Photos by Cindy Green Photo
Motherhood: The days are long, but the years are short. Enjoy every moment.This post was inspired by a conversation with an old friend this weekend (who reads the blog on occasion….so Steph, yup this one's for you!). An old girlfriend was in town this weekend. She moved away about five years ago, got married and now has an adorable eight month old. While they were visiting, we got together for a play date. And in between chasing Lydia all over the park, feeding the kids snacks and making sand castles….we had a chance to REALLY catch up. We discussed motherhood, our old lives (staying up PAST 10 pm, ha!), and our goals for the future. As we packed up, she casually said….”well, this gives me hope….you seem to have it all together!”
And oh man, did I laugh. I laughed in the moment, and I'm chuckling again as I write this. Because on a basic level, do any of us mamas have it all together? I figure that happens right around the time our babies leave for college.
I feel like I owe y'all an important conversation. I recently got an email from a different friend who lives across the country. She mentioned that she feels like she knows everything about our lives because she reads our blog. Now, I love this blog. I love that I get to share parts of our life. I love that I will cherish these beautiful images of our family when Lydia is older and has NO interest in taking pictures with her parents. I love the amazing opportunities we have had because of the blog. BUT, by no means….does it reflect the messiness of our day to day life. In an age of blogs, and Instagram, and Pinterest…..I think we as mothers are constantly faced with perfection. Perfect images, perfect outfits, perfect children, perfect crafts and schedules. And let's be honest……that's just not REAL life. Those are moments. And these pictures are real. They did happen. We actually had a tea party, and it was a blast. But Lydia also got sick later that night and vomited all over me. So, that happened too.
And to be clear, yes I love this adorable outfit. But by the time you're reading this…..I'm probably sitting on my couch in ratty sweats and with my hair in a bun.
So, what's my point? It goes so fast. I stared at my friends' adorable infant…..and felt like that was my own daughter just a moment ago. And I've spent way too much time already worrying about being a perfect mother. So, I'm promising y'all that in between the pretty pictures and cute clothes……I'm going to focus on enjoying every moment……even the ones that aren't so perfect looking.