Monday, April 6, 2009

WHY I LOVE BEING A MOM - MEME

So, David Wescott informed me of a new Meme started by the Bad Lady herself, Catherine (one of the first mommy blogs I ever read). The goal is to get as many mothers from all over the world talking about what they love about motherhood and today's my turn.

Ahem...
  1. I love answering the imponderable questions posed by my overly curious kids. "Mommy, why is the sky blue?" (had to go back to my science class days to answer that one) or "How do ducks talk to each other" or "Where do butterflies come from" (which has sparked a children's book that I am trying to complete). These questions force me to get smarter if I'm going to have a chance of keeping up with my 3 musketeers, The Enforcer (TE), The King (TK) and Bomboy.
  2. I love the opportunity to be a kid right along with them! From crawling competitions (which I never ever win), to snowball fights (I won the last one, yipee!), to going down the slide at the playground (all you Nigerians are calling me an 'agbaya'[1] arent you? *sticks out tongue*) to swinging away on the swings with glee or blowing bubbles on their tummies - you remember the wonderful things that can give you happiness in their simplicity when you have or hang out with kids and I love it!
  3. I love the fact that in addition to Husband, I have 3 other people who tell me "I love you" everyday! Yes, call me vain, but I LOVE IT! Especially when I am working very hard on projects, they (my entire family) have a way of encouraging me to work harder and I appreciate it greatly (okay kids, you all get a special treat today, you too hubby, lol!)
  4. I love the fact that I have joined that incredibly dramatic and loving club of Nigerian/African mothers. Yes, I must admit, even though I claimed that the dramatics skipped a generation, I am just as dramatic as my mom and many Nigerian mothers. We cluck over how skinny children look (even though I was a serious okpelenge[2] growing up) and force food down people's throats. lol! We don't take 'nonsense' (for evidence, see here) but show love constantly.
  5. And, I love the fact that I already am a 'grandmother'! Yes, TE has declared that she is a mommy to her hippo (actually belonged to TK, but that is another story), her toy monkey and her new Shih Tzu which came with a carrying bag, a comb, a magic wand and dog cookie (Minia, Husband is still rolling his eyes at that present, lol!). What better way to get ready for 'granny-hood' that to 'toy-sit' her 'babies?
What can I say, motherhood is tough but wonderful and thankfully, I can see the ...Easier... side of things and am loving it! I hereby 'tag' Jola Naibi, Folake, Chioma, Nyemoni, Lady A, Mommy, Simi Speaks, Jaybabe and KemiMamaLopes. You can find all the other mommies from around the world particpating in the meme at http://delicious.com/80clicks

Oh, and TK insisted that his Teddy Bear make an appearance, as well, something about "...computer friends." So, here is a pic of TK (well, his oatmeal covered face, anyway) and his 'Teddy'.

[1] - 'Agbaya' is a Yoruba word (my father's language) for a big kid.
[2] - 'Okpelenge' is a Yoruba word for a super skinny person.


Check out how the Associated Press described Lagos this time.

31 comments:

wordmerchant said...

1st!!!!

Remi, United Kingdom said...

2ndddddddddddddddddddd yes, I'm close, I'm close.... see u got me blog stalking now eh?! meen the doodoo pictures and potty training nah wah oh...

God please prepare me oh...

Hope you had a good weekend. Have an awesome favour filled week.

Much Love. x

wordmerchant said...

this is what did it for me " I love the fact that in addition to Husband, I have 3 other people who tell me "I love you" everyday!"

that is truely wonderfull, nothing prepares anyone for parenthood, you are a natural mumsy.

and your kids are foineee to top it all. That teddy is looking well fed oo! lol

O'Dee said...

Crawling competition, wow! I am not surprised you have never won.

Awwwwww! you have 4 pple telling you I love you.

lol! at being a Gma.

QMoney said...

oh well,am 3rd!!
now its memes for mummys.we will soon have for daddys.lol

Adaeze said...

I love this one. Aww.
All the things you just mentioned is exactly what I think I'll love myself the day I have kids. Yours sound like total heartbreakers and I always love reading the lil every day stories of yours.

jhazmyn said...

"I love the opportunity to be a kid right along with them!"

yes o, that's one thing i look forward to, as Qmoney said, it wont hurt for daddy's to start theirs o...lol

Bibi said...

Awwwww, that's so sweet. I love the fact that you said that you grow with your kids everyday.

NoLimit said...

First 10...men I'm cool like that...BRB!!!

NoLimit said...

