I want to remember these days

I’ve gotta be honest. This stage of life has been hard for me.
It’s physically draining, needing to take care of three little ones. As I type that, I feel really silly because I know that there are lots of women who have many more kids than I do and can handle it just fine. If I feel overwhelmed with my “mommy” job, then I usually also feel guilty for feeling stressed.

 But I do get tired.
Of diapers.
Of getting breakfast ready.
Of cleaning up messes.
Of breaking up fights.
Of giving baths.

BUT.
I am also very much aware that this stage of life will go by so quickly (even though it doesn’t feel that way now). And I want to remember these days.
The funny things that kids say.
The good morning hugs from little arms.
The happy giggles and little pretend games they make up.
Soft, smooth cheeks that I want to kiss all day long.

The way Violet shouts “MA MO!!!” when she wants more food.
Watching the kids wrestle with their daddy.
Seeing how Avery takes care of Violet – helps her with her food, gets her out of bed, puts her shoes on.
The every-day normal days where we play outside, read books, and go for walks in the wagon.

All of the hard and tiring things that come along with being a mom have made me very aware of how weak I am in my own strength and how much I need God to help me do this thing called Motherhood.
I just can’t do it well on my own. No way.
I don’t want to miss the sweet everyday little things about these days. Even though they can be tiring and challenging and long, I am so very thankful for this life that’s been given to me.

Have a fun, sunny weekend friends!

14 thoughts on “I want to remember these days

  1. OH yes…how so many of us can relate, Aimee! But it's true – it goes by way too quickly, and before you know it, you're having a hard time remembering your 6 year old when she was 2. (That's not just me, right?) Hang in there, my friend…and let's use each other more! :o)

  2. I'm right there with you, I can't stop to think about how tired I am, just take a lot of pictures because I have no time to scrapbook. I often think I'll be sad when they are older and don't need me at all anymore. Makes me appreciate every sippy cup refill and cute lil' chubby arms lifted in the air waiting for me to pick them up!

  3. I think I'll be sad when my kids don't need me any more, too! I agree – I want to appreciate all the little things because someday I will miss them!

  4. O Aimee…totally agree. Took the words right out of my mouth! The days are SOOO hard and long and stressful! But every day goes by, and they grow up a little…and that keeps adding up! I need a *pause* button.

  5. I am absolutely clueless how other moms do it without God…I'm a pretty capable person, but there's absolutely no way I could do it without Him!! Thank you for the reminder to cherish the moments…is it weird that I wish I could tape a video recorder to my head so i can relive all the wonderful moments again??!!!

  6. My boys are grown up and married now. You are correct that it takes a toll on young parents–add to all the work the fact you don't really sleep well. I used to wake up about 3Am and just "listen to the house" to make sure everything was right. But it looks to me as if you are holding it together pretty well and doing it with style.

  7. I agree with Barbara. It does take a toll but worth every minute. Just graduated my last of 6 two weeks ago. Officially an "empty-nester" now…..and wondering where all the years have gone. Enjoy those minutes and time with your kids as time goes by all too quickly.

  8. yes yes yes. same feeling here!! I always feel like I'm drowning, or treading water… the days are long!! I try to soak in as much of their sweetness as I can!

  9. I needed to read this today. Thank you. 🙂 I just started being a full-time work-at-home mom to my 11–almost 12–month old little boy and needed a little encouragement. Long days. Short years. Cherish them.

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