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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.

Once Again Mother Goose

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by Aaron

Someday I’ll have kids, not now, but until that point in my life I’ll continue enjoying the smiles on the faces of the moms and dads that come into the studio with their own kids for photo shoots. I’ve seen those smiles before, the same smile on my mom’s face the first time I flushed the toilet after going “poopie” on my own. I definitely remember the same smile when submitting art projects during grade school, but most recently I remember the smile on my mom’s face when I returned home after living in Argentina for eight-months.

Through Skype, email, and Whatsapp, it wasn’t hard to paint a picture of my experience in South America, but there’s something about a separation of 5,500 miles that I’m sure didn’t resonate well with my mom. I could have been in California and as long as we were in the same country, it would have reassured her more knowing she didn’t need a visa to visit.

But like an old friend, mom was there greeting me with open arms and an open refrigerator as I walked through the door. The once empty nester had again become mother goose. I’m sure the telling signs that I was leaving the country could be spotted through college when I made friends with the foreign exchange students from Japan, Turkey, China and Argentina. It’s one thing to talk about leaving friends and family behind, but it’s another thing to actually do it.

I could say that my eight-month experience was enlightening (it doesn’t get any more enlightening than walking Machu Picchu), I could say it was humbling (how many times has your 5-year-old sacrificed going to school for working at a food market?), but the most important realization of my trip was understanding how strong the connection I have with my mother truly is. It transcends time and distance and it’s a bond we will share forever.

So as I still remember the many smiles on my mom’s face from little accomplishments when I was a child, I look forward to seeing new ones, as our relationship grows stronger and stronger.

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About Aaron
we'rekidstooaaronAaron is a Product Manager at Step2 and a graduate student, studying Global Communication. While he enjoys reading anything Ken Follett, he also passes his time reading his childhood favorites, like Harry Potter, in Spanish.

My Favorite Superhero

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by Matt

When we were little, we believed that having specials powers made someone a superhero. When we were little, we fell in love with all the superheroes such as Batman, Superman, Spiderman and many more. I too idolized these characters when I was little. I could be found watching all of the major Saturday morning superhero cartoon shows before doing chores (of course). I still enjoy those same superheroes to this day, but there is one superhero I never read about in the comic books, never saw on the cartoon television shows or at the box office. For me, that superhero is my Dad.

As a young boy, my father was constantly instilling his super powers in me. I didn’t know what his super powers were at the time, but I have come to notice them over the past few years, especially now that I have started my journey into the workforce. My father exemplified the habit of always giving his all to everything. He also showed me that in order to have the nice things in life, one has to work hard for them. At first, I didn’t buy into these theories. After all, Batman had nice things and he didn’t work too hard for them.

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But as I get older, I recognize that my dad not only spoke of the habits that bring success, he models them. He has proven that hard work and doing your absolute best, like he always encouraged me to do, will help you succeed in life. He has been very successful at his career and has never failed at anything he has tried. My dad has worked extremely hard to support our family and has always been there for me, especially now as I encounter my first time experiences of adulthood. My father is my strength to work hard and my inspiration to succeed. I now know that my father is the superhero I have always wanted to become. All he’s missing is the cape.

About Matt
BioPhotoMatt is a major sports fanatic. Whether it is cheering on the Cleveland Indians or hitting the links at the local golf courses, he can usually be found browsing for new additions to his baseball card collection. He also enjoys traveling and is hoping to visit all 50 of the United States someday. Matt is a Marketing Associate at Step2.

A Mother’s Love

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A mother’s love cannot be defined. It is one of the most powerful bonds we will ever feel as children and as mothers, ourselves. There are many moms that work here at Step2 and adult children who love to talk about how amazing their moms are. Meet the super moms, sons and daughters of Step2:

mother's day 2_“My mother is a very special woman.  Through my life I’ve had the pleasure of my mother’s love and I’ve also watched her touch people’s lives in countless ways.  She is a very giving, kind and loving woman and I’m so glad and very lucky to have her.  I’m also glad that my daughter has the pleasure of knowing her grandmother.  So here is to my mother and all the mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day!” – Rose (second from left)  Consumer Service Representative and Judy (second from the right) Consumer Service Lead

mother's day 1_“Without my mother, I would never know how to laugh at the silly world we live in.” – Jason (second from left), Art Directorblessedbybrenna“For me, motherhood is seeing the profound value of learning about who your children are, and then encouraging and teaching them to be the best versions of themselves, instead of pushing them to be who you want them to be. It is my hope that this acceptance and unconditional love will empower and strengthen my children as well as foster self-confidence and kindness!” – Courtney, Step2 Ambassador

MeMylesMom_“Being a mom is the most selfless, heart exploding, gut wrenching, instinct driven form of love I will ever experience and I wouldn’t trade it for a second.” – Tena (right), Step Employee

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“Motherhood has made me a less selfish, more flexible and much more patient person. It makes me appreciate the little things and embrace the challenging things. I’m a better person because of it.” – Vanessa, Step2 Ambassador

nicolenmom_“My mom is one of my biggest supporters and without her I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Every time I think of the sacrifices she went through to raise me by herself, I get choked up – she truly is an incredible woman. Even though we may fight sometimes, I love every single thing about her. I love you forever and always, mom.” – Nicole, Internet Marketing Specialist

thiftyniftymommy“I thought motherhood meant giving of myself, but really it’s gaining the world.” – Janessa, Step2 Ambassador

MothersDay_Ashley_“I am blessed to be part of this “elite club” known as motherhood. To me, being a mom means exemplifying the purest form of love and seeing myself through my child’s eyes.” – Ashley, Social Media Manager

kareysdaughters_“To me, motherhood is a sense of responsibility and pride no matter how old your kids get. Every day is an adventure of building memories for a lifetime.” – Karey (not pictured), Step2 Direct Representative

meghanmomandclara_“Motherhood is a privilege and a gift, and I learned that from my mother, who the bedrock of our family is. Don’t take it for granted, and have fun in the process. It can be ridiculous and hilarious, and throughout it all, motherhood reminds you not to take yourself too seriously.” – Meghan (right), Director of Marketing Communications & Licensing

In honor of Mother’s Day, we want to take the time to thank all of the mothers out there for being patient and kind and for giving us the special gift of life. Happy Mother’s Day!