Saturday, January 30, 2016
This is Motherhood
This is motherhood.
It is endless worrying and following your gut instincts despite your toughest critics.
It's knowing that you and you alone know your child better than anyone else.
It's allowing your child to be weak, so her body can tell you what it needs to be strong again.
It's accepting that Tylenol and home treatments don't always fix everything, and that it's ok to ask for help when you don't know what to do next.
It's never going down without a fight.
Motherhood is sleepless nights and mornings that are fueled on the adrenaline of parenting and three sips of coffee.
It's finding time to make your child look "cute" for the trip to the doctor's office while you opt for a pony tail, jeans, your favorite hoodie, and not a ounce of make up.
It's nodding in the doctor's office to terms you don't understand and pretending to grasp how to administer meds you've never given.
It's multiple trips to the doctor for the same thing, and understanding that sometimes a trip to the hospital is necessary.
Motherhood is going hungry even when you don't realize it.
It's trying to drink the same glass of tea for the last 8 hours.
It's putting your needs on hold for the needs of the child in front of you.
Motherhood is knowing that the "hard days" don't just end after they get out of diapers.
It's understanding that God will stretch you and your strength beyond the first two years.
That sometimes 6 is hard; and so is 12; and probably 18.
It's the realization that your baby will always be your "baby".
And that's ok.
Even if other's disagree.
Motherhood is snuggles on the couch and knowing the dishes can wait.
It's the fact that sometimes days with too much TV are necessary for survival.
It's letting them have popcorn for dinner when they haven't been able to eat in 2 days, because you are just excited that they finally asked for something.
It's realizing that pajama days are vital, even when no one is sick.
Motherhood is Friday night bubble baths and more than one glass of wine after an extremely long day.
It's giving yourself permission to feel human after nurturing and caring for a little human all day.
It's remembering that the woman you are is just as important as the mother you are.
And that's ok too.
Yeah. Motherhood is so many things.
It is hard, and raw, and oh so merciless at times.
Motherhood is honesty and selflessness in its purest form.
It is never easy, and there will be days when it will require more from you than what you think you are capable of.
But, trust me, it's in those moments when you will truly surprise yourself.
Because at the end of the day when tired little eyes look at you and whisper, "I love you", it's in those moments that you are reminded of one thing...
That motherhood is always beautiful.
Even on it's messiest days.