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Like you, We’re Moms Too. We get excited for their first tooth, first step, first day of school and first love. Here, we share our stories about motherhood.

The Lessons of Parenthood

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Written by Melisa as a part of the We’re Moms Too series

When you first become a parent, you feel so many emotions.  You’re scared because you are responsible for another’s life and making sure he or she is safe at all times.  You’re excited that you have created a beautiful baby that you get to love and teach right from wrong and you vow that you will do all that you can to ensure your child has the happiest, healthiest life they can.

You teach by example, reminded by what you learned growing up, remembering what you did and didn’t like.  You make mistakes that you learn from and vow to never make again, especially if you are lucky enough to have another child.

You carry on traditions that you hold near and dear.  I too carried on traditions with my children.  I spoke of Santa Claus, the tooth fairy and the Easter Bunny and played the parts too.  As I played each part, I was rewarded as I watched the joy wash over their faces as the tooth fairy received hugs and kisses.

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When my daughter was about 10-years-old, she and I were in the car going somewhere.  Out of the blue, she asked me if there was a Santa Claus.  I was caught off guard and asked her what she thought.  She said no.  I told her that she was correct and that he wasn’t real.  I thought I was doing the right thing by telling her the truth.  She became very angry and hurt, yes hurt – I remember to this day the next words that came out of her mouth – YOU LIED TO US!  I was devastated; I had never meant to cause her any type of pain.  I was only carrying on the tradition that I had grown up with.  She then asked about the Easter Bunny and tooth fairy and I was forced to tell her that they weren’t real either.  It took her a few minutes to process and understand why I did what I did, but from that day forward, I did not speak of Santa, the tooth fairy or the Easter Bunny.

You also treasure the unforgettable moments, like when my daughter saw a black and white picture of me and said “Mom, you were born before color?”  Or when my son asked me to marry him when he was four-years-old.

You come across many bumps along the way that make you wonder if you will survive parenthood, especially the teenage years, but you will and you do.

All of these things you do with the hope that your children will grow up to be responsible human beings who are successful and happy in their journey through life.  I’m proud to say, I did survive and succeeded at parenthood.   I have two beautiful children and two beautiful stepchildren, who have graduated from high school and college and are all pursuing their careers.   They are also the first to stand by me and help me through any difficult times.

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About Melisa
2009_09230041Melisa is a Senior Human Resource Generalist at Step2. When she is not “encouraging” her husband to remodel their house, she spends her time shopping for jewelry, camping in her RV, discovering new wineries and reading.

Slobbery Kisses

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Written by Ashley S. as a part of the We’re Moms Too series. 

When my husband Patrick and I moved into together, we knew we wanted a pet to add to our family. We worked opposite shifts, so we felt getting a dog would offer both of us great companionship considering we wouldn’t see each other much more than every other weekend. Being a big guy at 6’1” and 250 lbs., Patrick has always wanted a big dog, an Irish Wolfhound named Regan to be exact, to match his mighty stature. At a mere 5’0”, I was not so sure about his aspirations, and luckily, we initially moved in to a townhouse where the weight limit on pets was only 20 lbs. We got right to work and scoured the local paper for puppies for sale, and we finally found an ad that caught our fancy – Puggles!

We called the lady up, and to our luck, she still had a few left. We were sooooo excited about this that we left right then and there to go pick up a new family member – a family member, as in singular. After spending just a few minutes with the three puppies that were left, Patrick literally begged me to say yes to leaving with two, reminding me that two of these guys were still smaller than one Wolfhound. And then the runt of the litter tugged my heartstrings, hard…he gave me those big, sad puppy dog eyes. I mean how could I say no to that teeny tiny guy?! I just couldn’t. So, we left with two new family members. And, in an ode to Patrick’s dream of one day owning an Irish Wolfhound, we gave them Irish names, Dublin and Finnegan; fitting, right?!

Fast forward five years. We bought a house, now have a decent sized yard, but we still work opposite shifts. Patrick started hinting that he wanted to expand our family, but with another pet, a big pet. A big pet that would only benefit me — that could protect me in our house when he is not home. (I’d like to think I can take care of myself just fine, but I got his point.) Patrick started looking at online ads for puppies, but I was still unsure about getting another dog; I felt two was good for us. So instead, he started looking at some rescue shelters, where he could go visit the dogs and play with them. He showed me couple of dogs he “just wanted to meet”, and I willingly said yes thinking that playing with some big dogs would get this whole “getting another pet” thing out of his system. WRONG. I should have known from that last time we came home with not one, but two puppies. He visited a shelter while I was at work, and about an hour after I knew he’d be there, I called him to see if he had fun. He didn’t answer his phone, OK, no biggie; I’d just call him on my lunch break. Noon came, and again, he didn’t answer…

I call again about a half hour later, and I hear an overly enthusiastic Patrick on the other end; in that moment, I knew I was now a mom to another dog. As it turns out, more like almost a dog – an 18-month-old puppy. I began to prepare myself for meeting a new family member. What I wasn’t prepared for was the tiny horse that came galloping out of Patrick’s truck, with drool hanging 18” off his jowels and a head as big as a watermelon — a 125 lbs. Bull Masstiff. I have to admit, I was initially intimidated by his massive size. I slowly walked over to him, giving my husband the “don’t’-you-dare-let-go-of-that-leash” look. Once I reached this massive puppy, I went over to pet him, and instead, ended up with slobbery mush- mouth kisses all over my pants and face. That was all it took, I was totally in love. We renamed him Frank the Tank, and we now have three loving dogs who keep us laughing at their very different personalities, keep us warm and snuggly in the winter and keep us forever cleaning up loving kisses of drool and slobber.

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About Ashley S.
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Ashley is a Pinterest project-oholic, an avid crotcheter and a cake decorator wannabe. She is a “dog mom” to three precious pups, Dublin, Finnegan and Frank the Tank, and loves to come home to their wagging tails and slobbery kisses at the end of the day. Ashley is a Brand Manager at Step2.

Valentine’s Day Crafts and Traditions

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Written by Tonia as a part of the We’re Moms Too series

Picture it…Valentine’s Day…1980 something.  Excitement fills the classroom as you enter with your book bag stuffed with cards you carefully selected and addressed for your classmates.    Gleefully you walk around the room dropping them into each hand-crafted mailbox.  Later in the day, room moms would magically appear with heart shaped cookies and punch and, if you were lucky, the class might get to play a Valentine themed game.

Sweet memories….

Fast forward to the modern day.  My kids are in elementary school and the Valentine cards and mailboxes are far more elaborate and so are their parties.  Pizza, snacks, goody bags and games occupy these little ones for the last hour of their school day before this holiday.  My favorite part of class parties are the crafts.  Usually it’s a cute idea that was plucked from thousands of pins on Pinterest.  Thanks to this wonderful website, parents everywhere have creative ideas at their fingertips.  Have a boat load of toilet paper rolls you need to re-purpose, why not make some Valentine owls?  Do you have kids who love the Minions?  Make their Valentine mailbox into a Minion!  The possibilities are endless.

{click on the images to be directed to the instructions for each craft}

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Fox Valentine Pretzel hearts

This year we made the fox out of hearts!Valentine's Day Crafts
What are your favorite Valentine crafts?

About Tonia:
toniaTonia is a wife, mom of three energetic kiddos and two four legged friends who enjoys quiet walks in the aisles of Target.   Born and raised in the Cleveland area, she is a sports fanatic who loves all things Nashville.  Tonia is the Digital Analyst at Step2.