My heart melts and a smile is pasted on my face as I’m watching my 2 year old half naked son run our backyard with a long sleeve shirt on and rain boots. No pants. No diaper. Just free as a bird. This was my attempt to try something different since he refused to “pee-pee” or “poop” in the potty. Surely goodness if he runs wild outside, get excited, and accidentally potty without a diaper on, he just might like the feeling and decide today is the day. NOPE! Not the case, but it doesn’t matter. I love my children.
My twin girls of 7 months sit in chairs at the doorway enjoying the breeze and warm sun. Watching their mom with intense eyes waiting on me to acknowledge them in any way so that the gummy smile can fill their face. Who would trade this? I love my family! I love my children!
Now of course I left out the fact that shortly after, my son does poop in his training pants, steps in the poop, wipes it with his hand and walks on my living room carpet. MY NEWLY CLEANED LIVING ROOM CARPET!!! Meanwhile, one twin sits in the chair screaming at the top of her lungs because she can’t see me while I’m cleaning her brother. Shirt covered in baby spit up, and hands speckled with poop. I finish up my days only to wonder how in the hell did I make it today?! How do these “stay-at-home” moms do this? The mental state of mind to manage multiple children under the age of 5 (age of 3 in my case) is beyond the normal comprehension. Love conquers all. All because I love my children.
Momma just needs a break. She doesn’t want to cook, clean, wash clothes or dishes. Momma wants a moment to herself. She wants a bottle of wine, the remote to the tv, and a pack of cookies that she doesn’t have to hide because her son can hear the bag rustle from a mile away.
Don’t get me wrong! I LOVE MY CHILDREN! But we as moms often forget to take time for ourselves. In many cases, we are the heart of the family. The engine that keeps the car running. The know it all of all things involving your family yet in 99% of most cases, we run ourselves in the ground. Rain, sun, sleet, or snow, we are the doctor, teacher, disciplinarian, chauffeur, friend, etc. If we are what keeps the wheels turning, then partaking in “mommy time” would only be an investment for the family. A night out with your girls (only to talk about your children) can serve as replenishment, thus allowing you to be the best mom that you can be.
I LOVE MY CHILDREN! I just know that Mommys must love and care for themselves as well. Once again, it only benefits your family.