Being a mom is the best.
The best fun.
The best laughs.
|Kenadie's note to me one evening when I would not make "something else" for dinner. :)|
The best test of patience.
The best access to bite-able cheeks.
Just the best.
Hooray for moms this coming Mother's Day, but really, I say hooray for getting to BE a mom. Aren't we the lucky ones?!
I always planned on having 8 kids, but that number has slowly decreased with each difficult pregnancy and circumstance until it has come to the reality that 3 will probably be our magic number (unless there is some divine intervention that says otherwise). This has been hard to accept as I still long for a few more kiddos but know that I really ought to be alive and healthy enough to raise the ones I have now.
It is to hard to think of not having another one of these precious babes placed in my arms for the first time again....
......but the reality that I am probably on my "last one" has helped me to be more present and soak in the moments I have with my young children right now. It has prompted me to better enjoy this time. I snuggle a little more. I clean/craft/cook a little less. By supermom standards, I "accomplish" very little during my day lately. I am just enjoying this phase of motherhood because I know how much I will someday miss it. I sometimes struggle with the nostalgia of "the last baby" and realizing that we won't be the family with a minivan full of children......
......but then I think of all the fun we still get to have! I still get to be a mom to THREE beautiful children (some people don't even get to have one and I get three!) and in exiting the baby stage of motherhood, I am entering the kid stage where family outings, hikes, camp-outs, and vacations will become more possible and less stress-inducing because we won't have a little baby in tow. I will also get to form different and close bonds with my three children that I may not have been able to if I were to be juggling eight kids.
So while having a huge family really would have been awesome,
having a smaller-than-anticipated family will be just as awesome.