My dear Internet friend Sylvie D wrote a post called "Not your typical Mom" today and while reading it, I was inspired to write a bit about my own experience as a mom who is...
Visibly not what people think of when they think "Mom"? Shall we say.
I've never been an entirely normal, typical person.
Okay, maybe when I was 6 years old I looked normal...
I get weird looks.
I get raised eyebrows.
For most of last year I didn't have natural eyebrows - I got even more looks then.
I have a mohawk.. and when I haven't had a mohawk, I've had hair all colors of the rainbow and all kinds of styles.
I have 7 tattoos (right and left inner forearms, right wrist, behind left ear, back of my neck, and the top of my left foot) so far, and while ear piercings are pretty accepted (I have 4) I also have both nostrils and my septum pierced.
My septum piercing was actually my Mother's Day present last year... yep, I got stabbed with a needle to celebrate my "mom-ness" :)
Despite being pretty far from most people's mental image of a stay-at-home mom...
I'm also pretty typical as a mom.
I change my kid's diaper and drink my caffeine in the morning in my comfy pajamas while my preschooler colors and my toddler drives trucks across my legs.
I take my daughter to preschool and get paint on my hands while we do crafts together and watch her playing with her friends.
I try to feed my kids a balance of the foods they like and foods that are good for them - I am seriously good at hiding vegetables in my picky kid's favorite food ;)
I revel in the quiet when they are both asleep and then write blog posts about being their mom...