Candid Motherhood

𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐧𝐮𝐠𝐠𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐮𝐩 𝐢𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐞𝐬 🍪❤⁣⁣

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...𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘵, 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵'𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐'𝘮 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴, 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵?⁣⁣

Snapshots of the cutest, sweetest moments, filling up our screens. Mom-wins as far as the eye can see! In reality? There's a lot more going on behind the lens. ⁣⁣

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞? 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠. Meltdowns at every turn. Stomping, yelling, hitting, crying - she pulled out the works...she was having a really tough time (and it wasn't cake for mama either). On this morning? My only "mom-win" came in the form of a 30 minute morning mini-nap that let me catch my breath and shed a couple tears of frustration.⁣⁣

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Navigating the growing pains of childhood with your kids is 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘥. Its compounded when they spend the day at school in a great mood, yet come home grumpy. Its when the guilt piles on after they spend time with a family member and you get reports of what an "easy" kid they are - how much 𝘧𝘶𝘯 they had. ⁣⁣

Its so easy to internalize it. To wonder if you're a "bad" mom, to wonder why your kids save their grumpiest moments for you, to wonder what you're doing "wrong."⁣⁣

But I have a 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭 for you...you're not doing it wrong. 𝐈𝐧 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭? 𝐘𝐨𝐮'𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐭 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭: 𝐲𝐨𝐮'𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐬𝐚𝐟𝐞 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝. ⁣⁣

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Those tough feelings to navigate, the frustrations and anxieties that build up with time, the new experiences they navigate - they let all of that come out with the person they 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐬𝐭 the most, the person they know is there no matter what. Those warm, secure arms they know are always there to wrap them in a hug 𝐧𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭.⁣⁣

So if you're having one of those tough days together? 𝐑𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭. Be gentle with your heart. Know you're not alone, and that its okay to talk about it. Growing with these little people is a challenging job - you're doing just fine ❤