Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Embracing Motherhood

I'm pretty sure a bomb went off in my living room...err...whole downstairs (if I'm being honest)

That was the only reasonable excuse I could come up with anyways when my husband came through the door tonight. I'd show you a picture, but I'm too damn tired to go through that whole process. 

I think I've come to terms with the fact that things will never run perfectly smoothly around here, at least not anytime soon. It's a constant whirlwind of toys scattered on the ground, dinner needing to be made, dirty counter tops and the never ending piles of laundry. Not to mention that I have a toddler who has no problem telling me he needs something (all the time) and usually if I do get a chance to sit down, the dog will pick that time to scratch at the door.

Being a mom isn't easy. It's definitely not what's always pictured on TV shows and movies with the squeaky clean houses and mom's with perfectly coiffed hair and hobbies of their own. It's the biggest challenge I've ever taken on and honestly it's the most eye opening, rewarding experience I've ever had. 

Motherhood is about picking your battles. You can't do it all, or at least not at all the same time. I know that seems obvious, but it wasn't to me. I constantly felt guilty for not doing such and such during the day. I would clean the house, but wouldn't have time to make dinner, so I had failed. I would do all the laundry and make dinner, but wouldn't have had time to get dressed that day, so I had failed. At almost 16 months of motherhood I've learned that I simply cannot do it least not at all the same time...and that's ok.

Some days are better than others. I've always got something to learn. There are tears and kisses, unbelievable messes along with great accomplishments, and times where there aren't enough hours in the day as well as lusciously long naps.  

I want to embrace this time because I know one day it will all of passed. My house will be quiet, my days won't be quite as hectic and I'll have more time than I know what to do with. I'm sure I won't remember the dirty house or the fact that I stayed in yoga pants most of the time, but hopefully I'll remember the hugs and kisses, the tears and the joys, the scattered toys and the silliness that makes being a mom the best thing in the world.


  1. Such a beautiful post, Laura. I feel like you've just got to be the greatest mama. Ethan is lucky to have you!

  2. Agreed. Absolutely wonderful. You are an AMAZING mama.

  3. If only my house was spotless with dinner ready...and me freshly showered with hair and makeup fixed...ha ha I think that NEVER happens around here!

  4. What's even more important is that Ethan won't remember the spotess counters, gourmet dinners, organized closests and mother who was always well put together ... HE will remember the play time, cuddles and laughter. This is a constantly evolving lesson we are all learing...

  5. aw, i loved this. so true says my mom and sister and friends. i loving reading mommy blogs--but i don't have kids but love em so.

  6. Right there with you girl! I think sometimes we all post what is working on our blogs and then get hit in the head reading other people's "perfection" or even realize our own lack of.

    Thanks for sharing and if you came by to visit today you'd have to dodge legos and the mop bucket that hasn't been picked up and probably a shoe or two here and there!

  7. This morning this is what I said to Presley as we raced out the door - sweat dripping from my forehead...."Mommy literally can't do it all. But we are both dressed, you ate and we are happy. "

  8. This is so good to read. My little guy is 10 weeks old, and I keep waiting for life to fall into place. Looks like it may not... and that's okay!

  9. It does get easier as they get older, but honestly having a perfect house is over rated. Making a mess usually makes the best memories!


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