Every mom who has gone before you on this unchartered trail of motherhood as a pioneer will be the first to tell you: It goes by so fast. Enjoy it.
I remember hearing these words, or some variation, on more occasions than I could possibly count when Fern was a tiny baby. I remember thinking that there was no way these people could have possibly remembered what having a newborn was like. Those days do not go by fast. They go by at a snail’s pace. Those days when you’re dealing with postpartum hormones and sleep depravation and a tiny human who you don’t really understand yet…those days can be pretty brutal. To be completely honest, I remember feeling like I was never going to make it through and if I could’ve wished those days away, I probably would’ve. I remember kind of wanting to punch those moms who told me to enjoy it in the face.
But, do you wanna know the thing about other mothers? They’re often right.
Last night at dinner my almost-two-year-old snuggled up to me, looked up into my eyes and said, “I love you to the moon Mama.”
When did you become almost-two-year-old little person my tiny Fern Winter? It’s like I blinked and it happened. I’m a little scared that if I blink again, I might wake up with a teenager. I mean seriously…I was being all nostalgic last night flipping through baby photos and when I saw this one next to the one I took on Friday my heart almost couldn’t take it.
I don’t even have a two-year-old quite yet and I already feel like it’s going by quickly, so I can only imagine that it’s a phrase I’ll be repeating many times over the years.
If you’re in the thick of it and feeling like this crying, poopy diaper, baby blob stage will never end? Take heart that it does. And it doesn’t make you a bad mother that you sometimes want to wish it away. We’ve all been there. Just know it gets better and one day you’ll have a little person telling you that they love you to the moon and your heart will melt with the joy that is motherhood.
Love and sappiness,