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It's My Baby and I'll Cry If I Want to: 10 Weird Things That Make Me Cry Now that I’m a Mom

By Meredith Carroll |

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I'm a mom; pass the Kleenex

Blame it on the hormones all you want. But I’m 9 months postpartum, most of the pregnancy hormones have long since skipped town, yet here I am on a semi-regular basis, still weeping. See also: sobbing. Blubbering. Wailing.

Not because I’m sad. Or not always, anyway. It’s just that I have this precious, little baby and when I see the world through her eyes, or I think of her through the world’s eyes, I tend to get a bit teary. Or at lot. Depending on what it is.

The things that set me off are a bit stranger than I ever imagined. Here are the 10 biggest triggers that make me cry just because I’m a mom:

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I'm a mom; pass the Kleenex

When I listen to commencement speeches

There are funny graduation speakers, poignant ones and boring ones. The one thing they have in common? They all make me bawl. Not because of anything they’re necessarily saying. But because I watch them knowing someday it’ll be my baby wearing that cap and gown, sitting on a metal folding chair listening to someone of note preach clichés for 7 minutes too long while I’m craning my neck to get a good look at my daughter walk across the stage and receive her diploma.
We might be nearly two decades away from her leaving home for college, and even longer until she graduates college, but it’s as if the emotional tsunami hits in advance — for practice, maybe? — whenever I see or read about one of those damn 5-hanky speeches.

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Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “It's My Baby and I'll Cry If I Want to: 10 Weird Things That Make Me Cry Now that I’m a Mom

  1. Jessica says:

    I absolutely agree with you on all of these – especially the news (I can barely watch it anymore) but I’d like to add that I love to read but it’s affected my choice of books too and tv (any momma out there who watched Private Practice this last season knows what I mean – there was crying and it was not pretty). I would like to add to the animated movies… Nemo… ooh emm gee… heartbreaking.

  2. n says:

    i totally agree with the baby of mine scene in dumbo! lion king is my favorite movie of all time, and that same scene where mufasa falls from the cliff, then simba goes “dad, wake up”…. have you seen mulan too? that scene when mulan’s dad takes the scroll and walks back into the house slightly limping but refusing his cane from mulan’s mom….. my heart breaks…

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