Awww...this post makes me want to be a mummy!!!...you make motherhood sound so easy...well I guess you're talking about what you LOVE about being a mum so all is on point!
I wonder if you can tag folake of wewe clothing too...
You guys are just great mums...imagine being a mum and still having enough time to blog as well...I don't know how you do it...but y'all must be super mums!!!

ShonaVixen said...

Awwwwwwww

BSNC said...

awww thats soo sweet. lol@ been a grandmama, yes you are

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

@ jarrai: madam 1st! The more I love yous I get, the better my day is. lol!

@ Aunty Remi: Madam 2nd! You will be just fine when your time comes. We can never prepare ourselves for motherhood, we all just have to hang in there for the ride, lol!

@ O'Dee: "Crawling competition, wow! I am not surprised you have never won."

Yes oh! I have never won, but I will someday soon. *wink*

@ QMoney: lol! mommy-memes. I actually was considering tagging ablackjamesbond oh! How body?

@ Adaeze: aww shucks! May your motherhood experience be blessed with sweet nothings, loads of kisses and happiness! Amen!

@ jhazmyn: lol! Something tells me that the daddy's out there will have a meme in no time. i wonder if I could get my hubby to do it and put up at my blog? Hmmmmm

@ Bibi: yes, oh, my sista. I am definitely growing alongside these rambunctious children. How is your writing going?

@ No Limit: oh my goodness, God bless you oh! I cannot believe that I even forgot to tag sista Folake! Oh my, off to do so right now. Thanks so much for the reminder!

@ Shonavixen: loL! Hey girl, how are you?

@ BSNC: my sista, I am a granny to some toys! lol! She treats those toys better than she treats her brothers sometimes, lol! How body?

downtheaisle said...

really inspiring, you actually want to search your science books for answers to their questions. I like that.The children will grow up with the right kind of information,unlike the stupid superstitions our parents fed us with.

simeone said...

conclusion : being a mother is great fun...nice meme

blogoratti said...

To think there was a time we all were inquisitive and carefree....fun times. Motherhood-nothing compares to it. A good MeMe for mothers..

Afrobabe said...

And why wasn't I tagged??

Tinu said...

awwwwww!!i want to be a mommie too!!but i have to wait!!sheeesh mehn!

Remi, United Kingdom said...

Ah.. someone should try and prepare me oh.. This is where I panic at not having a sister! lol.. God dey oh.

But from all your stories and what you have dealt with so far, you are doing a great job... :-)))

Ms. SpicyTee said...

Awwww.. this is touching.."I love the fact that in addition to Husband, I have 3 other people who tell me "I love you" everyday!" And the fact that you can be kids with them.. I can't wait to get married, have a baby and raise a home.

This is really nice SSD..
@Afro.. are u a mum ni?

*Abeni* said...

awwwww very nice! makes me want to be a mommy, in God's time though :-)

Buttercup said...

awwwwwww i loved this....gosh, i cant wait to be a mum *sighs*

so..why is the sky blue, really???

Greg said...

Sweetheart, many thanks for tagging me, and more thanks for the shout. Appreciate it. The post is totally beautiful and I could so relate. I may have to write/come up with my version of why I love being a mom. Will do so in a couple of days. You are such a cute and devoted mom - I really like that and enjoy reading your blogs. Please, always keep me posted, and thanks for stopping by at WeWe. How many times did I say "thanks"? Lol...

Original Mgbeke said...

This is incredibly cute. Love it! LOL @ you being a grand ma, you are truly blessed with a wonderful family and I think that the general consensus is that we all wanna be like you when we grow up. :-)

Afrobabe said...

Spicy Tee...I am a mum in spirit, besides I raised my siblings,doesn't that count for anything?

LusciousRon said...

Awww! I want so want to be a mummy. Put like that, I am actually looking forward to that time.

You have a beautiful family. All that 'I love you' is enough to make the day.

fantasy queen said...

awwww...being a momma rocks. i should know.
i might not have pushed a baby out of me, but i'm a bonafide momma to my nieces...so maybe i shd do this meme too:)

Sweetnothin' said...

am glad you're enjoying your motherhood. you make it sound so appealing but am still sticking to my policies of no babies (yet)...

justdoyin said...

niiiiiice...I'm sure looking 4wd 2 mommyhood with a little less trepidation after this...

lol @ Afrobabe raising her siblings...

Shubby Doo said...

lol @ TE being mommy hippo!!!

StandTall-The Activist said...

Aww so lovely!