I’m joining some wonderful ladies for Motherhood Monday. Today’s topic is Motherhood Mindset. I’ll share the links to their posts below. Enjoy!
Once upon a time, in a land not to far away, there was a young girl. She was organized. Each day she created for herself a list of tasks and she made sure to always get every item crossed off before the day was done. She loved to cook elaborate meals. She loved to read and would fly through books with ease.
Fast forward a few years to today. That girl has added a dog, husband and two kids to her world. She is way less organized. To-do lists are scattered around the house, all containing a note at the bottom to consolidate her lists. She still loves to cook, but has traded exotic meals for those that are kid-friendly (and that can be cooked with one hand). It now takes her weeks to get through a book, as she only is able to squeeze in a few pages before falling asleep.
[that girl is me]
Before having kids, I had all sorts of ideas of what kind of mother I would be. And, despite what experienced moms told me, I was confident that I would be able to do it all. My house was going to stay clean. I was going to have time to make exciting, healthy meals every night. I wasn’t going to have to give up things that I loved.
Of course, it hasn’t turned out that way. Motherhood is messy. It’s busy. I don’t have a lot of time to myself. When it was just Lyla, I was better at staying on top of things (despite her awful sleeping patterns) but, since adding Simon Earl to our worlds, I’m still working on finding a schedule that works for us.
The old me would be horrified at how high the laundry piles up some weeks. The chaos of toys and things scattered around the house would drive her crazy.
Ninety percent of the time, I would say that the old me is gone. That I have fully embraced the new level of craziness that is my life. But, sometimes, my old mindset tries to creep in and stress me out. But, when that happens, I try to slow down and just absorb where I’m at now. I have a wonderful, loving, supportive husband. I have two healthy and happy children. I live in a beautiful place. Life is so, so good. Never ending to-do lists and all.