Thursday, May 15, 2014

May Natural Living Blog Carnival: Babies Don't Keep



Welcome to the May 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Moms. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about how they take time to care for themselves. Stop by all of the posts to get green ideas on how you can take better care of yourself .

Babies Don't Keep


As many of you know, we welcomed our second son, Desmond, into the world on April 9th (birth story coming soon, I promise!).  I'm sure that any of you with more than one child can relate to the fact that there hasn't been much "me" time lately.  So when it came time to write my post for this month's carnival, it was hard for me to come up with a post about ways that I take time for myself.  Then, one of my fellow mommy friends shared the above poem on Facebook.  And it got me thinking.... it's ok that I'm not taking a lot of time for myself right now.  There's really not much I want to do other than cuddle my new baby, and that's ok.

My sink may have dishes in it from yesterday, my laundry may be piled as high as the washing machine, and I honestly cannot remember the last time I took a shower by myself, but you know what?  My tiny little Desmond slept peacefully on my chest for a solid three hours this afternoon; and Charlie and I spent a crazy amount of time building a block house for a spider this evening after dinner.  And THOSE are the things that I did for myself today - I made memories with my littles.  

One day too soon, my children will be grown and I'll be caught up on chores and will be able to soak in the bathtub with a glass of wine all evening if I choose.  But for now, you'll find me squished between my babies in our family bed, enjoying every cuddly moment that I can get.

So cuddle your babies, mamas.  Make memories with your older ones.  Know that it's ok to genuinely enjoy being with your children and not wish that you were alone.  

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10 comments:

  1. Making memories with our little ones IS so important and I am one of those mamas that thinks it is more important that housework some days too :)

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  2. There is nothing better we can do is make memories with our children. And when those memories include showing them how to care for nature and the environment, it's a win-win.

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  3. Now, if only I could get the rest of my family to realize this! ;) I usually choose spending time with DS over chores, any day!! I know when he's grown, I'll be glad I did.

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  4. Its amazing how fast they grow! My oldest will be 22 this year, time goes so fast...

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  5. This is so true. Making memories with my children is something that I do for myself too. Now that my youngest is 4, I can get some "me" time. But I remember when mine were little too (they're 21 months apart) and there wasn't much "me" time unless my husband made me go have some personal time, which was always much appreciated.

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  6. My kids are only 6 & 4, but time does fly. There are times when I wish they were small again. So yes, enjoy these moments! :)

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  7. I just realized you just birthed Desmond number 3 in my life right now. I'm calling it.. Top 10 for 2014! ;) And you snuggle him, mama. Snuggle him so hard.

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