What a journey motherhood has been. When my oldest was born 9 years ago, I thought I was ready for parenthood, but little did I know that I was about to take on the hardest job I ever had, one that I would love more than anything before, but would also challenge me everyday. From learning to run on little sleep and realizing I needed coffee to survive, to watching him grow into a toddler and literally run circles around me as I wondered what happened to my baby, to having a second baby just 19 months later and realizing I was in a bit over my head. Then having a third baby and finally finding my groove, to having a fourth and struggling all over again with the new addition of homework in the mix while nursing, breaking up fights, and keeping some sort of order in my house! And now I watch in awe as my oldest requests to make pancakes from scratch and even make me coffee — all completely by himself! 😱 If someone had told me this just a few years ago, I wouldn’t have believed it!
The journey is far from over, and although when I first got my oldest to sleep through the night I thought that meant I had this parenting thing figured out, I now know there are many more mountains to climb, like getting through the crazy 6 o'clock hour every night with 4 boys bouncing off the walls! 🙈 But, it’s important to stop and pause to take in the progress and realize how far we have come. For those of you in the trenches of sleepless nights, bed training, tantrums, potty training, and juggling kiddos, know that so many things truly do get easier. There are still struggles, but the love, sweat, and tears put into this climb are so incredibly worth it. 💙💙💙💙