Like a Mother

Parents (USA) - - Let’s Get Real - —Marisa Ial­lonardo

When did you know you’d fully em­braced #Mom­life?

“When I started re­fer­ring to my­self in the third per­son, as ‘Mama,’ even when I was alone. The first time I did it, I was driv­ing to a cof­fee shop while my 3-mon­thold was with her dad, and I said, out loud, ‘Mama did a great job park­ing!’” —Caolan Mad­den; Brook­lyn, New York

“When I no longer felt em­bar­rassed at work that I al­ways had some left­over spit-up on my shoul­der.” —Laura San­ders; Lakeville, Min­nesota

“I knew I’d em­braced mom life when I ac­tu­ally started look­ing for­ward to mid­dle-of-the-night snug­gles. Pre-kids, sleep was ev­ery­thing.” —Tara Condon; Darien, Con­necti­cut

“When I took a call from my boss while in­side a bouncy cas­tle.” —Jen­nifer Dip­i­lato; Ram­sey, New Jersey

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