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February 28, 2008

I'd Like To Thank My Mom

80aapk_01_oscar_stat Watching the Academy Awards this past Sunday, I couldn't help but be a little emotional (never mind that I'm pregnant on top of that) when the winners would get up on stage and thank their Moms- of course including Javier Bardem's Spanish message to his sweet mother. I love it when grown adult men, big sports stars and the like have so much love and gratitude for their Mommies. I look at my own sons and only hope they feel the same way about me. Whatever they do, wherever they are I plan to be that proud Mama in the bleachers.

I began to think about my life and who I would thank. The top of that list would be my Mom. As much as I'd like to say I can get by with just my hubby, three kids and one on the way- all on my own- I don't know what I'd do without my Mom.

This past weekend, in the throes of morning-noon-and-night sickness myself, my hubby bed-ridden with his back out, and three little ones with stomach bugs, Mom came to the rescue. Times two. My Mommy and Mother-in-law both took over and swooped in like Ghostbusters. Rubber gloves, buckets, groceries, pots of soup and all. One Mom took the bathrooms while the other took care of the kids. I took a nap. And if you know me well, you'd know I was mortified to

have someone else cleaning my toilets and mopping my floors. But I had no choice. We were all not well enough to get by on our own. And the Moms insisted- that's what they are for. They loved us. And for us to let them help us was showing that we loved them, too.

With the house all clean and the kids taken care of, I rested the best I have in weeks that Saturday night. My Mom even came back over the next day with clean laundry and let me take another nap.

I can't thank them enough- and it's quite impossible anyway. How could I ever repay them? They don't want to be repaid. They just reminded me that I'll have FOUR children for which I'll be making up plenty when I get to be a Grandma. Oh yeah.

Well, the laundry is piling up and I can't see the kitchen sink again. I'd be glad to show you I love you again anytime you're free. Thanks, Mom.

This post originally published at The Chicago Moms Blog. Stephanie also blogs at Adventures In Babywearing and Close To Home.

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