Mama of Littles, Babies Don’t Keep

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Mama of Littles, Babies Don’t Keep

Mama of Littles, who is struggling a bit with this tiring season of life . . . babies don’t keep.

I promise I was once like you. Madly in love with my three little children, but greatly surprised with how difficult the simplest tasks were. Like running to the grocery store or even getting dressed in peace could be.

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Don’t get me wrong, I deeply loved my life with my littles, but sometimes I looked at moms with older kids and wondered, “When is the day going to come when my kids will seem older? Is raising babies ever going to get easier for me? Did those parents think the phase I’m in was hard too? Or am I just weak?”

After all, I had been a mom for five years already and it still seemed every one of my three children (five and under) felt permanently small.

No one felt mature.

No one felt like they should be left unsupervised.

And when I thought of families with ten children, I always felt inadequate.

How do they do it? I just couldn’t imagine.

Because in my house of three littles (that one day became four) — a tantrum from someone was never out of the equation. My lap was always full. My arms were always extended. And just getting shoes on the feet of my babes daily was more stressful than my most stressful college exam the decade before.

Did I even know what selfless meant in my prior season of life? Maybe I did. Maybe I didn’t. But this I knew – I did by that point. It felt like I was the poster child for what a life focused on others looked like. (You know, me and every other mom in my same phase.)

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And sometimes giving so much of myself felt more exhausting than I was prepared for. The idea of having time to do my own nails or read a magazine or shop at the mall was a concept I no longer related to. And honestly, that reality just left me at times feeling worn down.

But guess what, sweet mama, that is reading this and feeling like I have a camera spying on your life today? And maybe spying on your thoughts too?

Guess what mama who is needing a little encouragement during a particularly long day at home with littles who may or may not have smeared paint on your wall and spilled cereal in your pantry?

Babies don’t keep. They grow up.

The time is quickly approaching when you will walk into your house and see the preteen version of that baby who is at your feet this very moment. It will stop you in your tracks and make you question the whole idea of time and life. Promise.

You will look around and notice the stuffed animals that are strewn about your floor right now are bagged up and the train sets that once filled your carpet are now collecting dust. The Barbie dolls they are holding this very moment will become cell phones in their hands. And the crayons that used to overflow from your cabinet will be tossed away without a second thought.

You will notice the requests for you to play with them will switch to, “Can I have so and so over?” And instead of snuggling up to watch a movie with you, they will run up to their room with their sibling and belly laugh at their favorite YouTube video. And when you ask if they need anything from you, they will shake their head no and gently shut the door with a smirk.

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One day much sooner than you think, sweet mama, you will turn around in your car and find that everyone can unbuckle themselves. And that instead of goldfish spilled on your car floor, their voices will be requesting fresh fish tacos from their favorite new taco shop downtown that they saw on Instagram.

Then the one little child that always requested for you to hold their hand at bedtime until the sun was fully down will easily walk up the stairs, crawl in bed and fall asleep without asking for a goodnight kiss. And it will make you proud but desperately miss the fact that they don’t need you anymore to feel safe.

Sweet mamas, I guess what I’m saying is that even though it feels like your littles will never grow up. They will. Babies don’t keep. But, still . . .

Everything they say about parenting is true.

Raising littles is absolutely exhausting.

 Raising littles is absolutely hard.

 But raising littles is also absolutely short.

And entirely fleeting.

And when you look back on it, it will feel like it lasted five minutes. Five minutes that you long for now when your house feels overly quiet. And when your time feels just a little too focused on you. Something you never knew was possible.

So mama, if your chaotic life today feels like it may never pass, just remember it will. Pinky promise.

And before you graduate to the next phase of parenting with its own set of trials and tribulations, just make sure that you hug those littles. And laugh at their littleness in this entirely precious and beautifully exhausting phase that you are in now.

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Much love,

A Mama with Not So Littles Anymore

About the Author /

Quinn is a wife, boy mom (x’s 4), blogger at Sanctification and Spitup, host of the Renew You Podcast and licensed marriage and family therapist. She loves to encourage others in relationships through her speaking, writing or podcast episodes.

