My custom-made Mommy suit

Last night, bedtime was absolute chaos.  My boys were both full of energy and giggles.  I still don't know what was so funny about putting on pajamas, but I guess I'm just too old to get it.

Anyway, as I was listening to my goofy little boys laughing at each other, I was thinking, "Well, I can give up some sleep to hear this."   Right after that thought, it occurred to me that "give up" means sacrifice.  Some sacrifice.

So I decided that I was going to "exchange" sleep for giggles.  You know, how you exchange an okay sweater for one that you love?  (Yes, a shopping analogy.  Did you read my bio?)

That's how I feel about being a parent.  I exchanged  my business suits, actually, my whole professional persona, regular sleep, and nights out with no babysitter, for this Mommy suit.  And even though my Mommy suit often consists of sweats, a ponytail, and no makeup, it fits so much better.

There are days when I'm amazed that my hair isn't gray, or I'm so tired I think I might fall asleep standing up.  But at the end of every single day, I know I wouldn't trade one minute of my time with these little guys for anything.

Parenting is hard.  No kidding, right?  But I'm going to try, really hard, to remember that sacrifice is the wrong word entirely.  I chose this path, I love this life, and it was the best exchange I ever made.

I know it's almost Easter, and Thanksgiving has been here and done that, but take a minute to hug your kiddos (even at their worst) and be grateful for your perfectly tailored Mommy, or Daddy, or grandparent suit.

And if you're like me, give thanks that you never have to worry about what to wear anymore, either.