More than just a mom

Before I had a child, I always said that I didn’t want to be one of those moms who could only talk about her kids.  I had an acquaintance a few years ago who would only talk about her children. We could be together for a few hours, and we wouldn’t hear anything else.  I don’t want to be like that.

I came across a quote from Barbara Walters recently that said, “Parents of young children should realize that few people, and maybe no one, will find their children as enchanting as they do.”

I get that.  To me, Lexiana is my world.  To the world, she is just another toddler.  And so I blog, I spend time online chatting with other moms who have kids Lexiana’s age, I talk to my own mother and mother-in-law who are just as intrigued with the kiddo as I am.  I am Lexiana’s mom.  I have to talk about her.

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However, I’m also working at maintaining my own identity.  I love being a mother.  It consumes me, which is as it should be.  But, I’m still Stacey.  I still have things I love to do that are just for me.  I love to work.  I love to write.  I love to read.  I love to spend time with my husband.  I love to nap!

I know that the rest of my life, I will be known to some as Lexiana’s mom.  I’m perfectly fine with that.  But, to others I will be known as a freelance journalist, to others as a copywriter and to others as Chris’ wife.  I will be known to others as that quiet woman who sits in the back of church.   I will be known as Danny and Linda’s daughter to others or Brent’s sister to some.

I wear many hats.  In the busy-ness of life, I just have to make sure that once every so often I put on my Stacey hat and get to be just me. Finding time to do that can be tricky, but it’s a necessity.  And doing so gives me more to talk about with other folks than just my kiddo, because while I am Lexiana’s mom, I am more than that as well.

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