Choosing Happiness When Parenting

My Babies

Me, on a conference call, without make-up, holding baby and smiling because the toddler just had to sit on my lap so we could play “picture.”

It’s a crazy day.

It’s 2 p.m. and I haven’t showered. There is spit up and finger paint on my shirt.

The kids aren’t dressed and none of us have brushed our teeth yet.

There’s four loads of laundry waiting to be washed and the sink is full of dishes.

The toddler hasn’t eaten a solid meal yet today, filling up on occasional bites of grapes, blackberries, crackers and cheese. Oh, and a chocolate chip cookie because I needed her to stay quiet while I was on a conference call.

The baby is about 3 hours overdue for her nap, yet won’t relax or slow down when I put her in her crib. The toddler has already informed me she is not going to nap either.

I never got through my second cup of coffee {generally crucial in my world}, so it sits in front of me cold…taunting me.

Boogers constantly stream down the toddler’s face and I feel like I am constantly changing diapers. My hands crack with dryness from washing them so often in fear of sickness taking over our household.

I can hear the sound of a text being sent my way but I am tied to the couch nursing. Besides, I have no clue where my phone is.

I’m overwhelmed. I just want a moment alone.

Some days I just feel like I can’t get ahead. I’m buried in a pile of baby poo, Play-Doh and snot, and the hubby is hours from coming home.

Sometimes all it takes is stepping away for a moment to collect my thoughts for 10 seconds and remember I am not a superhero.

So, instead of focusing on the negative, I’m choosing to turn it around and focus on the positive.

It’s a beautiful day.

It’s 2 p.m. and I’ve witnessed so much love today that my heart is full.

The kids are happy, hanging in their PJs, and the toddler keeps whispering the kitty on her “pee-gers is sleeping…shhh.”

Instead of sorting laundry and washing dishes, we’ve colored pictures of Cinderella and made a mess finger painting cardboard hearts.

We discovered today the toddler has an intense love for green grapes, as she kept begging for more.

The baby is growing by leaps and bounds and is a smiley little booger. She loves attention, and the toddler and I are not short on giving it to her. The three of us lay in my bed and she coos at us, begging for the tickles and gurggles to continue. The toddler exclaimed “Kisses for Karina!” and I almost melt into a puddle as she bends over to say “mwah” and give her kisses unprompted.

I got through one cup of coffee this morning before the toddler got up. Its caffeine release helped me to focus and feel prepared to start the day.

Although we manage daily bumps and bruises, our kids are very healthy overall.

I am grateful to be to provide all the nourishment my baby needs. A text can wait until I’m done nursing my baby.

I’m incredibly blessed. How could I ever be apart from my babies?

When the day is long and feels like there’s no end in sight, how do you cope?



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  1. says

    Reminds me of a poem I first came to know when my son was a toddler:
    Cooking and cleaning can wait til tomorrow,
    for babies grow up, we’ve learned to our sorrow.
    So quiet down, cobwebs, dust, go to sleep:
    I’m rocking my baby, and babies don’t keep!
    (Funny how I remember it word-for-word 30+ years later….)
    I think you’re being a fantastic mom, Lauren!
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    • Mrs. Weber says

      I think most moms earn that title! Some days I definitely don’t feel like it, but I ‘spose that’s par for the course since nobody is perfect 😉

  2. says

    You’re doing a great job and it’s evident that those girls are center of your world!

    Coping for me is just sitting down and forgetting about all the stuff that needs to be done for a while until I get centered again.
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  3. Jennifer says

    You just made me want to be a stay at home mom even more than I already did,even before I got to the positives! Thanks for sharing!