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Before I Was A Mom 
 
Apr. 13, 2010 8:29 am 
Updated: May 7, 2010 1:54 pm
I received the poem below in an e-mail recently and I was going to save it for Mother's Day.  I got to thinking, though.  Moms are such awesome creatures and should be celebrated every single day, not just one day a year.  I don't say this because I AM a mom.  I say this because I HAVE a mom, and she's the most amazing person I've ever met.  She has always been there whenever we've needed her, even after we became adults and went out into the world on our own.  If ever my siblings or I have needed a kind word, a hug, a bit of advice, or a few bucks (and sometimes much more than a few), our mom is always ready to give.  It's not always easy for her, especially when the need involves money, but she somehow manages to help in some way every single time.  So, in honor of my mother, I lift my glass to Moms everywhere.  You all deserve to be recognized each and every day.

Before I Was A Mom
 
Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I never worried whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.
 
Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.
I slept all night.
 
Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.
 
Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.
 
Before I was a Mom,
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it would feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.
 
Before I was a Mom,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment,
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom.
 
Comments
Apr. 13, 2010 8:36 am
What a beautiful poem! Thank you so much for sharing it!
 
Apr. 13, 2010 8:46 am
Ahh, thanks for that Keri. Beautiful.
 
Rae 
Apr. 13, 2010 8:55 am
I love that poem. Makes me tear up. Thanks for sharing :)
 
Apr. 13, 2010 8:57 am
I loved it! Made me think of my mom. She passed away 4 years ago. I'm a mom and I understand why my mom did all of those things.
 
sueb 
Apr. 13, 2010 8:57 am
Before I was a mom, I didn't know the joy of children! Now that they are old enough to experience adult things, I wish there was a way to turn time around! My youngest is dating, and I've met several girl friends. When I think that one day, he won't just be my baby, but someone else's spouse, it certainly puts motherhood on a different keel! One DD leaves home at the end of the month! The world around us is changing!
 
SB 
Apr. 13, 2010 8:57 am
That is a beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing!
 
KSAZA 
Apr. 13, 2010 8:59 am
Am sending this to my mom today! Thanks Keri!
 
Shan 
Apr. 13, 2010 9:04 am
wow, that was beautiful. i had tears in my eyes when i was reading it. Thaks Keri!
 
Apr. 13, 2010 9:17 am
Thanks for sharing this little gem, Keri. The line "I never looked into teary eyes and cried" really got me right here *points to her heart*...I'm passing it on.
 
Rohnda 
Apr. 13, 2010 9:29 am
Every line so true... now I'm experiencing the granny phase and love it just as much as the mommy phase of my life-- maybe a bit more. Thanks for sharing Keri.
 
Apr. 13, 2010 9:30 am
So true, and so much more. Thanks for sharing.
 
Apr. 13, 2010 9:30 am
I love that, Keri, I have 2 children with me, but I also have 1 in Heaven and that really touched my heart.
 
Apr. 13, 2010 9:39 am
Very touching and every word true. Thanks for sharing it.
 
Keri 
Apr. 13, 2010 9:50 am
I'm so glad you all liked the poem. It brought tears to my eyes as I read it, too. Crunchy - I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. No matter how long ago that happened, it stays with you. My mother has two children in Heaven, one from a first trimester miscarriage and one from late term fetal demise (the baby died in the third trimester). I look forward to meeting my two unknown siblings someday :-)
 
Apr. 13, 2010 10:59 am
Thanks. My baby died in the second trimester at 21 weeks. My daughter was only 7 months old, and 2 months after that I was pregnant again with my now 3 month old- what a year it's been! Someday, when my other kids are old enough, I will tell them about their brother too.
 
Apr. 13, 2010 11:09 am
Thanks for sharing, Keri. I wish my mom were still around to send the poem to.
 
Apr. 13, 2010 11:34 am
I'm sending my kids a link to this, Keri. It's beautiful, insightful and warm.
 
Apr. 13, 2010 1:16 pm
So nice.........
 
