Love to the Mamas

Last Mother’s Day I was reallly pregnant.  How can you be reallly pregnant, you ask?  Imagine that you put on about 30 pounds, your body temperature consistently feels like at oven, and your ankles are so swollen that it looks like your calves ate them.  Sounds awesome, eh?  I was in that weepy part of pregnancy where I could no longer see the joy in carrying a child.  I wanted to meet that baby kicking all of my internal organs throughout the night, and I wanted it now!

I can’t believe that was a year ago.  The time is just flying.  I mean, look at my baby.
connor boy

He’s practically a toddler.  SLOW.DOWN.TIME.  I feel like I’m going to blink and he’ll be in middle school…god help me.  I mean, the kid can hold a crayon and do this for goodness sakes (well, with a bit of help from his Dad).
mothers day journal

This Mother’s Day was lovely.  Better than I could have ever imagined.  I was surrounded by the love of my wonderful family.  Connor snuggled with me a lot.  I celebrated my wonderful mama and mother-in-law and reflected on how having them in my life has made me a monumentally better woman and mother.  I would never survive being a working mom without their unwavering support.
brunch table

Lauren and I cooked together…we make quite the duo in the kitchen if I say so myself.
brunch menu

It was delicious and full of love.  Let’s do it again next year.
brunch

Motherhood is simultaneously the most amazing and challenging experience I could ever imagine.  I have more love and joy in my heart than I ever thought possible; sometimes I think it might burst.  I want to be the best possible version of myself so I can raise an outstanding little human. But it can be painful and exhausting and take every iota of patience and calm I possess. Some days I want to throw a tantrum and other days I feel like I really have it all figured out…it’s a roller-coaster.  I am hugely inspired by all of the incredible women in my life and learn from them every single day.  So today I thank all of the awesome women in my life, mama or not.  You inspire me, remind me not to be so hard on myself and make me a better woman.  You help me realize that at the end of the day, all you really need is love.

A friend of mine shared this tidbit from Birth Without Fear and it really struck me, so I thought I’d pass it along:
“We are all different mothers chosen to parent our unique children.  No matter how you bring your child(ren) into the world, feed them, love on them, and the countless other decisions you’ve had to and will have to make for them…you are an amazing woman and a mother worth celebrating.  Thank you for being you.”

Happy Mother’s Day!  Hope your’s was awesome!

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