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And now a true test of motherhood. Answer honestly how you would handle the following scenario:

It’s midnight, you’ve just gotten the baby to sleep after hours of effort, and your four-year old enters the room wailing. Do you:

a. Run to him asking what you can do to make it better.

b. Poke your husband awake and tell him to help his son.

c. Try to soothe him without getting up, all the while trying to quietly yell at him not to wake the baby.

d. All of the above.

If you answered D, you’re probably a real mom. Not a wonder mom (see answer A.) Not a tired all the time mom (see answer B.) And not an all the time meanie mom (see answer C.) You are a true hybrid. You’re tired and mean and a wonder mom. You just can’t be all things to all people all the time.

So, it was midnight. He did wake up screaming. He did wake the baby. And now we’re trying not to wake the rest of the family. Bath time it is. Motrin first.  We start the bath and the four-year old clamors in. His leg hurts so bad he’s limping. I rub his leg and that’s when things start resembling a bad teenage date. “Higher” he says. “Higher.” By this time, I’ve rubbed all the way to the top of his leg. Then, he points at you know what and says “it hurts too, Mommy. Rub it!” I may be a mean mom, but that’s where I draw the line!

We finally got to bed, but not to sleep, after a bowl of cereal and some cartoons. I didn’t bother looking at the clock.

Welcome to Mom Land.

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