Great Expectations: Bees With Honey

Bruna of Bees With Honey is an elementary school teacher, wife of a handsome blonde, and mom of three gorgeous girls.

She does Mama Teach Us features that focus on some educational aspect of parenting like colors, numbers, shapes, etc. It’s a fantastic resource for parents (or guardians) looking for good ways to teach the little ones (I think it’ll be great for me when I’m looking for things to do with the three year old during the day). Plus, she has a brand new blog for teachers and teacher-types, called A Savvy Teacher.

Bruna is an outdoor-loving, active woman, loyal friend, and amazingly hands-on mama. She’s pretty, and funny, and a joy to know in this online world.

Welcome, Bruna!

It’s funny how when you’re a kid growing up, you see the world one way and then when you become an adult; you view the world very differently.

Now I wear mommy shades and see a whole other world I never knew existed.

Sure I saw all of the hard work and effort my mom put into raising my sisters and I.
Sure I saw her grumpy and tired every now and then.
Sure she lost her patience with us when we would argue over toys, clothes or time in the bathroom.
Sure she never went out for dinner with my dad or to see a movie or spend any quality time together.
Sure she was always cleaning, cooking, washing, folding, organizing and managing

But … she made it all look easy.  At least that’s the way it seemed to me while wearing my kid glasses.

Not so easy when you’re looking through mommy shades.

As a teenager, I always said that when I became a mother, I was going to be a kick-ass one. I was going to be cool, fun, laid back and stylish.  I was going to be a less grumpy mother than my mom. I was going to be the best mom ever.

Silly kid glasses! Oh how you distorted my perception of reality.

Once I was awarded my mommy shades, I learned the truth.

The Truth about Motherhood.

No one ever told me that once I became a mother …

I would never be able to do my business in the bathroom without an audience.

I would never sleep the same or get enough sleep again.

I would never have a moment to myself.

I would be sweeping the kitchen floor 100x a day, picking up toys 50x a day and washing dirty, stinky clothes every day.

I would be grumpy from lack of sleep and having to chase after kids all day long.

I would miss adult conversation.

I would have to schedule having a shower.

My stylish wardrobe would consist of t-shirts, yoga pants and my hair in a pony-tail.

A trip to the grocery store by myself would feel like winning the lottery.

But most of all, no one told me that once I became a mother … a simple little smile could melt my heart and bring a tear to my eye.

Bees With Honey
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18 Responses to Great Expectations: Bees With Honey

  1. Mama and the City says:

    It feels like I settle for the very first things I used to have issues with to beggin with. Awesome when looking back. Lol

  2. Bruna says:

    Thanks Nadia, for coming over to Greta's to read about my great expectation! Muahhh! xoxo

  3. Alison says:

    So very true, Bruna! Great post.

  4. angela says:

    It's so true that what we thought it would be like and what it is like are different — so much harder but so much more rewarding as well.

  5. Bruna is spot on. Going to the grocery store alone does feel like winning the lottery.

  6. bocafrau says:

    Awww. So sweet Bruna and oh so true!!! Gotta love those mommy shades! :)

  7. Bruna says:

    Mommy shades are definitely cool. The only time you take them off is when the kids are at school or they've gone to bed for the night, right?

  8. Julia says:

    Yes life is so not what I expected with the mommy shades on. loved your list of things no one told you.

  9. Farrah says:

    I really had a hard time looking at my parents after I became a mother. So much of what I thought was right and wrong was really something else- and to boot I realized they weren't as perfect as I once thought. What a mind warp motherhood really is!

  10. Amanda says:

    So true! I knew exactly what kind of mom I was going to be until I became one. Now I STILL don't know what kind of mom I am! :)