The Ever Changing Role of Motherhood

Motherhood is one of those interesting things. It keeps you on your toes. Just when you think you know what you are doing, everything changes.

It starts out slow. Diapers, nursing, rocking. Soon solid food is involved. Then crawling and walking. Then getting into things you don't want them to get into. I remember being in that phase at home with both kids where we didn't have anything going on. One of my friends told me to enjoy it because it would pass all too quickly. And pass it has. Now I realize how precious it was. I won't ever have that phase with this new baby. From the beginning it will be go, go, going along with the rest of us and all our commitments.

This whole five days a week kindergarten thing has thrown me for a bit of a loop. And just when I was trying to wrap my head around it, another parent at school said, "And here's the next 13 years of our lives." So true. It just doesn't stop. After half day kindergarten begins school all the freaking day long. My little boy will be away from me for so long!!! I know, I'm drama.

But seriously, everything is always changing. I remember being oh-so-freaked-out with the idea of leaving Connor at preschool with strangers. People I didn't know! Sure they ended up being ladies I totally loved, but in the beginning I was leaving my baby with strangers. And I survived.

Now I find myself getting used to a new normal. One that will feel so normal in the not so distant future. One that, before I know it or even want it to happen, will be past and no longer the norm. So I guess as this fleeting roll of mothering young children rushes by me, I only have one piece of advice for myself. In fact, it's a piece of advice for myself that I've had for y-e-a-r-s.

Carpe diem.

Seize the day.

Jessica, enjoy all those drop offs and pick ups. Enjoy the fact that Connor still grabs for your hand when he leaves school. Love that he will tell you about his new friends and will talk about his teacher. This little kid thing will be gone before you know it. And I know you love it. So enjoy it.

Pardon me while I go cry in a corner. What?! I do have crazy pregnancy hormones pumping through my system! And my little boy is growing up!!!

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