I think my daughter was around 18 months when I finally realized being a Mommy was getting “easier”. By easier I mean she was sleeping through the night, had a consistent nap schedule, she was becoming a little more independent, communicating more and I was more confident as a Mom. I remember taking her to to a splash park and this happening:
Oh yeah…she got it right in the face. My baby girl would have FLIPPED but my “big girl” just laughed-
And that is the moment I realized that I was a survivor. I survived the baby years and was now dealing with a full blown toddler. I felt like I graduated from some Mommy training program. I kid you not, every single time I look at that picture I think of how I felt realizing this accomplishment…she was 18 months old and still breathing. Whew! WE survived!
Almost exactly 6 months later, this happened:
Yep…that’s the moment I realized I was no longer in control and the terrible 2’s were taking over. She had kicked Santa out of his chair and screamed bloody murder.
A few days ago I was looking at my kids playing in the playroom (daughter is now 3 and my son is 5 months) and realized that I have survived yet another obstacle- a sibling. I felt like Super Woman! That is a WHOLE other story but my point is that sometimes we need to take a step back from the day to day challenges and realize that we have survived this long and feel accomplished about it. Being a Mom is a tough job and I know I don’t take enough time to look at my kids and pat myself on the back. So for all the skills you’ve taught, diapers you’ve changed, tantrums you’ve dealt with and sleepless nights- give yourself a BIG pat on the back!! They are still breathing and you are surviving Momma!