Is There A Best Or Worst Stage Of Raising Children? The Answer Is No. So Stop Telling People There Is.

Each stage of raising children is precious for its own reasons. The innocent, helpless babies who epitomize the beauty of life. The wonder of watching toddlers learn and grow. The hilarity and sweetness of pre- and grade school ages. The pride of watching teens develop into themselves and helping them find their footing in the world. And the enormous love that comes from learning to trust and let them go. There’s no career or life experience that compares to the enormity of having children. But, let’s be honest. Sometimes they’re little shits -all of them- who drive us to the absolute edge of our own sanity. And it’s okay to say it. Sometimes, we’re driven to that edge through the sheer chaos of life, not through any fault of their or our own. And it’s okay to say that, too.  None of this means that you don’t love your life, your children, or motherhood with a heart that is ten times bigger than you ever knew possible.  I thought we were all in agreement about that, but I’m reminded sometimes that we’re not.

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And Baby Makes… 5!

For those who are wondering, Jessica and her family welcomed her beautiful baby girl into the world on Monday. Mom and baby are doing well. As we wait with baited breath for Jessica to start showering us with adorable, snuggly photos, I’d like to take a moment to discuss just how unfair the discrepancies of pregnancy can be. I mean, look at this woman.

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Keeping me laughing these days..

Well friends, I am officially 2 days past my  due date.  My dear friend told me that if this child is anything like me and I expected her to arrive on time I should have told her that her due date was November 15th. Very funny. I can’t really put into words the actual amount of exhaustion I am feeling at the moment so this post will be short and sweet.  I recently discovered and have fallen madly in love with Honest Toddler Mom, Bunmi Laditan!  Do yourself a solid and check her out.  She is hilarious, kind, real and has been through it. In a world where perfection and Pinterest have become our standard she is a refreshing voice for the daily realities of motherhood. Below is one of her posts that made me laugh so hard I literally spit coffee all over my computer screen. Awesomeness. 

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Red shoes, Snuggles and tears..

Four more days until my expected due date.  It is quite difficult to find words that accurately describe the array of feelings swirling around inside of me these last days. My son had a terrible time both falling and staying asleep, last night.  I bought him these new red sneakers on a whim from Amazon and the kid has absolutely fallen in love with them. So much so he insisted on sleeping with them. And, when I say insisted I mean a full blown meltdown about the damn shoes.  It was late, we were all tired and I stopped giving a f*%k about all the germs that could potentially make him sick and allowed him to sleep with the red sneakers.  Not my finest moment. You know what was one of my finest moments? When at 2am he awoke in a screaming fit with growing pains in his legs and I took him into my bedroom to soothe him, sing to him and cuddle him back to sleep. These are precious moments between the two of us that may be few and far between once the new baby arrives.  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t cry myself to sleep. Today, I would like to share this heartbreakingly sweet photo with you.  Mommyhood can be so challenging on so many levels from moment to moment and sometimes even second by second but these are the moments that simultaneously expand and break our hearts; moments that surpasses all others. http://www.scarymommy.com/photo-mom-clutching-firstborn-goes-viral/

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