Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Life Lessons from Tiny Humans...

There are millions of things to do in a day. Big, small, important, unnecessary. You get the idea.

Life with a baby, let alone twins, is hard work. There are diapers to change, meals to feed, nursing to do, bottles to wash, laundry, food scraps to sweep up, tummy time to supervise, sleepy babies to rock, dishes to do, meals to make... and those, for the most part are just the things on the must do list. Its hard and its rewarding. Its the best job I've ever had, but it is also overwhelming (especially at first) and exhausting.

I'm not saying this to complain. Not even a little.

I'm saying this to explain: there is a lot to do BUT, its ok if you aren't perfect. Because you are perfect in your baby's eyes. You are their everything. And I promise, they will not notice if your sink is full of dishes or your bathroom needs a good scrub down, they likely wont notice if your hair is a wreck or if you didn't brush your teeth this morning.

It wasn't until a few weeks into my new role as a mama of twins that I realized it. I can't do it all. And further more, I don't care. I am much more interested in being with my boys. Watching them learn to climb, discover new things, mimic things I model. Sure, I could get more done on my days at home, but I've resigned myself to the fact that my house just isn't going to be picture perfect anymore (unless we are expecting company), at least not for a few more years.

When I wake up in the night and nearly break my neck on some toy with wheels that was left in the hallway the night before, I thank God. I smile and pretty often my eyes get a little wet as I walk into the nursery to calm an upset baby. Because I have babies. Something I spent a long time wondering if I'd ever say.

Those babies, I love them to pieces. They've taught me what is important. They taught me to hold on to the very few things that are important to me, and let the other stuff slide.

Life, surprising as this may seem, is simpler now. We added two babies to our family and somehow, unexplainably so, I find life so much simpler and certainly sweeter.


Tracy said...

Amen... mom of twin girls (almost 2) There are not enough hours in the day to keep up.... Things that I thought were important before (dishes, cleaning, laundry etc) are not nearly important as the twins. +

Stephanie said...

What a great post. Sometimes I get frustrated that I can't seem to get everything done, many of the things you mentioned that pertain to keeping a clean house, but I do have to remember that I wanted so badly to have the excuse of a messy house - kids! They are precious and just want to be with us. I've just learned that Chloe likes to help with the dishes - who knew?! I can clean AND spend time with her. Win win! :)

Amber said...

I love this post!! I struggle with trying to be super woman and get it all done and it's impossible. I'm still learning to let go... I just love what you wrote. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Agree 100%. Life just makes sense, and there is a sense of calm when you know that everything that matters is right there in your house. Great post.