I was recently asked when I first felt like a “mom”.  In less than a second, a vivid memory flashed: early morning about a year ago…sun streaming through the windows…I’m serving 2-year-old Evie breakfast while breastfeeding tiny baby Mack…when, all of a sudden, Mack throws up a stomach full of breastmilk ALL OVER ME.  At that very moment, I couldn’t help but laugh.  There I was, doing my best to keep my toddler content and my newborn alive, and all it took was a bath in baby puke to make me realize that I was indeed a mother.

During those first few weeks as a mother of two, my head was constantly in a million places.  Where’s the burp cloth? Evie needs her KleanKanteen!  My cell phone is ringing, but I can’t find it! Did Evie hide the keys again?!?  With all this sunshine Mack probably needs a hat, right? So, when I was recently asked to take a look at the HippMAMA Tool Belt I immediately thought, “I could’ve used THAT a year ago!”

The HippMAMA Tool Belt is basically a mix between a diaper bag and a fanny pack…but it is significantly cooler than the latter.  There’s a spot for everything a mom might need, and it is super lightweight.  A great gift for a mom-of-two-to-be!

But, perhaps the most exciting part about the HippMAMA is that is was invented by Chicago-area mom Shannon Wyszynski.  Shannon is busy enough just being a mother of two, but with the HippMAMA she fosters the entrepreneurial side of her spirit.  I love supporting a fellow mom in her endeavors!

Want to win a HippMAMA Tool Belt??  To Enter: Leave a comment on this post, answering the question: When did you first realize you were a “mom”?

Additional entry: leave your answer to the question on my Facebook page.

Contest ends on Saturday 5/7 at midnight.



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  1. Laura says:

    I don’t know which is more awesome – your story or that tool belt!
    I think my moment would be at the first doctor’s appointment I took my son to solo (my husband had been able to come along for the first few in those early weeks). I mistakenly thought that three cloth diapers would be adequate for one half-hour doctor’s visit. But after the doctor examined him and then he had another dirty diaper in the interim, I had to resort to putting him in the last diaper and crossing my fingers…only to stand up as we were set to leave the examination room and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror – COVERED IN PEE all over my jeans. I started laughing so hard I could barely figure out what to do (since I was out of wipes as well) – and I remember calling my husband on the drive home to say, “Well, I think I am officially a mother. I’m driving home covered in pee.” 😉

  2. Julia says:

    The first time I realized it was the first doctor appointment. My daughter was all of 3 days old. The hospital sent me home less than 24 hours after I had her. I wasn’t quite sure if I was even breastfeeding right. Plus my husband was in the Navy. I got lucky with my pregnancy and got special permission to see civilian doctors. I wasn’t so lucky with the pediatrician. I was in this Navy doctors office and it seemed so “military like and serious” it made me feel even more nervous. After getting her naked to get weighed I must have put her diaper on wrong because while I was waiting for the doctor to come in she decided to poop. It literally squirted out of the diaper and all down the front of my shirt. I was just sitting there thinking “great now he’s gonna think I don’t know what I’m doing. Wait a second what am I doing!?” I realized then that I was just a mom waiting to see my baby’s doctor. I’m sure there have been plenty of moms who’ve been pooped on while in the doctors office. I’m not the first one and I surely won’t be the last. The appointment went well by the way. Although he did stare at the poop stain a lot.

  3. Lynne says:

    I first realized I was a mom when I brought Emilia home and never knew I could love someone so much that I would, A) Cry about how much I love her B) Walk through fire for her C) sit in the back seat just to make sure she was okay on the way home from the hospital and D) The days I welcome new babies into the house and feel the same exact way but I always have a “helper” (my oldest) who will help me change diapers, fill bottles and do everything I ask because she loves to be the big sister.

  4. Donna Rosenbery says:

    I first realized I was a mom the first time they brought my screaming baby from the nursery at 1 am, and he stopped crying when I held him…..I remember thinking ‘this is it!’ when they brought him, but realized it really was it when he quieted down with me.

  5. Katie says:

    I just love homemade mothering! It truly encompasses everything I believe in and try to do with my family!
    The first time I realized I was a mom was when I had my first date night after my son was born and I wiped his runny nose with the sleeve of my date night shirt before going out and just rolled up my sleeve. Oh the things we do for love!

  6. Michelle says:

    When I felt my first born Kyra kick in my belly… I knew I would love that baby forever and do everything to keep it safe (at that time I didn’t know if it was a girl or a boy)!

  7. Sheila says:

    When I took my daughter to my work- 10 days after she was born. I took maternitgy leave three weeks before she was born and here I was almost a month later totally transformed! I left wearing suits, stillettos and carrying a breifcase. I returned wearing a gren silk sweat suit, tennies and carrying my pride and joy baby girl! Yep, that’s the moment I knew I was a MOM!

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