Why We Love Being a Mom

My Baby Loves Me No Matter What

"My favorite time of day is when my 6-month-old baby girl first wakes up. She always lifts her head to look me straight in the eye and beams her contagious little smile, as if this person is trying to say, 'Mommy, I'm so excited to see you.'" -- Molly Hochstettler, South Bend, IN

"My daughter is the first thing I think about when I wake up and the last thing I think about before going to bed. The way she looks into my eyes or when she comes running toward me to give me a hug or ask me to read her a story just melts my heart." -- Jennifer Thompson, City withheld

"I could be in sweatpants and a T-shirt with my hair in a ponytail and I know when my son looks at me all he sees is 'Mommy,' and that he loves me with all his heart." -- Gina Iannantone, Aurora, IL

"Not a day goes by that I don't wonder how my husband and I ever got along without our kids. My former life seems so boring! The way my youngest daughter laughs when I pick her up, the look of wonder on my older daughter's face when she discovers a leaf -- it's bliss! How can you have a bad day when two of the most precious children on the planet love you even when you're not the prettiest, smartest, or slimmest person?" -- Michelle Curth, Chesapeake, VA

"Before I had my daughter, when I thought about motherhood, I thought of breastfeeding, sleep deprivation, and diapers. While those things are obviously a huge part of mothering, they are merely physical aspects. What took me by surprise is the way I feel when I just sit and stare at her playing across the room, or when I tell her 'Good job, sweet pea' when she accomplishes yet another task she has tried so hard to conquer. Or the way her face lights up when I walk into a room because I am her world and she is mine. Being a mother is like taking your heart out of your chest and watching it walk around." -- Maria Norris, Holly Springs, NC

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