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Moments that make parenting all worth it

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A moms job is almost always overwhelming. I say almost always because we get those moments that make parenting worthwhile. Even better if those moments happen when you need them most. These moments are what make the countless sleepless nights, the head aches, the constant messes and just sheer difficulty that motherhood brings all worth it. These moments are pure joy.

ONE:

There is no appropriate word to describe how amazing it feels to hear your child tell you they love you unprompted. Definitely one of the best feelings ever, especially when hey say it with such pure affection. This is the purest kind of love there is. Embrace these moments.

Two:

We all know the overwhelming feeling of joy our kids hit their milestones, whether it be when they take their first steps or start high school. The feeling of joy stays the same, no matter what age they are. I remember the tears of joy when my daughter took her first steps and said her first words and you best believe I’ll ball like a baby when she starts Kindergarten and high school.

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Three:

Watching your kids laugh and play with absolutely no worries in the world is simply just a priceless feeling. Their happiness and laughter are so infectious that you can’t help but smile with joy, even on a bad day. My favorite right now is when my 2 and a half year old plays with our kittens and laughs that one kind of laugh that is just so contagious that you can’t help but belly laugh too.

Four:

One thing that just melts my heart and makes me so proud is witnessing how selfless my daughter is. From day one, we’ve worked to instill values of kindness. It’s such an amazing feeling when you see your kids unfold their kindness and compassion in an act of total selflessness. Seeing this moves you to the core. My two year old will share her favorite toy or blanket with anyone in the house if she thought they needed it. Although she’s in the terrible twos stage, she’s one of the most selfless little humans I’ve ever met.

Five:

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come home from a bad, stressful day at work to my daughters screams of delight because she’s truly happy to see me. Your whole bad day is instantly forgotten about when your tiny humans love you so much that they get so excited when you walk into the house.

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Six:

There is no feeling that you get like the one you get when you see your kids being courageous. When they overcome the fear of the dark or try something they wouldn’t try before because they were too afraid, just makes you so warm and happy that you could cry.

 

Seven:

When your kids finally get something that you’ve been trying to teach them for a while, and finally just get it, is so beautiful, The look of excitement is their eyes when they finally get it, is an unforgettable look. If you could just save that look and sell it, you’d be rich. You’re over powered with how proud you are.

 

Even though parenting is hard and overwhelming, and can cause you to lose your hair and sanity, it’s moments like these that make it worth it!

 

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5 Troubles of Having a Big Family

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Having a family of your own is one of the best feelings in the world. Holding your little rug-rats till they eventually grow older is the other best feeling as a mother. If you would have told me in middle school that I was going to be a mom, I probably would have laughed in your face and said some obscured line. If you would have told me I was going to be a mom of three mini-sized Tasmanian devils then I would have probably ran the other.

However with the best feelings in the world, come the problems and obstacles! I never knew raising three children would be one of the hardest tasks I would ever have to face on a day-to-day basis. It is worth it but can be troubling at times. For those who have even bigger family numbers, I applauded you! I would not be able to handle being in your shoes for a day.

I have come up with 5 problems to having a bigger family. None of these are to scare you out of having a big family, by all means the more the merrier!

Space/Clutter

When having a bigger family space becomes an issue. From the living room being converted into the play room to no longer having your own room. Here at the H. household we are a family of five! Even in a two bedroom apartment we are often cramped for space. My living room looks like a war zone of toys that was made by tiny elves. Organization becomes key when having a bigger family, however I lack at the thought of organizing toys! Clutter is another thing that comes with having three pint-sized human beings. Mom space becomes their space!

Alone Time

Having one child is easy, it takes little effort, in my opinion. You can do so many things and be alone for a while; you can take a nap when they nap, you can have a cup of tea and breath, or even shower in privacy! When I had my oldest I was able to do things by myself! Now having three I can’t even make food with out all three of them at my feet like tiny dogs. I won’t even get started on alone time with your better half, we have maybe one date night a month because we don’t get time alone. Our alone time is at eight at night while watching Netflix as we pass out from pure exhaustion.

Can I Super Size That?

Having a bigger family eventually means upgrading to bigger things. Not all items need upgrading but most things you will have to super size it. Example  your car is one thing that is a needed upgrade. Our previous car was a Kia Rondo. It isn’t huge but isn’t as small as a four door Honda Malibu. When I became a mother of three plus the dogs I found it extremely cramped and had to level up my car. I now own a Toyota Sienna, that’s right a mom van. Never in my life have I ever wanted a mom van, but that is the prognosis of having a bigger family.

You also have to Super Size your pantry and fridge capacity. If you have boy’s you know why, if not well lets just say having a bigger family means more mouths to feed. We now have to feed seven mouths (fur babies too), three of which are boy’s! I run out food faster than running out of cloths to wash.

Sorry I’m Late

I use to be a very punctual person! I would arrive to work an hour before my shift started, be on time for birthdays, and never miss a time frame. Now trying to get three deaf little humans to get their butts in gear has made me become less that punctual. It is very rarely that I show up on time for things. I am either ten minutes behind or calling saying that we will be extremely late. Hot mess moms know this trouble!

Asking your children to put shoes on turns into you becoming Godzilla and yelling the question. My family wonders why my daughter has two mismatched socks, it’s because I would rather get out the door and her be alive then worry about the color of socks she happened to find. This also falls into super sizing and space, but shoving all the kids in the car is another problem for being late. One always has to pee right after you buckle them, you have to ask if they are all still buckled when starting the car, and by the time you start to dive off you realize someone forgot their shoes after asking seven thousand times to put them on!

“You have your hands full!”

If there is one thing I can’t stand its strangers having the need to make comments about your rather large family size. I don’t get it as much anymore unless the children are acting up in public but I know it happens behind my back. When I had my youngest I was twenty-two, I always got “Your too young to have three!” or “You sure do have your hands full!”.  Yes having three unruly children can be a handful at times I already know this you don’t need to point it out. As much as I try to appreciate the comments I don’t need a stranger telling me that I have my hand full. What are my hands full of exactly? Is it the endless energy that I wish I could contain and use or is it the fact that they are actually playing with each other despite me saying don’t be so rowdy in public?

But let me tell you something about all these reasons

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Having more children to raise is hard work but it is worth the undeniable and unconditional love you get in return. Having three kids to love is beyond fulfilling even in the worst of times. Yes they make me want to pull my hair out, yes at twenty-four I have started getting grey hairs but at the end of the day my three Jedi’s loving me is the best feeling in the world. They don’t care about the lacking space, the being late or all the other reasons. They care about loving us and us loving them.

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