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Motherhood can be so hard. It can be chaotic and stressful and lonely. Some days we wake up and have to pour ourselves out before we are able to be poured into. Some days we are asked to give from an empty cup. Some days that gets the best of me and I am not the best mama that I can be. Sometimes I get tired and flustered and impatient.
In the midst of those hard days (today has definitely been one of them) where it feels like I just can’t catch a break, I am telling myself to take a breath and slow down a second. Those little legs will only be this small for such a short while. She will never be as little as she is today and tomorrow she will be older. She will never need me in quite the same way that she needs me in these very minutes. Life only moves in one direction and babies don’t keep. Our job as mothers is to hold the moments, because one day we will look back and those will be the most important things. Not how many errands we ran, bills we paid or chores we accomplished. It will be the times that we danced and giggled, even though all we wanted was to sit down. Or those times when we scoop up a fussy toddler and soothe their big feelings when we truthfully need someone to scoop and soothe us.
Yes, motherhood is hard, but it is a beautiful duty. Being a “moment holder” is one of the greatest honors of my life.