Marvel-ous Mothers

Marvel-ous Mothers

Some may say that mothers have the hardest job in the world or are super human, but I say it’s more than that.  Mothers are like a whole team of superheroes!  Much like the Avengers, mothers are heroes for many different reasons.  Don’t believe me?  Let me show you how…

Tony Stark / Ironman:

Tony Stark, billionaire genius who has an iron suit that he can pretty much do anything with.  Sound like a mommellah?  I didn’t think so.  But you know what Tony Stark’s real super power is?  Always knowing the best possible course of action and executing it swiftly.  Now that sounds familiar, right?  All moms know their kids signals and know if it’s time to play, eat, sleep or pull off some Harry Houdini roadside diaper change and how best to make it happen.  Mommellah’s are super powered CEOs for sure!

Steve Rogers / Captain America:

Captain America, the “physically perfect human”.  Although most moms have something they dislike about their bodies, it’s only because we are harder on ourselves than we should be.  We MADE A HUMAN.  That’s a big frickin’ deal and our bodies are perfect.  Perfect baby making machines!

Dr. Bruce Banner / Hulk:

So, maybe our kids are more likely to Hulk smash things than we are, but ALL moms have had their Dr Banner to Hulk moments.  A good example of one of those moments; a friend’s kid was trying to be helpful by washing mommy’s car… With rocks!!!  Let’s just say a Hulk moment for a mom can occur anytime, over anything.  It all depends on her hours of sleep, depth of patience and how much money it will set the family back.  Mommy *smash*

Thor:

Did you know that along with thunder and lightning, Thor is also the g-d associated with the protection of mankind, healing and fertility?  Mothers are all about fertility, healing and protection (and occasionally thunder and lightning).  Whether you have a crazy family member (like Loki) or are just protecting your bubbellahs from everyday hazards, everyone fears the wrath of Mommellah’s hammer.

Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow:

Super sexy fighting machine with gifted tactical abilities?!  Sounds like mothers all over the world to me.  She can mask her emotions and has an “uncanny affinity for psychological manipulation”.  No one does this as well as a Mommellah.  We all have to train our kids not to embarrass themselves in public with a straight face, using the most effective strategy.  And guilt trips?  The Black Widow ain’t got nothing on us.

Clint Barton / Hawkeye:

Hawkeye.  The last of our Avengers team.  Alas, he has no superpowers, but being raised in a circus gave him ample time to perfect his aim and combat skills.  I’m sure many mommellahs out there can commiserate with being raised in a circus and how that level of some constant chaos prepares us for motherhood.  Because ladies, life is a circus, and we are the ring leaders.

 

It goes to show, mothers are the Avengers: Saving the world, one baby at a time!

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Measuring Mommy Mitzvahs

5775 is upon us.  A new year and the 1st anniversary of Mommellah.  It’s been really helpful in keeping me focused on Judaism and how it can fit practically into my life.  It’s also taking me into a new realm of having a school aged child.  I’m thrilled that my oldest is going to a Jewish preschool!  I’m not so thrilled about all of the ways that our lives will start to change.  Mostly, I want to try and keep not only my religion in focus, but motherhood as well.  These High Holidays, I will reflect on how I will measure my mommellah mitzvahs and how can I keep from getting caught up in being the “perfect” mom (FYI, she doesn’t exist anyway).

Let’s start with my fears. Mostly because I’m a crazy Jewish mother and want to get them off my chest.

Kids Birthday parties every weekend.  Usually multiple ones in a weekend!  Can you see my eyes rolling (into the back of my head kind of way, not in a “whatever” way) from wherever you are reading this?!?!  Ugh.  I have a hard enough time getting my husband to agree to ANY idea I have for a weekend.  He hates filling up our weekends with “busy” stuff and I don’t blame him!  These parties seem to me to be just another nail in the parenting coffin.  If you have any suggestions on how to set limits on how many parties you choose to attend, PLEASE share.  I’m begging.  Really.

The “one up” mom.  Now I can appreciate mothers who take the extra time to look nice, because we all want to feel good about what we present to the world.  Heck, if given the chance I love to take the time to get ready and look like the mom who has it all together.  But I’m sure there will be at least one (or more) moms who will make me feel inadequate in at least one way that I never even considered would be a “thing” you could be better at than someone else.  Examples include, but are not limited to: Bento Boxes, party favors and Pinterest fanatics.  Really?!  If you have the time to commit to these things, more power to you!  I have an infant and 2 puppies and see more butts in a day than an ashtray does, so, um, yeah…  I’m gonna just ignore all of the above for as long as possible.

Buying stuff we don’t need so my son can “fit in”.  I know this is coming.  I don’t know when or what form it will take, but I’m not excited for that day.  We have a TON of hand me downs, which I am eternally grateful for and spoiled by.  I do not want to buy clothes for my kids.  But someday, because of school, it’s gonna happen and I’m gonna be sh*t out of luck.

So, if I’m not measuring my success as a mother with any of the above, what will I strive for this year?  How can I keep myself grounded?  What is important to me?  I will strive for the following this year:

More cuddles. Because one day these guys won’t even want me around.

More books. Thank you PJ library!

More firsts. We recently followed up a first dentist appointment with a first pony ride. Success!

More vegetables. Boray pree ha adama! Lord, please let them eat their frickin vegetables.

More fun. Because you can be an Eeyore, or a Tigger. Be a Tigger people. Life’s too short. (Thanks Febach)

It’s so easy to get caught up in new ventures and swallowed in the rat race.  These 5 benchmarks are my guide to 5775.  What are yours?

May the Schwartz be with you!

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