Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
What are you doing this Memorial Day?
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
2. They're One-of-a-kind.
3. They Take such good care of us and treat us nice.
4. Even though it's Hard they always help us.
5. Every time we need them they're Eager to help.
6. We really Really love them!
A few weeks ago my friend Katie and I were talking about mothering. She asked me a question that I've been mulling over all week long, "So, how is mothering?" Flash forward a couple days. Tessa and I were at the park. Tessa was screaming and I was struggling to get the stroller and bags in the trunk without spilling everything all over the parking lot. I was exhausted and it was very apparent in my sweaty face. A group of people, about my age were getting in the car right next to us. They looked from the screaming baby to her haggard mother. A girl said, "That makes me never want to have kids." Another responded, "My thoughts exactly."
As a mother you have to be able to function on little or no sleep. You have to be willing to clean up vomit, and blow outs and who knows what else. You have to put your wants and most of the time your needs last. You're being grabbed with sticky fingers or having your hair pulled or sucked on. Just doing something as simple as going to church or the store is difficult because you're wrestling, chasing, and corralling kids the whole time. It can be discouraging because the only thing you've accomplished is a clean bathroom and most days that doesn't even get done.
And that's where the world gets stuck.
They can only see the tough stuff: A screaming baby and an exhausted mother wrestling a stroller into the trunk. And believe me, the tough stuff is a reality, there is no doubt about that, but it's not the only reality. I've been thinking about Katie's question for weeks and even more so since that incident. I haven't been able to quite answer her question...until today.
So Katie, even though I haven't slept in six months and my hair is constantly dripping with spit here's the answer to your question, "So, how IS mothering?":
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
My parents came to visit us for a week and left yesterday. It's been pretty lonely around here today and Tessa misses her grandma something awful (they really hit it off). They spoiled us rotten and we saw more in the last couple of days than we've seen in the 8 months we've lived here. Wowza, we were busy! This post actually has nothing to do with my parents and has everything to do with that baby girl that I get to call my own. She rolls all over the place in her crib. You put her on one end of the bed and she'll be on the other end, sockless and facing the other direction in a matter of minutes. Every so often I'll come in and find her legs tangled in the bars. The funny thing is she likes it and will fall asleep that way. Here are two different times I've caught her like that, one asleep and one just after waking up from her nap. Funny, funny girl.