July 24, 2011
*I wrote this piece two years ago with the intention I would publish it. Better late than never, right?*
Having a daughter is an interesting experience….one that changes on an hourly basis. One minute she is sitting in my lap telling me how much she loves me and saying things like “Happy Mother’s Day,” or “Happy Birthday,” to only be talking back and yelling “NO!” at the top of her lungs. *sigh* Does it get any easier?? When does this crazy yo-yo attitude even out a bit?
And the kicker to it all? I have another child coming in October….What? Oh boy.
You know what my biggest fear is about having another child? I feel as if I am failing at raising the one I already have, so what business do I have bringing another person into the world? Okay, maybe not completely failing, but I do feel as if I come up short a lot of times as a mom. My problem is trying to keep up with what all the “smarties” out there trying to tell me what to do with my child. Have her learn this, make sure she knows that, yadda, yadda, yadda. But you hear that stuff enough and you start to believe it. Like drinking the Kool-Aid.
Well, let’s just hope that God gives me an extra dose of patience for this next child, or maybe for just the one I have now. I certainly will need it while trying to nurse, change, and play with a new baby while keeping a toddler entertained and feeling loved.
For you moms out there wondering how you are going to make it to the next day, here is my advice. Take a deep breath and remember Rome was not built in a day (sometimes it helps to have a glass of Italian wine in hand to really believe this statement.) And for you moms who seem to have this gig under control? Give me some pointers, and quick!
As for Italian wine? Well, my favorite reds tend to come from the Piemonte region, which is located just at the base of the Swiss Alps. Look for wines from Barolo or Barbaresco, or wines made from the Nebbiolo grape. These wines age very well, over decades, and have a spicy fruitiness that holds them unique to the region. Don’t be afraid to try one, most wine and liquor store owners can guide you towards a bottle without completely breaking your budget.
Until next time, cheers!