When I was young, I didn't really realize how important Mother's Day was. I mean, I always celebrated with my mom and knew it was a day for moms but that was it. Now that I am a mom, It's so much more to me. Although we should always recognize the hard work our mother's put in day in and day out, it's fun to have a special day that is dedicated to all the mamas.
The girl who made me a mama.
My first year as a mom was difficult, as I'm sure it is for every mom. Breastfeeding 24/7, late nights, all the poop/throw up, the crying every time I wasn't around, etc, etc. was exhausting but somewhat fulfilling, if that makes any sense at all. It was everything I wanted but everything I didn't want all at the same time. But when I woke up on the morning of my first Mother's Day and Brian brought Mila in wearing this special onesie, my heart melted. All those difficult times just seemed to go away. The appreciation I felt that day from the both of them made me feel so very blessed and happy.
I thought things got easier as kids grow, but at times, I feel even more tired now than I did in the first year, haha! Sure she's able to eat on her own and play with her toys now but the climbing, running, attitude, pretending she can't hear me call her name, and all the other fun toddler behaviors are coming in strong and I'm sure you all can agree, it gets tiring. Why is it so difficult to teach a toddler how to share??! Does every toddler learn to say "Mine" on their own? And the way she says "No," so much sass for such a little girl. When do they forget their own name? Mila, Mila, Mila, MILA! Nothing. Hahahahaha! I had no idea the ignoring stage started so young! She runs around in stores, she sets off home alarms, she sticks her hands in paint the one second I turn away, she spills syrup when I'm in the bathroom (the one time she wasn't banging on the door, I shoulda knew something was going on), she sleeps on my face, she unfolds my laundry, she eats all my food but I wouldn't have it any other way. I know things won't get easier for a long time, or at all? I'm sure she'll always be doing something that'll keep me on my toes!
While I absolutely LOVE being a mom and wouldn't change it for the world, I know motherhood is not all fun and games. Being a mom is HARD! It's the hardest thing i've ever done in my life! In fact, Mila just woke up crying while I was writing this sentence, haha! No matter how sick I am, how tired I am, how hungry I am, the show must go on! Mom'ing never stops. I know you all can agree with me here!
But no matter what, she's my little Mila and I love her more then she'll ever know. Watching her grow has been the best part of this journey. She's become such a little free spirit, that's what I tell myself when she's running away from me and touching everything, hahaha! I wonder how long I can tell myself that! But she's the bravest, silliest, funniest, most perfect little girl and I am so lucky to be her mama.
My second Mother's Day was just as fabulous as the first! Brian took us on a surprise trip to Napa where we ate, drank a TON of wine, ran into some friends, did a little antique shopping and finished the day with a nice quiet dinner at home. Love going on mini adventures with those two.
I hope you all had an AMAZING Mother's day! Celebrate all the special mama's out there who've lost sleep for you, given you their last bites, chased after you in the grocery store, used their last dollar on your favorite toy, or just cuddled you when you needed it the most. Show them how much you appreciate their hard work, sacrifices and endless love. Happy Mother's day to all you beautiful mamas!