Our curator this month, Bridget Hunt from It’s a Hunt Life, has had a unique journey into and through motherhood. While many of us have had a more traditional transition into motherhood, many of us have not. Read along as Bridget shares some insight on motherhood and life in general in a very realistic way.
Tell us briefly about how you and your husband met.
My husband and I met when I was his student in college! There was nothing scandalous about it, really. We began dating a few years later when he lost his wife to cancer and I became their babysitter. That was almost ten years ago!
You became a mother right away—as soon as you were married! Tell us a little bit about your adjustment into motherhood.
Being both a mother and a wife is all I've ever known. We've never had an empty house! Our road has had its share of challenges and triumphs to be sure. Figuring out how to parent different ages, how to parent at all! My husband and I have gone to many counseling sessions over the years and talked ad nauseum about how to navigate it all. It's extra tricky because William and Lindsey really consider me Mom while Nathaniel and Jordan consider me more of a stepmom. Plus, our two youngest are my biological children. It's messy but mostly fun. Happy to say we've found our normal (even if that normal is constantly changing).
How has your views and thoughts on motherhood evolved throughout the years as you have raised your step-children and added children of your own to your family.
My motherhood journey has been unconventional to say the least. I think (I hope?!) I'm getting better all the time. I'm learning to be less selfish, to be more patient, to take things less personally. And sometimes, just when I think I've learned whatever lesson, it all changes! I think being a mother is about the greatest gig in the world, and it definitely forces me to become a better human being. Kids demand it! They're my greatest gifts, without a doubt.
How are you similar to your own mother? How are you different?
I'm more similar to my own mother than I am different! At least, I think so. She's generous with her time and with her love. I'm trying to be more like her in that arena. She's also really healthy. I find myself badgering my kids on their sugar consumption and it's like my own Mom is speaking through me! I indulge in desserts with my kids a little more than she did though (because kids will find the sugar one way or another! Might as well be a decent dessert with you than sneaking to the nearest convenient store and buying a bunch of candy, right? Not that I did that as a kid or anything...).