"The Days are Long, but the Years are Short!"
I have been thinking a lot about Mothers- because Mother's Day is tomorrow...and how much work they (we) put in on a daily basis.
The next little bit of my post you really don't have to read...but I want to look back and remember what my life is like right NOW:)
I don't have a lot of big things I have to accomplish on a daily basis (besdies raising my children, taking care of the house, cleaning and putting away the clothes and buying and preparing the food)...but I feel like I am really busy all the time. My day consists of waking up, feeding Colton (and myself), changing Colton, getting Colton dressed, getting myself ready, feeding Mylee, changing Mylee, getting Mylee dressed, playing with them both, putting Mylee down for a nap (45 mins-1 hr), tidying up the house, playing with Colton, Mylee wakes up- feeding again, changing again, playing some more, feeding Colton, putting Colton down for a nap, putting Mylee down for a nap-- and here I am BLOGGING while they both are sound asleep :) (Colton has only been taking a nap about 5 out of 7 days a week, and they are getting shorter, and Mylee usually wakes up 3 or 4 times to cry for a second and fall back to sleep, sometimes needs her binky put back in (and yes I do it)) The evening is about the same as the morning, except for somewhere in there Matt comes home for an hour or 2 and we have dinner and he gets to do the playing with Colton. But there is more feeding, and changing, and bathing, and bed time at about 7:45ish for Mylee and 8:30ish for Colton. That is when my responsabilities for the day are over...and I can clean up the messes from the day, go exercise, come home and shower and watch my shows and relax...well until 1 or 2 when Mylee starts her grunting and unwraps herself from her swaddle- so I wrap her back up, get back in bed, and then again at 4 do it again, and then at 6- feed. Get back in bed at 6:30, Matt comes in to say goodbye at 7 (he has been on the couch lately with Mylee's newfound unwrapping herself during the night) and go back to sleep until 8 when Colton wakes up (I know, he does sleep in until 8 or 830- so I should count myself lucky :))
Basically, the majority of my day is doing things for my children, not for myself. I am not the only person whose day looks like this... There are girls in my ward who work all night and come home and do this, or have more than 2 children to look after. The majority of my friends here do not live near family that they can drop their kids off when they need a break, their husbands all have to study 12-14 hours a day, and we go about our lives taking our kids everywhere we go, doing everything for them almost by ourselves...but Loving every second of being a mom.
I think of my own mom, who moved across the country from her family, friends, all she had known when I was 3 years old. She raised her family of 4 without the help of her family, and now I see how hard that must have been for her. And Matt's mom, who not only raised her own 4 kids, but has had a daycare for the past 20 years and does an incredible job! So- to all the mom's out there, especially my own wonderful mother and mother-in-law. You are amazing.
"The noblest calling in the world is that of mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give"
.-David 0. McKay
And what would be a post about mothers without pictures of my two sweet kids that I have been blessed with.
Colton thinking if he wears his dads shoes...maybe he can go with him to schoool :)
And my sweet Mylee :)