Last week I wrote a post about the bad days I experience as a mom (read it here), and in it I mentioned that no matter how hard a specific bad day is, the good days always outweigh the bad ones. Today I want to focus on the really good moments of being a mom: the moments which take my breath away, the moments of happiness and pride, the moments when my heart is so full I do not know what to do with all this love, the moments of pure gratitude and the moments which highlight the importance of my role as a mom.
It is these moments which lead to days when, after I put Bean down to sleep, all I want to do is wake him back up again so that I can see his smile one more time before I go to bed. Days which are filled with little achievements and simple joys which overshadow the big moments I previously thought so important. Days when I forget about all the things that need to get done and become a child again – our joint laughter filling the house with life and love.
Here is my collection of heart-warming moments:
- When Bean grabs my hand as he falls asleep, holding it tightly against his chest.
- When I try put him down and he wraps his little legs around my waist like a monkey, refusing to be let go.
- When he crawls into my lap for a cuddle.
- When he calls me simply to smile at me.
- When I pick him up and he rests his head on my shoulder, his hands enveloping my neck.
- When he spontaneously decides to give me a kiss.
- When pride emanates out of his face like a ray of sunshine when he shows off a new skill
- When he hears the garage door open and excitedly whispers, ‘Daddy?’, his eyes alive with excitement and hope.
- When he makes up his own words like ‘meam’, a combination of ‘mess’ and ‘clean’.
- When he runs instead of walking, a cloud of happiness and wonder surrounding his entire being.
- When he gets down on his haunches before he runs off as if to say, ‘ready or not, I am coming!’
- When he says, ‘bye’ with an excited little wave to whomever it is we happen to pass, without any judgement or preconceived ideas about who that person might be.
- When he goes up to children he has never met before and gives them a big kiss.
To me these moments epitomise the beauty of childhood, of a unique character developing and the special bond between parent and child.
If you are having a bad day, dear reader, I encourage you to make a list just like mine. Not only will it make you realise how blessed you are to be a parent, it will immortalise these moments which we tend to forget all too easily.