What a difference a year makes!
Motherhood has taught me so many valuable lessons about myself and about life. Even though I've only been in it a little over a year, it has shed a lot of light on many things.
Being a Mom is something that I absolutely love and enjoy! I am very grateful that in His perfect timing, God allowed me to become a Mom. There were and are so many things I that I look forward to about being a mother. It's a bonus when your child is as cute as can be and tons of fun.
Being a Mom is hard work and I know it will continue to be, but it's also very rewarding and fulfilling work. Our days are very busy and full, but they are also overflowing with love, happiness, joy, memories and fun.
I have said it a hundred times, but I feel completely fortunate to be able to stay at home everyday with Parker. I'm so thankful I get to be the one to take care of him during the day. I don't take this blessing for granted and I hope that the Lord will continute to bless us so that I can always be a stay-at-home Mom (SAHM). I know many women would jump at the opportunity to stay at home with their child or children.
Being a SAHM is definitely a full-time job, but one that doesn't pay me cash. My payment comes in...
- hugs and kisses
- outstretched arms to be held or picked up
- smiles and giggles
- being handed a toy to play with or a book to read and look at
- holding my hand as we walk
- hearing "wuv wu" back when I say "I love you Parker"
- hearing him starting to talk and develop his own vocabulary
- a head rested on my chest as we snuggle and rock
- arms spread out wide to say "THIS MUCH" when asked how much we love him
- having fun grocery shopping and other outtings throughout the week
- him remembering things I have taught him - smart boy
- the excitement he has when a favorite tv show or song comes on
- watching him change and develop so much in a year's time
- seeing him drag his blanket around which so happens to be the one I used to sleep with
Mother's Day was pretty low-key, but nice. We had just returned from a long trip, so we went to church and had a relaxing afternoon complete with naps for all of us. We got some take-out for dinner from LaMadeleine (one of my favorites) and John made brownies from scratch - yummy to my tummy.
Parker wore his Easter shirt to church so we were matching in our aqua blue.
They got me a beautiful Willow Tree figurine called "Tenderness" where a mother is holding her child with their legs around her waist and they are touching foreheads - I love it!! I also got a Mom's "One-Line-A-Day" journal. It's a dated book where I will write something Parker did or said on that day that I want to remember. It's a five-year journal, so once I have filled it up, it will be an awesome collection of memories of funny and neat things Parker said or did. Lastly, John made me a cute certificate entitling me to a full day of doing whatever I want - hooray! It's so nice to have a husband that is very sweet and helpful - such an amazing husband and father.
Parker had a great time helping me unwrap and open so Christmas will be loads of fun this year.
Until we meet again...