Jenni Odom // Motherhood

Jenni Odom. Wife, mama, and coffee enthusiast.  Mother of River who just turned 2 and she is currently a stay at home mom. She says  "It's the hardest and most rewarding thing I have ever done!"

What does the role of "mother" mean to you? 

The role of mother means everything to me. It has become so much of my identity it is hard to separate myself from the meaning. I don't remember what life was like before I became a mom. My world has forever and completely changed since having my son. Motherhood is characterized for me by daily successes and daily failures and being able to learn from both. The type of mother I strive to be, the one that I was incredibly lucky to have, is one that is selfless, kind, present, compassionate, strong, and most of all loving when it is easy to love and loving when it is hard.   

What is the best advice you have ever received when it comes to motherhood?

 I feel as if I have been so lucky to be surrounded by such amazing women and moms who have given me such valuable advice, but the best has been to trust my own instinct and do what I know is best for my child. The beautiful thing about motherhood is that there are so many ways to do it right! I will inevitably do some things differently for my child than others would do and that is ok.  

How do you like to spend days with your little one? 

Our days generally follow a loose schedule which I have found really helps the days go smoothly. The mornings are all about getting as much energy expelled as possible! We take advantage of the public library programs in our area, go to Gymboree, swim lessons, the park, take the dogs for a walk, have playdates, or venture out to the Perot or Zoo when possible. Our afternoons revolve around a good nap and then counting down the minutes until Papa gets home from work. Every day with him is a new adventure and I really just try to soak up every second with him.

What do you find most important in your role as a mother? 

The weight of this role at times feels crushing. The realization that everything my husband and I do directly impacts the shaping of this tiny, beautiful human is wild to think about. I want to model for my son the type of woman that will be deserving of his love one day. I want to be his greatest cheerleader and biggest advocate. I want to teach him love and empathy for others. I want to be unafraid to apologize to him when I make mistakes. I want to model a healthy and loving marriage for him. I want to help build his confidence and also teach him the importance of humility. I want to show him the interests and passions I have that aren't related to being his mom (is that what balance is?). Above all else as a Mother, I want to be his home and his safe place.  

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