Like you, I have thousands and thousands of photos of my daughter, what feels like millions of little moments captured. But what do they add up to? What is the picture that tells the complete story of being a mom?
That’s a question I’ve been thinking about a lot over the last few months as we’ve been planning our holiday issue, All I Want. Every day at Romper we publish articles about breastfeeding and potty training and birth plans and tantrums. These individual stories often have a specific focus, but they are all asking the reader to consider the same broader question: What is motherhood for us?
The popular view of motherhood is that it is to be avoided - will implode careers, snag marriages, erase identities, ruin interior design schemes. But for many millennials, entering motherhood is the most meaningful choice they have made; a bright spot regardless of the many challenges facing young parents, and an opportunity for emotional growth that the media completely discounts. A positive view of parenthood has somehow become contrarian.
Remember how 9 a.m. used to feel like the start of the day, and then you became a mom? Romper's ongoing Instagram series #Before9am celebrates all you do before most people have their coffee. Check out mom blogger Jessica McFadden’s holiday season morning, which is packed with action, fueled by caffeine and accomplished by the light of the Christmas tree.
A normal weekday morning is always hectic. But throw in the extra falalalaOMG of the holidays, and I find myself waking up with a bigger ongoing to-do list than usual. The kids need more prodding, work requires more gussying up, presents and cards need to be mailed…sometimes all before 9 a.m. But eventually it all gets done, thanks to big kids who make their own lunches, super fast showers and super sneaky school drives while wearing pajamas.