When I first became a step mom, I had no idea what I was really getting myself into. I don’t think any woman really knows until they become one. I could give you a thousand examples of what it was like at the beginning when things were just EXPECTED out of me, and never asked. I am not a person who needs to be thanked for every single thing they do for someone else, but I am a person who feels if someone went above and beyond their expected duties, they deserve a little recognition, a little appreciation. Well, hate to break it to ya, but being a step mom is probably one of the top thankless jobs. (ugh, I hate calling it a job, but I couldn’t think of another term.) I’m not saying being a mother in general isn’t a thankless job at times, but you gave birth to your little ones, you have another kind of bond and appreciation for each other.
As a step mom I have done just about anything and everything their mom has done for them….besides give birth to them. That’s right. I said it. I did not give birth to my two munchkins, but that doesn’t mean I’m not appreciated and loved by them. Every day I am with them, they tell me they love me. They wrap their little arms around my waist and tell me “Thank you for loving me like you do.” This is coming out of a 6 and 8 year old’s mouth. The appreciation they show me every day makes up for everything I went through in the beginning. All the diapers I changed, the hundreds of loads of laundry, it was all worth it. I can see in their eyes how much they love and appreciate me.
Don’t forget that hubby of mine! He is one amazing dude. The three of us are so lucky to have him in our lives. Since day one, he has always reminded me how much he appreciates what I do for us, and now for our family. He will be the first to admit he couldn’t do this on his own and we are a team. He appreciates me and I appreciate him. I am thankful to be able to walk through this crazy blended life with him!