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Sometimes, the combination of busy or boring days, Sometimes, the combination of busy or boring days, lack of sleep, tasks and demands that require 24/7 attention or worry, can combine to put you at risk for blowing up at your partner in utter despair.⁠
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While asking for help is imperative, so is knowing the difference between, "can you come here when you get a second?" and "COME HERE NOW." Discuss this with your partner so you can come up with a code word or phrase that can let each other know that you sense you are reaching a breaking point. Do your best to identify when you feel you are starting to lose patience, or energy, or control. #speakthesecret⁠
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Comic from book #goodmomshavescarythoughts @familiustalk @brooklyn_rabbit⁠
Words via @postpartumstress⁠
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Yes. It. Is. 👏🔋👋⁠ (quote via @fruitsofm Yes. It. Is. 👏🔋👋⁠
(quote via @fruitsofmotherhood)⁠
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❤️ A Guided Day of Practicing Self-Care: 7 Ste ❤️ A Guided Day of Practicing Self-Care: 7 Steps to Mindful Self-Love ❤️⁠
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As a busy parent, I know it's hard to find time to relax or learn more about practicing self-care techniques. However, as a wife, mother, and educator myself, I have found the practice of #selfcare to be an essential part of living a #healthy life. Taking the time to learn how to do it, and incorporate those practices, has made an enormous impact in my life.⁠
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The practice of #mindfulness has taught me how to slow down and become more aware of what I am doing and how I am feeling in any given moment. This in turn lends itself to carving out more time for self-care, because I’m able to see how busy I’ve become, where I need to make adjustments, and how important it is for me to take a break from mothering my children.⁠
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#Mindful living can reap benefits that range from better night's sleeps to reduced anxiety to lowered blood pressure to healthier and happier relationships with others. {Click 🔗 in bio for seven steps that will guide you through a day of loving self care.⁠}
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"5 years, 3 failed IUIs, 2 abdominal surgeries, 3 "5 years, 3 failed IUIs, 2 abdominal surgeries, 3 miscarriages, failed retrievals, transfer & pregnancies, a multitude of ultrasounds & blood work, 681 needles, countless pills, & endless flow of tears, & the result was our 'perfect' embryo.⁠
The journey to this moment was not easy. I didn't want to talk about what I was going through. It was easier to open up to a stranger than to some friends or family. Women don't talk about their #fertilitystruggles. We are almost embarrassed or ashamed to say the word #miscarriage. Do we think we are broken? Are you less of a woman if you are not a #mother?⁠
The more I opened up about my story, the more I met other women who were #tryingtoconceive or had lost a little #miracle growing inside of them. Each family had their own path, some were going to keep trying, some were going to try #IVF, some trying to adopt, some will end up being awesome Aunts or amazing stepmothers or great FurParents.⁠
If you ever get the change to talk to any of these courageous women remember not to judge their journey. Listen to their worries and fears & DO NOT tell her to 'just relax, when you aren't thinking about it, it will happen.' Know that you are in the presence of a #warrior!⁠
Thank you to my friends & family that respected our process & were there for us. Thank you to my doctors & nurses, to my acupuncturist & friend who put me on a list of herbs that I can't even pronounce, that changed everything. Most importantly thank you to my husband, Mike. Thank you for being by my side & coming to every single doctors visit. Thank you for considering your life with me & the possibility of not having kids in it & assuring me that I was #enough. Thank you for being my nurse, getting me Wonder Women band-aids & for being someone who couldn't watch me get a shot, to giving them to me every day for months on end. Thank you for being you, my strong & positive rock!⁠
So to all the women I've met along the way or to those that cry silently in the bathroom staring at those failed #pregnancy tests, know that you are not broken, you are no less of a woman if you are not a mother & most importantly you ARE NOT ALONE. I am with you." ❤️⁠
Words & 📷: @anirbas
💝 Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Moms with Litt 💝 Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Moms with Littles 💝⁠
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Everyone deserves to be reminded that they're loved and appreciated on Valentine's Day. 🥰 Especially moms of little ones! 🙌 It's so easy for them to get caught up in the day-to-day hustle of keeping up with their growing family, and Valentine's Day presents the opportunity to pause and appreciate the love you have for everyone in your life. Whether you're looking for a gift for a sweet, tired friend or need to pass along some suggestions to your partner, there's something for everyone on this Valentine's Day gift guide for moms with littles. 💕 {Click 🔗 in bio to see our entire list!}⁠
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THIS. 🙌 I feel like we put so much pressure on THIS. 🙌 I feel like we put so much pressure on ourselves to be great at everything for our kids and family. But that's not realistic. We all have strengths and weaknesses and that's okay. We can't be great at it all. That's normal. As long as we show up, do our best and love them hard, we're doing a great job. ❤️⁠
📷: @proudhappymama⁠
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