[This was originally published on my Instagram account, 2/9/18.]
I worked in PR & marketing for years before I had kids. I traveled and had defined goals and checked things off lists. I felt very fulfilled. I also watched friends have babies and take kids trick-or-treating and do park days -- I wanted those things eventually, but a tiny part of me was sad I didn't have it YET.
Fast forward a few years. I had babies & freelanced for a while but ultimately decided to take a break from work for a bit. Now I love taking care of sweaty, cuddly little humans and creating routines and doing my own park days -- but I'd be lying if I said I didn't sometimes miss sitting at a quiet desk ALONE and just being able to finish a thought, let alone a sentence.
It's so hard to just enjoy where you're at, isn't it? I try to imagine myself in 10 years, with teenage boys eating me out of house and home, wishing I could go back to NOW when these boys talk my ear off and hold my hand and actually don't eat a thing. I'm trying to just embrace the phase I'm in -- whiny toddlers, endless potty talk, wiggly teeth, Nerf gun injuries and all. One day this will be over and we'll be on to something else.
Basically, I'm saying that YOU -- yes, you. Hi! -- are doing a great job, no matter what you're dealing with. If you're loving your kids, you're doing the best you can...and that's all that matters. There will always be challenges to every phase of motherhood (and of life!), but the trick to getting through them is to try to embrace the phase anyway. 💙
(📷: 2011. Look how fast time flies, I swear we took this pic yesterday!)