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Motherhood Monday | A Letter



To the Mother Embarking on this Journey...

I saw your picture tonight on Facebook.  You know, the one with your hubby snuggling your precious firstborn.  I cried.  I cried because I remember that moment like it was yesterday.  I remember my husband flying my firstborn around like an airplane while laying on the couch.  I remember him sitting at the computer with her propped up on his lap.  I remember him working tirelessly building our house, crouched on hands and knees laying our floors.  Below him, there she was, hammering right along watching his every move.

I am writing you because I didn't know.  I didn't know how much those moments would mean to me years later.  I had no idea how they would move my mama's heart to tears.  I had no idea that they would be mere memories so quickly.

No one can truly explain how precious those moments are.  You are in the midst and it seems like you have all the time in the world to soak it up.  Those sweet glances from a freshly bathed babe and the giggles that can stop time in its tracks.  It seems like it will hang on forever- but, it doesn't.  One day, those cheeks will thin down and the dimpled hands you used to hold will shows signs of aging.  The "mommys" will turn into "moms" and you won't know where the time has gone.  But it has- it's gone.

So, from a mommy who is bidding her "baby years" goodbye, to a mommy beginning it all... cover yourself in it.  Let yourself bathe in the blessing of baby-hood.  Rock that baby at 2 am and don't wish a moment away.  Hold her, even when she's been crying for an hour straight, and relish in the time not wasted.  It is not time wasted.

There will be pressure.  I'm telling you right now, there will be temptation to hope and wish for the future.  To dream about the days when you won't be toting a diaper bag.  The days when you can get in the car and all your crew members can buckle themselves.  You will sit in that chair, at 2 am as you are rocking your sweet baby, and you will be tempted to wish the late night feedings gone.  Don't.  Don't allow yourself to be sucked into the mindset that tells you the grass is greener.  Precious Mama, the grass is perfect right where you are.

9 comments:

  1. So very, VERY true. I now have grandchildren, and I enjoy and cherish every snuggle, hug, and rocking I've had with them. A wise older neighbor once told me when I was groaning about the yard with it's baselines devoid of grass, " Enjoy it now, one of these days you'll have grass and your kids will be grown and off to other adventures. You'll wish you had baseball games in your yard once more."

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    1. I couldn't agree more! When I grumble about tooth paste smeared sinks, I have to remember that one day I will miss them. :)

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  2. Ahh when you become "mom" instead of "mama" or "mommy". That is a hard transition!

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    1. I still remember when Ella called me that for the first time. I was all, "No! You call me 'mommy!'" lol

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  3. With a newborn, mommy is craving SLEEP! But there is so much opportunity for beautiful snuggles with a newborn. I love that I'm getting sleep since my baby is 15 months...but dearly miss cuddling the tiny baby.

    You are right...you just have NO idea has a new mom...

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    1. Be a mama to a newborn is exhausting! Luckily, they smell like heaven and fit perfectly in the crook of your neck. ;)

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  4. This is soo sweet! I can definitely relate. Babyhood goes by so so fast :(
    Love your new layout, by the way!

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    1. Thank you, Natalie!!! I love the layout, too. Very nice and fresh!

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  5. So beautifully said! I miss those days when my little nuggets were little and had the squishy cheeks. It is amazing how fast that time goes by! Thanks for sharing this sweet post.

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