Oh, motherhood. How I love you with all of my heart, and how I thank you for making me see good in the little things in life. Without you, dearest motherhood, I would still be taking advantage of sleeping in until 8am and not lugging around 27 bags required for a toddler. With a full heart and a hefty sigh, here are 5 things that I have come to appreciate more since becoming a mother.
My son is two and I’m pretty sure I haven’t slept through the night since he was born. Let’s not mention the slaps in the face in the middle of the night, the refusal to go to sleep in the first place, and the random nighttime wakings. Occasionally, I’ll be past the point of exhaustion and I’ll sneak in a quick nap with him. It’s usually no more than an hour, but oh my goodness, it is much needed. I never knew how amazing a quick pick-me-up nap once or twice a month would feel. Rest does a body good.
My son, my baby, my little boy. The light of my life. The kid I couldn’t live without.. has a set of lungs on him. He recently reached that “I’m going to scream for no reason and if you tell me to stop I’m going to scream louder” phase of toddlerdom. The short bits of silence I get throughout the day are like little slices of heaven. Rare like a rainbow unicorn, those little quiet moments are beautiful and much sought after.
3. Alone/Pampering Time
Similar to only experiencing silence once in a blue moon, I have come to appreciate any time I have alone. Don’t get me wrong – I love spending time with my family. But sometimes, I just need a break from the noise and the “mama, mama” and the cooking and the cleaning and the… the list goes on and on. On such rare occasion, maybe if the fiancé takes our son out so I can have a brief breather, I’ll throw on a face mask and read a book. I’m fairly certain that I’ve started three different books within the past year and haven’t finished any of them. Oh, the life of a mom.
4. Date Nights
Before our son arrived into this world, my fiancé and I went out whenever we wanted, and wherever we wanted. Weekends were for running errands and having date nights. Maybe even going out to the bar for a few beers. Now, with a toddler in tow, eating out is limited to the local diner or Applebee’s, where there is enough room for a high chair and it’s loud enough so his blaring toddler voice isn’t out of the ordinary. Dates nights? Those are a thing of the past. At least, the wonderful, lengthy dates that we were once used to are no longer an option. Now if we go out, and that’s a big IF, we hit up a 7pm movie at the theater or have a quick dinner, usually also at Applebee’s because where else do parents go?
5. Hot Coffee
Honestly, is there such a thing as hot coffee when you’re a mom? (No, seriously…) I used to enjoy the luxury of freshly brewed coffee and freshly steeped tea, and now both are just like that rainbow unicorn. Usually, I can get in a few hot sips before the tsunami that is parenting begins, then into the microwave my cup goes. Where it is forgotten and reheated. And forgotten again.
Even though being a mom is a crazy and hectic journey, I have really learned to appreciate the little things in life. Pre-kids, these 5 things were a part of my daily routine, without question. Now, with a rambunctious little toddler, a solo trip to the grocery store is like a mini getaway.
What are you thankful for now that you’re a mom?