but of course now that is my prime sit in bed and blog time.

      You’re very welcome for the award, I’d love to hear your responses to the comments and I appreciate the opportunity to get to know you better.

      Look forward to hearing from you and participating in the next read-a-thon you host! I sTILL have to write my reviews from the Wicked Valentine Read-a-thon, I did the reading just not the writing! Hope you had a great weekend!

    1. Lol, we had two (girl) dogs before the two kids and I know what you mean! They were our babies too. I could also recognize them by their footsteps as well. But they were night and day different in terms of toys, Snowball always wanted the squeaky ball while Pebbles preferred de-fluffing the stuffed dog toys. We had to stop leaving kids stuffed animals in her sight cause of course, she couldn’t tell the difference between her toy and the kids. Thanks for reminding me of that happy memory of our girls.

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