30 [Real] Definitions of Motherhood

Ah, motherhood. The Oxford Dictionary defines motherhood as, The state of being a mother. Well, that leaves a lot open for interpretation, if you ask me. So, I’ve decided to take it upon myself to use my 4+ years of experience as a mom of two (girls) to further define motherhood for you from my perspective.

Motherhood is…

  1. … wondering how drunken frat boys got into your house and made this mess
  2. … buying 949,827,352 pureed fruit pouches to keep on hand for when your kids are hungry but you’re lazy
  3. … turning on your phone to find 50+ selfies your kid took
  4. … lying about how much screen time your kids actually get
  5. … simultaneously wishing for time to stop but for bedtime to arrive faster
  6. … not even bothering to close the door while you use the bathroom anymore
  7. … wondering if some arbitrary parenting decision you made is the reason [insert anything] is happening now
  8. … saying things like, “We don’t kiss the potty,” and, “Don’t drink the bath water,” on the regular
  9. … living in a constant state of having cartoon theme songs playing in your head
  10. … chasing your daughters around the house while holding them by the hair, trying to get it into a ponytail
  11. … yelling, “Give your sister some space!” all day everyday
  12. … wondering when your kids will be old enough to wipe their own butts
  13. … getting asked for (and fetching) a snack 100 times per day
  14. … not knowing how long it’s been since you last washed your hair
  15. … equating a solo trip to Target to a tropical beach vacation
  16. … realizing your favorite show/movie/song has a lot more profanity in it than you remember
  17. … not knowing why you (or anyone else) are/is crying
  18. … questioning every moment of silence and assuming the worst (because experience)
  19. … mourning the loss of your pre-baby body while trying to convince yourself that “tiger stripes” are cool
  20. … inescapable mom-guilt even though you’re actually rockin’ this mom-gig
  21. … feeling like a rock star because your “groupies” cry every time they see you and every time you leave the room
  22. … getting rid of toys when your kids are napping and hoping they won’t notice
  23. … serving yourself extra food because your not-hungry-kid will undoubtedly mooch off of you
  24. … hiding in a closet to eat candy alone
  25. … having an unwanted audience while you shower
  26. … hearing your name being called multiple times per day for no reason at all
  27. … throwing away “artwork” from school but burying in the in trashcan so they don’t find the evidence
  28. … an internal conflict between dying to put your baby down (because freedom) & wanting to hold them forever
  29. … having your whole day of errands/activities hinge on whether your toddler pees before leaving the house
  30. … trying not to laugh when your kid says a bad word or something particularly sassy

Finally, motherhood is knowing there’s no bigger or better blessing in the world and that mom life really is the best life; it’s the extreme privilege of being able to care for tiny humans and help shape them into the (hopefully amazing) people they will become. Motherhood is sharing in the joys and triumphs of your children; it’s wiping their tears and hiding the heartbreak their sadness causes you. Motherhood is learning, growing, and stretching to become the person you were destined to be; it’s loving someone so much you think your heart might actually explode. Often thankless, it’s the hardest, most challenging, hilarious, joyful, rewarding, cry-tears-of-joy, worth-it, job in the world.

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How do you define motherhood? Add your definitions in the comments!

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  1. January 20, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    Great list girl! I am getting to be a master at #27 but I feel a little guilty about it 🙂

    • Shannnon
      January 20, 2017 / 1:06 pm

      Ha! Don’t feel guilty! What could you POSSIBLY do with ALL of it?! I keep a few pieces here and there but the rest goes in the trash after being on display a few days.

  2. January 19, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    Haha. I can relate to all of these! Thank God for pouches 🙂

    • Shannnon
      January 20, 2017 / 11:01 am

      I know, right?! Life savers!

  3. January 19, 2017 / 11:24 am

    So much this. We should put this in the dictionary as the true definition of / mothers. I have boys, so there are a few differences. No chasing to put hair in ponytails. But often wondering how long the “naked hugs” will last from my 5 year old and at what point will he teach my youngest son who is only 6 months.
    But I would never trade a day with them for anything especially since I know the heart ache of losing a child. So no matter how much I get flustered and frustrated, in the end I still love them and love being a mom.
    PS – It is nice knowing we are not alone on this trip called motherhood.

    • Shannnon
      January 20, 2017 / 11:02 am

      So not alone!! I’m so sorry to hear you’ve lost one — you’re one strong mama! Thanks for reading!

  4. January 18, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    Yes to everything!!! This has been my favorite read this week! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:30 am

      Thank you for reading! You just made my day!

  5. January 17, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Haha, I was just sitting here nodding my head to each of these! Motherhood is one of the hardest, best, craziest, most rewarding things we ever do.

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:31 am

      Yes it is! Thanks for reading!

  6. January 17, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    I can totally relate to 2, 15, 19, 24, 27 & 30!! I have a potty mouth and my oldest two never were the type to repeat. Throw in our 3rd child and he likes to repeat potty words and finds it hilarious. We have to turn around so he doesn’t see the smile because although it sounds all cute, it isn’t cute. I loved this post. -Breyona Sharpnack

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:31 am

      Hahaha! Too funny! Thanks for reading!

  7. January 17, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    Amazing list, as a stay at home working mom it’s crazy how many of these I can relate to!

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:32 am

      Mom life is hilarious!

  8. January 17, 2017 / 11:33 am

    Love this list! The selfies had me laughing (I seriously deleted 500 the other day!).

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:32 am

      Thank you! My little one loves taking them!

