There are always descriptions of heartfelt, touching moments where women "knew they were a mom." Looking at their babies' faces as they sleep, holding them for the first time...all of these are fine and good, but I have compiled a list of personal experiences that have let me know I've truly entered the world of mommyhood.
You know you're a mom when...
...you dig boogers out of your child's nose with your pinky nail, and then wait for the child to fall asleep before you get up to dispose of said boogs on a tissue. What? It's just baby snot...
...you fall asleep sitting up with a baby attached to your boob (granted, we are formula feeding now, but this happened a LOT in those first few weeks).
...you get spit up in your hair and just rinse it out in the sink.
...you can perform the following tasks with one hand: making a sandwich, eating the sandwich, making coffee, preparing a bottle, putting clothes away in a drawer, feeding the cat, retrieving mail, putting on socks, changing batteries in the baby swing. Bonus points: texting/emailing with one thumb.
...you automatically wake up when your child has slept for more than four hours because you realize you've been sleeping too long and obviously something must be wrong.
...you manage not to wreck your car as you reach into the back seat to stick a lost pacifier in your screaming child's mouth.
...you somehow juggle a carseat, diaper bag, purse, bag of bottles and your lunchbag in one trip to/from the car.
There you have it. I've officially been initiated into mommyhood - no turning back now! Other mommies - what have been your "Yup, I'm a mom" moments?