I just got back from grocery shopping. It's been a lot longer than I care to admit. But as I was wandering aisles with my two youngest kids and then later as I was filling the pantry and fridge with food, I felt like a real mom.
I know I AM a mom. Everyday, I'm a mom. But there are certain things I do that make me feel more motherly, I suppose. Oddly enough, that list doesn't include wiping noses and bums or even doing laundry.
The things that make me feel more like a real mom are things like grocery shopping. Or driving carpool. Going to after-school activities and parent/teacher conferences. And check-ups at the pediatrician. I don't know why those are the things that make my list. I'm guessing it has something to do with how I felt as a child, while watching my own mom do those things.
What about you? What makes you feel like a real mom/dad? Or if you don't have kids, what makes you feel like you've officially "grown up"?