It’s incredible, this parenting gig, right from the start.
Flitters of movement, seeing my precious babies for the first time, giggling and cooing, cuddling and snuggling, silly faces and goofy grins.
Having heart to heart conversations late at night, hearing “mama” from my three year old right on up to my 13 year old, being a confidant and friend, and seeing my children work out a disagreement (even through tears).
The awe inspiring and incomparable bond that I have with all of my children.
But, this parenting gig is also hard, y’all.
The aches and pains of pregnancy and childbirth, sleepless nights, countless dirty diapers, hours upon hours of crying, fussing, and whining.
And, then our babies become toddlers, and the challenges continue to change as they get older…. Potty training, homework, chores, breaking up sibling arguments, exampling patience and kindness, teaching compassion, and showing love in all of our actions.
I now parent teenagers (ACK!). While I still have sleepless nights, break up sibling arguments at times, and feel like I’m constantly reminding them to do homework and chores, I’m discovering how much my job description is morphing, once again.
Added to everything else are activities, friends, monitoring social media, and having to say no. And, there is something new coming up every single day.
When you become a mom no one tells you that, no matter what you do, you will never be prepared to let go of each stage as Baby grows up.
Letting go of tiny fingers as baby takes his first steps.
Letting go of the snuggling and cuddling every couple hours when you wean baby.
Letting go of the plethora of cute little baby things.
Letting go of a small hand as your kiddo runs off to his classroom for the first time.
Letting go of playtime on the floor.
Letting go as you watch your “big boy” run down to his friend’s house by himself.
Letting go of the kiss and big hug and replacing it with a quick wave goodbye.
I’m letting go every single day, and it seems to get harder as they get older.
But, no matter how old my babies get, I know that I can hold on to this incredible bond I have with each of them.