2018 Baby Talk

A Letter to My Mom for Mother’s Day

May 9, 2018

Well, Mother’s Day is just around the corner and of course this year is just a little bit different because I’m a mother myself. Is it terrible that I already convinced my husband to get me a ‘Mamma Bear’ sleep shirt? I don’t feel too bad because my bestie got one too ha! It’s funny, now that I’m a mom I seem to appreciate all those little (and big things) my mom did for me growing up. Running me to dance practice, doing my laundry, cooking dinner, taking me back to school shopping (one of my favourites) and reading me bed time stories when I was little. Things I definitely took for granted as a child and teen and that mean so much more to me now.

There’s a video going around on Facebook right now. It’s where the husband comes home from work and asks his wife how her day was. She explains that it was just another ordinary day. When he asks his daughter the same thing she explains that she had the BEST DAY EVER!  That friggen video had me in tears.  It really put things into perspective for me that these little people we’re raising see the very best in life and the very best in us. If only we all wore those glasses right? Being a mom is so so so much more than just raising your child. You’re a teacher, you’re a dreamer, a cook, a cleaner the sky’s the limit. They look up to us and see the world the way that we show it to them.

Some days when I’m putting Evie down for a nap I think to myself,  “I love this little girl so much”. It honestly makes me want to cry, I love her so much. This is only the beginning of our time together. 

When I really think about it, it makes me proud to think that we have a day to honour and thank the women who have raised us. My mom, a very hard working, strong willed, compassionate business women, worked while raising my brother, sister and I. One of my favourite things she did when I was a child was to read this book “I’m not sleepy” to me at bedtime. It makes me so emotional to read that exact same book to my baby girl (here we go… waterworks again). It’s so nice to reflect back on the things that mean the most to us that maybe just seemed to be a part of her daily routine. I remember my mom taking me to all of my dance competitions, braiding my hair and actually, I remember the first time she let me do my own makeup (it was the BEST DAY EVER haha). She travelled to Kiev with me so that I could perform with the National Kiev Ballet and one year she even performed in the Nutcracker with me (as my mom). It’s incredible to see her as Evie’s Granny. For those of you that don’t know, my mom works quite far away (6 hours to be exact) but drives back home every single weekend and stops to see Evie on the way. She spoils my little girl rotten and I am so thankful. There are so many ways that I aspire to be like my mom, as I hope Evie will do for me one day.

What are your favourite childhood memories with your mom? Was it reading a book at bedtime? Cooking together? Singing together? (You already know that my family would dance around the house and sing Wilson Phillips ha!) Do you hope to share those same memories with your little one? Would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Jaclyn Harper

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