Being a mom is hard work!
That goes without saying.
I’ve been sleep deprived, hungry, beyond exhausted, cranky, moody and along with that: happy, super in love, renewed and so proud of my little guy.
But can I just say… when you see a baby or a kid crying/throwing a tantrum… give that mom a look like “girl, I get ya!” and smile. Does WONDERS for her, I know for me when someone does that I feel ready to tackle Ollie’s screams in public.
Mother’s day is rolling around and it got me thinking about the past year. I’ve been a mother for almost a year now and it’s SO HARD. Every single moment I feel like I have to be on guard watching Ollie. He gets himself into so much trouble and danger that I can’t look away for a second. (Not even for the bathroom!)
I had such a hard time managing cooking or simple dish washing that I have now put him in the ergo while I do these things. Usually, side carry… and he enjoys it! Now… how am I going to pee? haha (He knows how to climb out of the crib, no… I am not kidding)
And even though it is so tough, rough and utterly exhausting. I love my little man. I know some people are not baby or kid people but I love his giggles and babbling. I think about how my life was before Ollie, how I wanted nothing more than to be a mom. Thoughts about my years of fertility struggles give me strength every day and I am thankful to remember those hard times.
The hubby gave me an early present for Mother’s Day (and my birthday, wedding anniversary): a pair of gorgeous earrings. My MIL accidentally threw away my earrings after Ollie was born and the hubs felt awful because I wore them every day since he bought it for me. It was painful because they were diamond studs and not exactly cheap. But I have a new pair of earrings that he bought me that I will never take off. Thanks hubby! Even though I said that I had everything that I wanted and didn’t need a gift , he still got it for me knowing I always missed those earrings!
So yeah. Motherhood is hard. I want to give every mother I see a hug when I see them. And I have to say, even with the struggles and how taxing it has been on my body… I love it and has taught me so much about myself. How much I still have to grow and how much I am able to love.
If you have a mom and she is great, I envy you! Go give your mom a hug and tell her you appreciate her.