I’d just finished a long week. It was busy, and by Saturday, it seemed like my patience was shorter than it had ever been. I was tired. I was easily frustrated. I wanted one of those much needed breaks. I sat on the couch, with my house in some form of disarray and just decided to do nothing. I pulled out my phone, emotionally and physically exhausted, and started scrolling only to find myself on one of those silly find-a-words. You know, the ones that are meant to describe your year, or your life, or your relationship, or in this case my motherhood. These are the first words that I saw:
Motherhood. It’s beautiful. The slobbery kisses of a toddler. Watching your baby experience EVERYTHING for the first time. Who knew pumpkins could be so exciting? (I never knew until I carved a pumpkin with a one-year-old.) Seeing those first steps, so shaky, and so unsure, but so empowering to a child. Hearing those first words, and being able to stand back in awe of this entirely new, perfect individual who suddenly had a voice. There are so many things we can marvel at in this world, but no painting, no landscape, no architecture, no music, no words, are as beautiful as living life through the eyes of a child. Motherhood is beautiful.
Motherhood is challenging. You are constantly needed. You are constantly filling little tummies. You are constantly changing diapers (SO MANY DIAPERS). You are constantly rocking a sleepy baby. You are constantly comforting. You are constantly giving love. You are constantly tired to the point of exhaustion. You are constantly waking up at night to your own worries or their cries. You are constantly wondering if you gave enough, played enough, hugged enough, and loved enough. You have never given so much of yourself before, but you have also never loved someone so unconditionally. It’s challenging because you have never wanted five minutes to yourself more in your life, but in those quiet moments, you find yourself thinking of the little ones that constantly fill your arms and your heart.
Motherhood looks different to each of us. You might have one kid, five kids, kids close together, kids far apart, or waiting and waiting for your little one to arrive. You may be looking back at your early motherhood, or anxiously waiting for it to arrive. Motherhood might come naturally to you, or it might frighten you to the core. Whatever your motherhood journey is right now, it is, and will be, beautifully challenging for you. Nothing will surprise you more. Nothing will test you more. Nothing will shape you more. Nothing will give you more. Nothing will bless you more than your beautifully challenging motherhood, 100% unique to you.
And no one can do it quite like you can. Love yourself. Love your babies. Allow yourself to experience your motherhood in your own beautifully challenging way.
Lacey is a young stay-at-home mama of two little girls. She enjoys all things outdoors including, kayaking, hiking, and camping (but only in an RV). She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Marriage and Family Studies, and loves learning about how relationships function. She lives for spending free time with her husband, Hunter, having late night chats, and enjoying life’s little moments.
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