Enjoying this Season

July 25, 2013

I'm trying to enjoy this season that I'm in. The season of early mornings, dirty diapers, sticky fingers, and toys everywhere. I know it won't last forever.

 photo DSC_1953.jpgSomeday I'll look back at my clean living room and miss those toys that used to be scattered across the floor.

 photo DSC_1955.jpgI'll miss finding little treasures in surprise places.

I'll miss that snuggly boy. I'll miss those sticky fingers and sloppy kisses.

I was watching Ellen and she asked her guest, Gwyneth Paltrow, if more children were in her future. Gwyneth started talking about how much she loves her kids but how difficult and overwhelming those first few years can be. And then she said something that really stuck with me. She said you can't base your decision whether or not to have more children on that infancy period. Because it is so finite. It goes by quickly. It has an end. Rather, base your decision on how many people you want to see around your Thanksgiving table. Wow. That is so true. Being a mother is the hardest job I have ever had. But it goes by so fast.

Darci from the good life blog put this print up on her blog the other day and I fell in love. I'm going to miss all that laundry some day.

So for now, I'm focusing on enjoying the little things. And praying that my sweet boy doesn't grow up too fast.

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25 Responses to “Enjoying this Season”

  1. I love this post...SO much!

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  2. Love love love this! I can honestly say I'm loving this season!! As much as I want lex to get older - she'd kinda super fun right now (despite all the mess!).

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  3. Agreed!! We had a disastrous start but when I'm around my older nieces and nephews it makes me want like 4 kids!! One just won't be enough. I want to be that family that's loud and crazy and has kids everywhere. If only they could start out at this age...

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  4. That quote from Gwyneth is AMAZING. She is so smart!

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  5. That is so true! It can be so hard and It's nice to hear people admit that (Gwyneth). I love what she said about the thanksgiving table,too. Gives ya something to think about. I love the Darius Rucker song "It won't be like this for long"

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  6. I love that answer! Having a baby is the most challenging job I have ever had even though I would not have it any other way. But having people to share holidays and just everyday with is my ultimate goal! Awesome post!

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  7. Gwen is so right. I just recently started feeling ready for more kids. Things aren't "easy" but hey are manageable. I want Owen to stay little forever and even the thought of him being a big brother makes me a little sad, because then he won't be my baby anymore-- he'll be the big boy in the house. I feel so lucky to be his momma. It is the best thing in the world!

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  8. This was a perfect read as I lay in bed with a sleeping 4 week old baby on my chest. It's been difficult trying to adjust to my new life as a mommy and I find myself looking for the sweet moments knowing that someday I will miss this time.

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  9. It totally agree with Gwyn about the infancy period being so short and to focus on how many people you want around for the holidays. Love that!

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  10. You are wise to enjoy the moment you are in. We always wish away time and then want it back!!

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  11. What a great way to look at it, I love that! Now I am thinking about how many people I want around my table at Thanksgiving/Christmas, etc!

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  12. Very well said!! It is all so true!!

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  13. Ahhh, this just made me cry!! I've always said that I want 5 children, but Cam has NOT been an easy baby, and it's made me question whether or not we want more children. Then I DO think about Christmases and 5 years down the road and 20 years down the road and when I am old and need my children. Then I want 5 children again. :)

    Thank you for the humble reminder!

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  14. I love this post so much! It has to be one of my favorites you've written since becoming a mom! I think I only just got to this point after such a disaster of a start but I appreciate what you are saying! That's a great quote about more kids from Gwenth. I still think we are a one kid family but that's a really good quote to think on! Thank you - I needed this post after a rough start today :)

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  15. Julie, this post made me cry! My sweet boy is just 2 months, and I am already finding that it goes by way too fast. You're so right - being a mom is hard, but SO worth it. And I think I want a table FULL of people at Thanksgiving!!! But, for now, I am just going to enjoy my sweet first baby. Beautifully written:)

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  16. This brought tears to my eyes. Very well said, mama!

    Maegan

    lovethemama.blogspot.com

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  17. So true! I am one of three girls and my mom says she wishes she had one more!

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  18. I'm sitting in the library crying!! It's all so very true. My "little boy" is missed every day. Seeing him with your little boy brings back old memories and a new joy to seeing the man he has become.

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  19. a perfect post and a philosophy I live by. My husband is constantly rushing A, always awaiting the next phase "can't wait til she can XYZ" and I have to keep reminding him with "walking comes childproofing" with "talking comes tantrums" and so on... trying to remind him that the phase we are in will be short lived and we should soak up our favorite parts and know the less than desirable ones with over before you know.

    I'm with ya momma!

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  20. This post is such a good reminder. Having little ones can be so bittersweet sometimes. I love being Noah's mommy, but always carry around with me the knowledge that he will all too soon grow up. Until then, I know I need to chill about the dirty laundry and my house not looking "mature" and clean all the time.

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  21. This is so true - we are at an interesting stage with our one year old and are moving too and it's just like AH!!! But I love the thanksgiving table picture. :) Makes me want to have lots of babies....

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  22. Hudson is lucky to have a mom that loves him so much and that makes sure he has everything he needs.

    I thought of H on my drive home today when I passed a John Deere tractor. :)

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  23. Beautiful photos! Wishing you continued happiness!!

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  24. Love, love this post friend! Such a great reminder!

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