Thanks to Gymboree for sponsoring this conversation. As always, opinions are 100% my own.
As a mom of a 2 1/2 year old and an 11 month old, I’m just in the beginning of this motherhood journey. Here’s my truth – let me know if it resonates with you as well:
It’s messy. When I say messy, I mean, my floors are always dirty. My shirt always has some kind of food remnant on it. My house always looks like a small bomb has gone off or a tornado has gone through it. My hair is about 90% dry shampoo. My mind is even messy – I can’t compose a clear thought for the life of me.
It’s tiring. Oh, is it tiring. I thought I knew the definition of “tired” before I had kids, but I didn’t have a clue. Tired isn’t an adequate word for it – exhaustion is a little bit closer to the truth. It’s not just the sleepless nights, but it’s because you’re fully needed by little people every minute of every hour of every day.
It’s lonely. So much of your day is spent investing in these little kids who just can’t give you the companionship you crave. Play dates help, but the majority of your time as a mom is spent looking into the faces of these babies who need you and only you.
It’s thankless. You don’t get a pat on the back for rocking your baby to sleep for the third time that night. You don’t get a bonus when you successfully potty train your child. You don’t get recognition when you get your toddler to eat their vegetables.
Motherhood is hard. It’s messy, tiring, lonely, and thankless. But this may be the only time in your life that you are your child’s entire world. They don’t have the words to say this, but…
You’re their hero. Every time you rescue their ball from the tree, reach something from that high cabinet, or make the basket from across the room – you’re solidifying your hero status.
You’re their safe place. You kiss away what hurts, wipe away their tears, and they trust you with their whole heart.
You’re their guide. They’re watching you. Every moment of every day. That’s terrifying! I pray every single day that my actions can point them towards Jesus, because the saying is so true that “more is caught than taught”. I pray they catch even the smallest glimpse of God’s love through mine.
You’re theirs. Mommy. There is no substitute. You’re it. As tiring and scary as that is, it’s also the highest honor. Motherhood is an incredible calling that has us put our children’s needs above our own all day every day. What an incredible gift, what a daunting task, and what a high calling. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never cried harder, laughed louder, or loved deeper than I have while being a mom to my babies.
So happy Mothers Day, mommas. Grab up your kids in the biggest hug while you can still fit them comfortably on your lap. Enjoy this stage, because it will be gone before we know it. Find joy in every day, because there’s so much to be joyful about in this messy stage of life!
Thanks to Gymboree for these adorable outfits – and for reminding us to embrace the joy in this journey (share your #OneBigHappy moments across social media)
We’ll be wearing these outfits while we celebrate Mother’s Day with my own mom, because when you’re 30 and a mom to little ones, you sometimes just want to hang out with your own mom. 🙂
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Thanks again to Gymboree for sponsoring this conversation. As always, opinions are 100% my own.