Today I Was A Mom And That Was More Than Enough

As the mom of a young child and another on the way, I frequently reflect upon my days at home and wonder what I spend so much time doing; often days it doesn’t feel like much.

Today I prepared a few untouched meals.

I read a handful of brightly colored books.

I washed at least a dozen hands, dishes, and dirty clothes.

I watched a very curious monkey on TV sitting next to an even more curious two-year-old girl.

I lost my patience, more than once.

I provided a record-setting number of answers to the question why with surprising creativity – and more patience.

I said goodbye – and lingered a bit too long.

I wiped, bathed, dressed, and combed.

Today I Was A Mom And That Was More Than Enough

I am in the season of young motherhood – right here and now. My body, mind, and spirit are tied to these precious beings, in an all-consuming, kaleidoscope of emotions type of way. Motherhood, for me, has the uncanny ability to invoke a magnitude of feelings and reactions to the unpredictable world around me. My thoughts, hopes, and dreams are forever intertwined with these babies.

My hair is tied up loosely in a messy bun most days and my makeup routine consists of ways to make it appear that I sleep soundly – but I know this time in my life is rapidly flying by.

There were days when my daughter was younger that I truly questioned whether I would ever sleep again. And the answer, somewhat sadly, is yes. This season of motherhood will evolve and give way to a new chapter in my life.

There will come a day when I look back and miss these days. I’ll tell new moms “it goes by so fast” as they nestle little ones in their arms.

There will come a day when I have more time for myself. My messy bun may be traded in for a more time consuming and trendier hairstyle. I’ll be concerned with far different things than potty training and sleeping through the night.

I find such comfort is recognizing that just as the seasons change, so do the chapters in my life. The often-trivial struggles of raising little ones won’t last forever. Some days I need a reminder to slow down and recognize all the things I didn’t even realize I was doing.

Today I witnessed the world through the eyes of a toddler.

I was there to listen, protect, and reassure.

I held hands, gave kisses, and hugs.

I smiled, laughed, and sang an offbeat tune, more than once.

Today I was a Mom and that was more than enough.

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7 Responses to Today I Was A Mom And That Was More Than Enough

  1. Jen December 8, 2015 at 11:06 am #

    Lovely 🙂 And completely relatable……sometimes I need to stop myself from sitting at the computer too long, scroll through my phone too much, or frantically try and keep up with the housecleaning. Sometimes just getting on the floor with my kiddos can offer me more perspective than a pile of Oprah books. Our kiddos are our best teachers!!

    Beautiful post, thank you for sharing!

    • Anna Julien December 9, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

      Thank you, your comment is so sweet! I totally agree, sometimes it’s just best to indulge in some playtime and let all other responsibilities go!

  2. Kari December 8, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    Wonderful thoughts! Thanks for sharing!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

    • Anna Julien December 9, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

      Thank you, Kari!

  3. Mary December 8, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    Love this! Great reminders to be present and just let things be sometimes. My kids just turned five and I’m still waiting to exchange the messy bun for a trendy hairstyle 😉
    Cheers

    • Anna Julien December 9, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

      Mary, I’m not sure I will ever part with the messy bun either! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Ali December 8, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

    This is great. Between all the lost patience we sometimes loose sight of how much we actually love being a mom. I love those days you just sit back and enjoy it.

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