It's been 91 diapers since last Sunday, and I thought I'd share some thoughts about motherhood. (I have a lot of thoughts about motherhood. I've shared some here and here). Mom life can get a little monotonous day in and day out. Somedays seriously kick my butt. Other days I am just bursting with pride that I have such cute and amazing children. I compiled a few statistics from my life as a mom and put together the infographic above. The statistics apply to any mom of 2ish children from about 1-3ish years old. Can anyone else relate to these numbers?
When you're dealing with spills and tantrums all day every day, sometimes it gets hard. One thing that I have recently realized though, is that if I just let Reagan be little, our days go much smoother. Even though I don't want her to climb and play under the table at Chick-Fil-A, when I let her do this we don't have to fight about it, and while I do think it is a little bit nasty, it doesn't pose any immediate danger, so I should probably just let this one go (and disinfect later). Choose your battles, right?
Or if I let her crawl all over me while we're eating dinner... Even though she has her own chair right next to mine. I do not particularly love it, but she does. I know she wont always do this. Someday she wont want to sit on my lap (or even sit by me probably). So instead of getting mad and insisting that she sit on her own chair, I should just let her be little.
The other thought that has been getting me through lately, is that no one is going to love these kids more than I do. I am their mother. This is the only childhood they get, so I need to figure out how to make it a good one for them. Even though my days are filled with diffusing tantrums, cleaning up spills, and changing diapers, there really isn't anything else I'd rather be doing. And while I do feel like I'm down in the trenches some days, I kind of see it like this: This is my time to be the mom of little babes. Soon it will be over (just like my time as a college student is somehow over) and the next thing I know my little babies will be off to college themselves and I'll be wondering where this time went. Why my babies are no longer babies. So I better grab that caffeinated beverage and start running along with them, because there's no place I'd rather be, than with them.