Last night at dinner I had an episode. Our 3-year-old was sitting at his spot at the dinner table being obnoxious — making obnoxious noises, pushing his food around his plate, and telling us he’ll wait to eat his kiwi until he was older. Our 9-month-old was covered in baby food and throwing everything on the floor off her high chair. My nerves.were shot. My son got up from his chair, obnoxiously rounded the table to see his baby sister and totally slipped on a splattering of pureed green beans surrounded by an array of baby spoons on the hardwood floors.

It was just a little laughter at first. But then it grew. And moments later I was doing that deranged, sleep-deprived, burned-out laugh that most parents are familiar with. The kind that makes your eyes tear up and you’re not sure if they’re happy tears or a signal that you’re about to have a meltdown. You know the kind I mean.

So this morning, as a new day has dawned, I thought I’d make a list of all of the reasons I decided to become a stay-at-home mom. I think it’s so important to have moments throughout your weeks and months to recalibrate and reaffirm your decisions in life.

I decided to become a stay at home mom so I could make myself big, gourmet breakfasts every morning.

I decided to become a stay at home mom so I could always stay caught up on laundry.

I decided to become a stay at home mom so my kitchen could always be clean.

I decided to become a stay at home mom so I could create the best Pinterest activities for my kids.

I decided to become a stay at home mom so my kids could always be under my watchful eye.

I decided to be a stay at home mom so I could develop my kids’ natural abilities. Like photography…

I decided to be a stay at home mom because who else would be willing to take ridiculously unflattering selfies with me in the middle of the day?

I became a stay at home mom because I felt called to it and because I knew that someday I’d have people in my life who could relate to the insanity and the beauty of the life of a mom…people who would also appreciate satire when they saw it 🙂