I have read articles where women have written about the "first time they felt like a Mom." Usual answers are "when I felt my baby move" or "the first time he smiled at me."
Well, call me a late bloomer, but it hit me today.
Several things happened, to help me reach this epiphany.
-While picking up my daughter from school, I witnessed two girls smacking a boy with their backpacks. After a moment of watching this, I realized that I almost yelled, "STOP hitting each other! Keep your hands to yourself!" So close to yelling, that I felt the yell die on the tip of my tongue. It was just a knee-jerk reaction to the situation. (And something I say in my house 17,000 times a day!)
-My son was chewing with his mouth open at dinner. The first thought was not, "I wish he would chew with his mouth closed", but "He's eating broccoli!"
-I walked around my house today, singing, "If you go pee-pee, then you'll get a cook-ie! You'll get a cook-ie, if you go pee-pee!" Over and over and over. In a sickening sing-song voice. I hate potty training.
-I caught myself re-playing (and singing along to) track #7 on the High School Musical 2 Soundtrack...because I liked the song.
So, there you have it. I have officially become a mother. Over six years after giving birth!