  9. January 17, 2017 / 11:29 am

    This is a great list. I can totally relate to many of these.

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:33 am

      Thank you so much!

  10. January 17, 2017 / 11:03 am

    Awesome post! I love all of these!!

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:33 am

      Thank you so much!!

  11. January 17, 2017 / 12:26 am

    I loved this post so much! Every word was SO TRUE! mom life is the best life!

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:34 am

      It really is! Thanks so much!

  12. January 16, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    I love all of this list! It’s too hilarious!

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:34 am

      Thanks so much, girl!

  13. forevermommoments
    January 16, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    #2…. I even look for sales 🙊

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:35 am

      Wal-Mart has organic ones for only 89 cents now!!

  14. January 16, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    I just died laughing through this whole post. SO TRUE HAHA!

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:35 am

      Ha! Thanks so much!

  15. January 16, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    I love this! So funny! Yes I think there are lots of frat guys around here a lot haha at least that’s how it looks!

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:35 am

      Right?! How do they sneak in an out?!

  16. January 16, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    Truth yep! Motherhood is wondering where that bruise came from and then remembering your kid elbowed you during a diaper change lol

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:36 am

      Yes! Oh man… the number of unidentified bruise sources is uncanny!

  17. January 16, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    I literally just laughed so hard and then sent this over to my friend who is pregnant with number 2. I feel like this is a ‘this is what you have to look forward to,’ kind of post!

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:36 am

      Ha! Thank you for sharing! It totally is!

  18. January 16, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    This is super relate-able. I loved it, just about every # I was like YES. Oh the mom life. This was a cute read.

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:37 am

      Thanks for reading and for your kind words!

  19. January 16, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    I love this, yes to all…brilliant post.

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:37 am

      Thank you SO much!

  20. January 16, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’ve said or experienced every single thing you posted. These are all so true – and so funny. Great post!

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:38 am

      At least you now know you’re not alone!

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:39 am

      Thank you for reading!!

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:39 am

      Ha! YES!! Thank you!!

  21. January 16, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    I cannot tell you how hard it is to keep a straight face when Henry busts out “shit” or drops an F bomb

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:39 am

      Oh my word. I would die laughing.

  22. January 16, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    I think you summed it up quite nicely. I can relate to pretty much all that you have listed. The top one is leave your brother alone.

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:40 am

      YES! My 4 year old is always all over her little sister. It’s crazy!

  23. January 16, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    I’m pinning this ASAP. I am loving your whole list. I agreed, smiled and nodded my way through. You’re such an awesome writer mama!

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:41 am

      Thank you so much, Diedre! That means so much!

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:41 am

      Thank you for reading!!

  24. January 16, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    Oh my goodness!! So, so, so true! The amount of times I’ve said “For the love! Just leave your sister alone” boggles my mind (as mine are 4 years old and 15 months).

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:42 am

      YES!! My older one is always crowding her little sister!

  25. January 16, 2017 / 11:57 am

    So great and so true! Made me giggle! 🙂 Have a great day!

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:42 am

      Thanks so much for reading!

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:43 am

      Thank you SO much!

  26. January 16, 2017 / 11:32 am

    This is awesome! #15 is everything! Thank you!

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:43 am

      Hahaha! Yesssss!!

  27. January 16, 2017 / 11:28 am

    Yes, yes, and yes. The bathroom door thing had me laughing out loud.

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:44 am

      I gave up on that long long ago. LOL!

  28. January 16, 2017 / 10:16 am

    6,8,9 are my life right now. Plus all the rest! You nailed this one Shannon.

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:44 am

      Thank you, Kerry! #momlife

  29. January 16, 2017 / 9:44 am

    This is hilarious and very true! I thought it was just me but now I know I am not alone. Lol

    • January 19, 2017 / 12:45 am

      You are definitely not alone!

  30. January 16, 2017 / 9:37 am

    Haha ain’t that the truth! Funny read this AM, thank you!

  31. January 16, 2017 / 9:27 am

    Loved this…all so very true. At the end of the day there all worth it. 😉

  32. January 16, 2017 / 9:12 am

    Haha was nodding throughout this list! Soooo relatable! With a 1,5yo especially #30 becomes more relevant every day… trying not to laugh when he does something he shouldn´t happens like 5x each day

  33. January 16, 2017 / 8:15 am

    Could this post be anymore accurate? I’m laughing because every single one of these is spot on!

    • Shannnon
      January 19, 2017 / 12:55 am

      Thank you so much! Thanks for reading!

  34. January 16, 2017 / 7:49 am

    This is spot on! #21 – feeling like a rockstar HA love it

    • Shannnon
      January 19, 2017 / 12:55 am

      Groupies for days!! Haha!

    • Shannnon
      January 19, 2017 / 12:56 am

      Thanks, Patty!!

  35. January 16, 2017 / 6:09 am

    #11!! OMG!!! I thought it was just us. Constantly yelling at my daughter to give her brother some space. Can you say future smothering girlfriend 🙈🤣

    • Shannnon
      January 19, 2017 / 12:57 am

      OMG I have said the same thing about my 4 year old! Her future boyfriends are in TROUBLE! Hahahaha!

    • Shannnon
      January 19, 2017 / 12:57 am

      Thanks, Kari!!

  36. January 16, 2017 / 12:57 am

    Hahahah I am dying! I concur with everything on this list!!! Burying artwork lol hahaha GUILTY! Loved this post!!!

    • Shannnon
      January 16, 2017 / 1:05 am

      Thank you, my friend! You da’ best!! xo

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