The mama I want to be.

I want to be a good mama. A great mama. The best mama.
I want to be the mama that laughs when the milk spills.
The mama that says "yes".
The mama that smiles at stained knees and dirty faces.
I want to be the mama that can let a mess go for a few hours all day and not keep thinking about it.
I want to cook good meals.
I want to play hard.
I want to be the mama that sings loud, and dances often.
The mama that leads by example and nurtures empathy, humility, compassion and gratitude in her children.
I want to be the mama that can always be called upon, day or night.
I want to wake up with a smile, everyday.
I want to be put together.
I want to be the mama that when having an off-day, can take peace in knowing that tomorrow is another day, and it will be better, its always better.
I want to be the mama that never loses patience.
I want to be proud of myself at the end of every day.
I want to be the calm in the storm.
I want to be the mama that always sees the beauty in the little things- the perfection in the day to day.
I want to be the mama that can always make her baby smile.
The mama that can fix any booboo
The mama that always makes everything better.
I want to be the mama that learns from her mistakes.
I want to be the squasher of boredom and the maker of fun.
The mama that shows her babies the world.
I want to be the mama that teaches life lessons, the big ones and the small ones.
I want to be the mama that doesn't need a break, that doesn't need a full night's sleep. knows that its ok to need a break and to be tired sometimes... and doesn't feel guilty about it.
I want to be the mama that always remembers what's really important.
I want to be the mama that my baby will want to be to her children someday.

Some days I am this mama- I mean, I really knock it outta the park! And other days, it feels as though this is the person I spend all day trying to be. For those days, I'd like to tell that exhausted, unsure, egg in her hair, hasn't had a glass of water all day mama that she's doing a good job. No....a great job. And relax. And take a deep breath. And that she is loved and blessed beyond belief. I'd like to tell her that her baby looks at her like she hung the stars in the sky, she is her hero, and that whatever she's doing, its enough. She is more than enough. And I'd tell her that tomorrow will be better. Its always better.

Oh, and I'd also tell her to change her shirt- theres boogers on it for crying out loud!

Speaking of being a mom....Mothers Day is coming are a few of my very favorite things that might fit the bill for the lovely occasion...

Pretty much anything from the Stella Salvador shop. She offers tons of personalized hand-stamped jewelry items, and she really makes the most beautiful made-to-last pieces for great prices. I got a 2-disc charm necklace last year with Navi's name and birthdate on it and it is easily one of my favorite jewelry pieces that I own. I also got a similar disc necklace for my mom with mine and my sisters names on it and she loves it. An awesome gift, for sure.

I love this latitude/longitude bracelet from Spiffing Jewelry. I got Chris a more dude-ish version of this bracelet last year with the coordinates of where Navi was born.

The Prudent Advice book is a great "mom" gift.... really its just a great "woman" gift, mom or not.

This One-Line-A-Day memory book is great for a mom of a new baby.

For the mama's of the furry and four-legged kind- a paw print frame. I have a paw print of Mr. Lucky who passed away this last summer and I just love it.

Sentimental gifts for Mother's Day are really where its at... but IN ADDITION to those gushy-heart-exploding type of gifts, you can't go wrong with some Moroccan Oil (aka: the best thing to happen to hair since....a brush? conditioner?) or World's Best Smelling Candle (according to my nose) which is grossly overpriced as far as candles go but one whiff and you'll be a believer too ;).


  1. You hit the nail on the head. I think we all feel like this on days. It is so wonderful to write all of this down so that when you are having a rough day, you can look back at the reminder of what kind of mama you want to be. No one is perfect, you're right. But I think your devotion to being a fantastic mama says a lot about you!

    1. Thank you, Lauren! Reading things like this just really help me to put on my Big-GIrl Pants if I'm having a rough day. It can be so easy for the beautiful little sparks of the everyday to get swallowed up in minor hiccups like an unpleasant car ride, a list of unfinished todos, or a rocky bedtime- writing down those beautiful things really helps me to keep the little hiccups in perspective :)

  2. What a sweet post! I tear myself up trying to be that type of mama, and it never seems to work out that way. This was very inspirational.

    And your pictures are gorgeous! I love taking close ups of my little ones.

    I just found your blog today, and I love it, so I'm a new follower :-)

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Mandy! You're so sweet! I'm happy you're here and I'm so glad that you enjoyed the post- this is one that felt very liberating to write :)

  3. tisse i love your blog.i love to read it and all of the picture's are so beautiful i am so proud of you. you are a great mom and and i love you all so much.

    1. Thanks, Dee! So glad that you found my blog- this way you can see Navi even when you can't "see" her :) xoxo

  4. I LOVE this post! I think every mom can relate to those feelings! Thanks for sharing this!

  5. Such good ideas! I would love a paw print frame and I am so pleased that I'm not the only one our there who loves her dog to that extent... ;)

    1. Haha you're definitely not the only one, Maggy! I totally have an embarrassing amount of photos of my dogs throughout the house- a paw print frame was just a natural progression I guess!

  6. i feel the same way as a mother. i really enjoyed reading it thanks for sharing. stopping by from Casey's

    1. Thanks, Toi... we're definitely all in this motherhood thing together :)... thanks for stopping by!

  7. Awww! Tisse, you are SO this mama! Navi knows it too. This post is the sweetest. Also Navi dancing around in front of the chalk board staircase in those tights...ohhh my, so CUTE!



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