There are a lot of moments throughout this journey of motherhood that may seem so much less than appealing to the general public. I’m talking about the moments filled with tantrums, constant messes, poopy diapers, and excessive sleep deprivation. Im talking about the times when wearing make up and taking showers feel like a distant memory. Sometimes a series of rough moments can cause you to wish the days or “phases” away.
Then you hear, “It goes by so fast! Enjoy it!”
It feels like I’ve heard these words from just about every person with grown children, ever. Though, they truly never annoy me. I love them. They are the most beautiful reminder to me. The part about it going fast has already proven to be incredibly true. It breaks my heart how fast it goes and we’re only 2 years in. The part about “enjoying it” is my never-ending quest.
I strive to enjoy motherhood everyday. I’m a far from perfect mother but one thing I try my best at is enjoying my kids at every age and every stage. I treasure their laughter and sweet hugs. I promise myself I won’t forget their little voices or their perfect sleeping faces. I try my best to let the tough moments fade away and the beautiful moments sink in. I don’t need to be convinced that I’ll miss this. I already do. I miss when Emmy used to wake up jumping up and down in her crib so excited to see me each morning or the words she couldn’t pronounce only a month ago. Life definitely speeds up once you have kids, as you watch their lives go by in what feels like a flash.
So, I’ll continue on my never-ending quest to enjoy these little loves as much as I possibly can… to make every day with them unforgettable, to store up enough memories of their sweetness so when I’m old I can say I enjoyed it all.
I ran into a stash of advice from my baby shower with Emmy and had the best time re-reading everyones words of wisdom. One in particular brought tears to my eyes and seemed like the perfect directions for “enjoying it” from Angie’s mother-in-law, Kim. Her note read, “Enjoy every moment. Make memories~ often. Create traditions. Laugh~ a lot. Be silly with her. Snuggle every chance you get. Let her make mistakes and learn from them. Love her like there’s no tomorrow. Teach her God’s love. Realize she’s a gift and when you look into her face, you see the very face of God.”
If anyone has any advice on how to freeze children, let me know. I’m going to figure out a way if it’s the last thing I do. So far the best I’ve got is pictures and videos and I think I’m doing pretty well on that front. 😉