Apr. 13, 2010 6:19 pm
Very nice poem! It is so true - I really never thought about all those things, until I had my children. I never knew you could love someone so much that it actually hurts. Thank you for sharing!
 
Apr. 16, 2010 4:01 pm
I hope you don't mind but I printed your poem "Before I was a Mom".My mom past away last Sept.and I miss her very much.Thanks so much.:oI
 
Apr. 24, 2010 9:39 am
What a beautiful poem Keri! I'm wiping tears from my face now.
 
Abbey 
May 7, 2010 1:13 pm
Thanks so much for sharing that, Keri, it was beautiful! And I still can't get over just how cute those twins are! :)
 
sreshelles2003 
May 7, 2010 1:32 pm
Thank you for sharing this! I love it! I have a 10 month old and I can't believe how true this rings for me! :)
 
Keri 
May 7, 2010 1:40 pm
Pyrex - thanks for reading! I can't get over how cute they are myself, but I AM biased as their auntie :-D *** sreshelles2003 - I'm glad you liked it! When my daughters were babies, this poem really hit home for me, too.
 
May 7, 2010 1:49 pm
Thanks for shouting this out again - I HAD missed it the first time. Excellent - and all true. It's amazing how something that is designed to bring failure after failure is also designed to be THE WIN of our lifetime. Thanks - and Happy Mother's Day! ♥
 
Keri 
May 7, 2010 1:54 pm
Thank you, Sunny! Happy Mother's Day to the Mama Byrd, too :-)
 
 
 
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About Me
I have loved cooking since I was a young girl helping my mother make dinner or bake cookies during school vacations. My favorite class in elementary school was "Nutrition", because we cooked almost every day. I have two daughters who love cooking and baking as much as I do and my husband is even getting interested. He recently started making bread from scratch and he's doing an awesome job of it! We share our home with pets of all different kinds, including birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, a rat, snakes, frogs, a tarantula, and a turtle. We also provide foster care for a local dog rescue, taking in abused, neglected, abandoned dogs and giving them a safe, loving environment to live in until they find their "fur-ever" homes.
My favorite things to cook
Rosemary garlic roasted chicken with roasted garlic gravy; Skillet cabbage; Almost any baked goods; Anything I can make in my slow cooker! Somewhere around September 2008 I decided I was going to start baking all the bread my children and I eat. I'm COMPLETELy loving it and my kids like to brag that "my mommy MADE this bread!" Their favorite is when I make bread items that aren't your traditional loaf of bread, like hamburger buns, bagels, and soft pretzels.
My favorite family cooking traditions
For several generations, my father's family has made a "family tradition" dessert item at each major holiday. At Easter, it's Italian Cheesecake, made with ricotta cheese and anise flavoring (published as "Italian Cheesecake II", if you'd like to check it out). At Thanksgiving, it's "Roly Polies", which were invented by my great grandmother when she had leftover pie crust dough she needed to use up. My absolute favorite, though, is Christmas, when we make Birds Nests. These are made out of walnut-sized balls of a sweet pie crust type dough rolled out very thin. Then we cut slits in the dough without cutting through the edge, gather every other strip, twist them up into a jumble, and then deep fry the pastries. When they are cooled, we sprinkle them with powdered sugar. It doesn't matter how many we make, they all get eaten!
My cooking triumphs
I managed to make decorated sugar cookies for Christmas 2008 that turned out awesome!! I've NEVER gotten sugar cookies to turn out good looking enough to warrant decorating them. They always turn into shapeless blobs. This particular time I reduced the amount of butter in the recipe by 25% and chilled the cut-outs for 15 minutes immediately before baking them. They turned out beautiful!
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at making Fairy Food candy (also called seafoam candy) was a disaster! I tried cooking it too quickly over too high of heat, so it burned, smelling up the entire house for DAYS. Thank goodness I still had enough ingredients (and courage!) to try again, and everyone at my family's Christmas gathering was impressed with my second attempt. I conveniently "forgot" to tell them about the first batch :-)
 
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