Once upon a time, her payment was in visits to fancy hotels, exotic destinations, a la carte steak houses.
Then she gave birth.
Now her payment is in kissing boo-boos. Giggles trickling down the hall. Toddler obstacles overcome. A full-night's sleep.
When once her payment was monetary, with an occasional $$$$ bonus, now her payment is in cuddle-time, kisses, "I love you soooo much, momma!" declarations, in watching as the little people that sprang forth from her womb suddenly make their own decisions, and they are the RIGHT ones.
A mother's paycheck may not seem glamorous to those who have not been on the payroll, but to those in the biz, the bonuses are the all the payoffs needed to endure the dirty, stinky, icky messes that occur more often than not.