There is really not a day that goes by here in this little space on the internet that we aren't celebrating motherhood. Whether, we are talking about children, photographing them, making life better for them in some tiny little way or another or maybe doing the same for mom. Motherhood and family are what drive me to write these days. If I'm honest, though, I haven't had much time or brain capacity to do that lately. I want to share my heart in the midst of motherhood, but sometimes the parenting of it all just takes away my ability to conjure a complete thought. So, here I am wanting to inspire on mother's day, reach out to new moms, experienced moms, and mothers somewhere in the middle like me, but the words are trapped and I am at a stand still.
So, my first piece of advice to you is, just like when I'm stuck in real life, ask the real moms (and dads) living it just like me and you. Last week, I did just that, asking them to share the best advice they received when they became parents or to share something they wished someone would have told them. Here are their answers,
"No matter how many times people tell you,
you really don't understand true true love until
you see that little squishy baby!"
Anna, mother of a one year old son
"Sleep when baby sleeps (even though I'm terrible with that)."
Karey, newborn mommy
Let your housework wait
and soak up all the baby cuddles you can
because they grow way too fast!
Kristi, baby boy mom
No matter how difficult it seems at the time, it will pass.
No matter how great it seems at the time, it will pass.
All too quickly.
Take time to be present and enjoy the great times.
Allow God to teach you in the difficult times.
They are both more precious than you know.
Rachel, first time mother
Always plan for "the worst" while changing a diaper.
Robbie, Dad times 3
You'll understand how hard your mom worked
to keep you happy but safe growing up.
And it's definitely not always easy.
Amanda, Single mom to a preschooler
When I was panicked about my infant son not consistently sleeping on his back,
a pediatrician told me - the baby hasn't read all the books you read when you were pregnant,
he doesn't know what he's "supposed" to be doing.
sometimes you just have to do what's right for your child and that's ok!
Christy, mom of two
Happy mama makes happy baby.
If you had this big plan of parenting one way (breastfeeding, not co sleeping, etc)
and it's becoming more stressful than helpful, change it up.
Do what's best for you and your baby.
Ashley, mom of two
Surround yourself with positive, supportive women!
Don't listen to anything the haters say about how
you choose to parent your children (in my case co-sleeping,
baby led weaning, tandem nursing a toddler
and newborn, etc.).
Lastly, NO ONE knows your child like you do- including the pediatrician!
Kari, expecting baby boy number two
Moms, we have the best and the hardest job in the whole world. Each of us individuals, parenting individual children. We are unique in talents, goals, and needs. You deserve to be celebrated for doing a good job, being the best mom you can.
So, this Mother's Day, let's celebrate that we made it to this point, loving our children the best way we know how. Let's celebrate the mothers who came before us to show us the way. Let's thank God he designed us so perfectly for our specific roles in our children's lives.
and by all means, get in front of a camera with your babies this Mother's Day, whether the are 2 or 42, they will cherish you and want to capture how you made them feel.
Happy Mother's Day Moms! Visit the REEDS Jewelers and to submit your photo to the #REEDSLovesMoms Instagram $250 Giveaway.
How to enter the $250 Giveaway
1. Upload your favorite photo of you and your mom or you and your child to Instagram.
2. Tell us what you love about your mom or motherhood.
Follow us, @REEDSJewelers and tag your photo #REEDSLovesMoms
3. One Grand Prize winner will receive a $250 REEDS Jewelers Gift Card
**You have until 5/16 and each photo counts as an entry!
PS the pieces I am wearing in these photos from REEDS Jewelers were an early Happy Mother's Day to me from them and I chose two of my favorite jewelry designers, Kendra Scott and House of Harlowe 1960. I could not have been more excited to receive these pieces, but there was so many more beautiful pieces that you could find something perfect for every mom or special lady in your life!