Posts Tagged ‘Motherhood’

Holding onto 4

November 11, 2011

This year started off with a milestone birthday in our family  (the big 4 0 for me) and brings with it yet one more milestone birthday, one that is harder for me to comprehend—-our daughter turning 5.  A poignant reminder of how quickly time truly does fly by.  Our full of wonder, wide-eyed girl is growing up before our very eyes.  Although I haven’t been diligent in posting about the memorable moments with Clare this year, I have been extra diligent in soaking up the dwindling baby-ish times with her before we officially embark on the “big girl” years.  Here’s a slideshow of just a few of my favorite snapshots of our 4 year old.  😉

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For Mom–Thank you

May 9, 2010

On this Mother’s Day I am once again reminded of how truly blessed I am to have such an amazing Mother.  I read a quote that really hits home with me, “the older I get, the more I see, the power of that young woman, my mother.”  Now as a Mother myself, I find myself appreciating everything (from big to small) my Mom did for me as I was growing up—and all that she still does for me.

My hope is that I will pass these same values onto my own daughter and help her grow, one day at a time, into all that she can be.  I’m a true believer that so much is learned by example.  I thought by writing down some of these values and gifts I learned from my Mom, it would help me not to lose sight of them as I still find my way in this crazy world.

Thank you, Mom for…

  • Holding my hand, but not too tight
  • Catching me when I fall (and showing me how to get back up on my own)
  • Being my confidant
  • Guiding me to find my individuality and teaching me not to push it aside as I take on my role as a wife and mother
  • Teaching me to love unconditionally.  I may not have been listening to you, but I learned by your actions—you’re right, giving is better than receiving
  • Teaching me at an early age the importance of gratitude by making me write my own thank you notes
  • Letting me know there is always a silver lining and more importantly, how to find it
  • Being patient and instilling that virtue within me
  • Teaching me to embrace change
  • Nurturing my imagination and never appearing to get tired of my antics
  • Encouraging me to reach for the stars (Your unending pursuit of education and career advancement is such an inspiration to me)
  • Reminding me to save time for myself
  • Making me stop and smell the roses (every day)
  • Indulging my creative side (although I didn’t turn out to be an artist, I vividly remember my art classes you and Dad sent me too)
  • Teaching me how to look my best (“what is rouge?”)
  • Showing me how contagious a smile can be
  • Showing me the value of pursuing my career while still being a wife and a mom
  • Always emphasizing the magnitude of family and being there no matter what
  • Retail Therapy
  • I’m saving the best for last…Giving me a sister!

I love you, Mom.  Happy Mother’s Day!

The Birth Plan…

November 21, 2009

Today, 11-20-09 is a momentous day as one of my dearest friends, became a Mommy for the first time.  I’m elated for her and her husband as they enter this newest chapter of their lives together; Parenthood.  I’m fortunate to live close by and was able to see God’s newest miracle up close…Baby Will is absolutely beautiful!

My friend made the comment about how the birth plan she and her husband had prepared was nowhere near what actually occurred.  It brought back memories of when I was pregnant and Robert and I went to the birthing classes.  I remember our instructor saying that although it’s great to have a birth plan, keep in mind that the plan can (and probably will) completely change.  Little did I know then, but that change of plan was one serious foreshadow of parenthood.

Pre-baby I remember thinking of all these things that I would and would not do as a Mom—I quickly realized that those plans may not come to fruition or if they do, it might be just a bit different.  Take maternity leave for example, while Clare napped I figured I would be able to join in on conference calls with work, write Christmas cards or bake holiday cookies.  Needless to say, napping was not something Clare did when she was a newborn so my industrious plan was a flop.  Thankfully I received some words of wisdom (from a fellow Mom)…those first few months I should surrender myself to our new baby, period.  In the proverbial blink of an eye, an infant becomes a toddler…I should savor every moment.  That is just what I did and it was amazing.

Now we’re in the heat of toddlerhood…my plan was for Clare to wear stylish dresses and fun outfits to school.  I should have seen it coming when at 6 months Clare’s favorite socks were her orange pumpkin socks and those were the ONLY socks we could get her to wear that she was going to be a wee bit stubborn about her attire.  Hmmm…where does that come from?!  😉  Needless to say, Clare has only one favorite dress (we actually let her wear it twice in one week) and I’ve accepted that if her outfit doesn’t match (or she wears shorts in the month of November) it’s okay.  Why?  Because she picked it out, put it on all by herself and it SO PROUD of herself.

Not only have I accepted that my plans may not always pan out, I find that those altered plans are the moments I now live for.