Mother’s day this passed weekend really got me thinking and reflecting on motherhood and then on parenting as a whole. Whether you’re a parent or not, or a mom or dad, hopefully this post will mean something to you.
It all started on Sunday (Mother’s day)
Was it supposed to be a relaxing day?!
… because, let’s be honest, any day with a toddler and an 8 month old, is anything but relaxing! It was a lovely day, but I got bogged down by a 3-going-on-40-year-old who thinks she knows everything and refuses to listen, until I had to discipline her, then she was a little ray of sunshine for all of 27.5 minutes. Then I felt like a bad mom for shouting at her on Mother’s day… haha! It’s honestly a rollercoaster.
Most people born into this world, grow up with the desire to one day have a child of their own. However that baby comes to be, parenting is all the same. Those of you who aren’t parents yet, but want to be – keep reading – maybe this will give you some insight into what you’re in for.
The emotions I have felt as a mother are far beyond anything I could ever have imagined…
There will be extreme joy
Immense sadness, when you feel like you’ve failed
Indescribable tiredness that saps every ounce of energy you may have once taken for granted
Yet somehow you will cope
You will laugh like you’ve never laughed before
Feel heart-exploding pride for your tiny human learning new things
Smile from ear to ear when your little one says something kind or sweet
Get frustrated with your child’s need to do everything themselves (it takes about 45 times longer)
Feel sad when they grow up and don’t need to cuddle or be carried as much
(but also grateful for the full use of your arms)
And most of all, I can’t help but think that I missed out on time… Hannah is almost 4 and it’s gone so quickly. I long for the days when she was a babbling babe learning to walk. Eden is in this phase now and I just want to freeze it. I know that in a short while, she will be all grown up!
So, yes! Being a parent is amazing… I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love our girls so much and I know that these years will go way too quickly and I am trying desperately not to take them for granted, to savour every moment.
Although… I could do with a romantic getaway with just the husband… for now, it’s Frozen on repeat and having to explain what electricity is.
Have a great rest of your week!