I am in a season of very little ones right now. My oldest will be three next month, the baby just turned 6 months, and there may or may not be more on the horizon. (I say yes, my husband says, “Ask me when this one stops crying all the time.” 😉 )
This season definitely has its challenges. I have been up more of the night than I have been sleeping, and navigating the moods of a toddler is no joke. (Seriously, what is so torturous about putting on pajamas??)
But it’s also unbelievably precious.
The tantrums, meltdowns, and testing the boundaries that come in the twos and threes are tough, but seeing Aidan’s personality blossom, his imagination soar, and his mind fill with new knowledge is well worth the effort. We are loving the age he is right now. He says and does the most hilarious things, and he makes me laugh every single day.
Such is the nature of motherhood. It’s a lot of work, a lot of sweat, and a lot of tears, but it’s also richly rewarding.
And that is why I continue to write this monthly “What I Love About Motherhood” series. To remind us all – myself included – to appreciate the wonders of each season in the midst of the work. To be grateful in the grind. To dwell on what makes us smile rather than on what makes us struggle.
This month what I’m loving about motherhood is something so fleeting, I’m soaking up every chance I still have to do it!
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What I love about motherhood this month is … holding my babies!
I’ve been noticing lately how quickly Aidan is growing, and I know the day is soon coming when I won’t be able to pick him up and carry him anymore. What I’ve learned from other moms, too, is that day comes unexpectedly. It’s as sudden as one day you are picking them up, and the next day you’re not.
Because I’m trying to make the most of every single season, I have decided to take advantage of every opportunity to hold Aidan while I still can (and while he still lets me).
When he says, “Mommy, can I sit in your lap,” I sometimes want to say, “Not right now, I’m working/reading/texting/etc.” Then I remember that he won’t ask to sit with me forever, and instead I say, “Sure, come here buddy.”
At night as we head to his room for bed, he sometimes asks, “Mommy, carry me?” Sometimes I’m tempted to say, “Mommy is tired. You’re a big boy, you can walk.” Then I realize that I won’t be able to lift him much longer. And I say, “Yes, I would love to carry you.”
And then there’s Andrew, the baby. I have the luxury of hindsight this time, having already experienced how quickly time flew with my first baby. Though the baby stage is tough, and his total dependence on me can be draining, I also know that it passes with lightning speed. I blinked and Aidan lost his “babyness” and was on to the next phase. This time I want to revel in every cuddle and hug while he’s still little enough to fit in my arms.
There’s nothing like snuggles and hugs from a child, and one of the greatest things about motherhood is that you get to do it all the time! It reminds me of the quote from the movie Sweet Home Alabama when he asks, “Why do you want to marry me anyway?” And she replies, “So I can kiss you anytime I want.” Being a mommy to my boys is great because I get to hold them anytime I want!
I know those days are fleeting, so I’m trying to make the most of every one I have left.
What about you? What are you loving about motherhood right now? There is something to be savored in every season!
Other Posts in This Series:
- What I Love About Motherhood: February – how the struggles and challenges of being a mom have deepened my relationship with God.
- What I Love About Motherhood: January – my favorite thing about the toddler years
- What I Love About Motherhood: December – what I love about Christmas with kids
- What I Love About Motherhood: November – what I love about having a second baby