Hey, Mama! Live in the Moment
I don’t understand how flipping fast time goes. In high school it felt like each day was a week long and that I would never graduate. Now I feel like I’ve missed months at a time because they have passed so quickly. It puts life into perspective when you can watch time through children. Seeing them when they are first born and not knowing anything or really doing much of anything. To them learning how to sit up, walk, run, talk etc. Before you know it they are starting school.
It’s such a wonderful thing to see children grow, but it’s also a little bittersweet. Never being able to go back and relive those tender first moments as a newborn with them. Never being able to hold them in one hand again. Those moments like their first bath and the first time they roll over – those memories and moments are so special, yet they pass so quickly.
As a mom I’m so eager to live in the moment and enjoy everyday as it comes because for the first year or so of Harlow’s life I was so consumed with small things that didn’t matter and also dealing with postpartum depression. I was consumed with thoughts that were so silly and I was so hard on myself. Those thoughts made me majorly miss out and I now look back and I regret not living more in the moment.
After realizing this was happening I decided to make the change. I needed to shift my thinking and release this pressure I had weighing on my shoulders. I’m not ever going to be a PERFECT mom because that doesn’t exists. I’m not always going to do the right thing and that’s ok. I’m not always going to be put together and that’s ok, too. Some days both Harlow and I look like a hot mess. (Two years ago that would have eaten at me and made me so upset.) Now we embrace our messy buns and laid back attitude and we LIVE IN THE MOMENT.
We embrace the crazy!
Some of the things we do to stay living in the moment:
(NO SOCIAL MEDIA OR ELECTRONICS WHILE DOING ANY OF THESE.)
We craft or DIY
Have a dance party
We do each other’s hair and nails (yes it can painful and messy)
We take pictures
We read books
We colour and paint
We go for walks and look for interesting plants, flowers, bugs, etc.
We go to the river for a walk
We do a puzzle
We go for a drive
We play dress-up
We go to the park
I encourage you to take lots of pictures, write yourself or your children a handwritten note, go for a nature walk, sit and just listen to your favourite tunes. Enjoy those moments with your loved ones. Laugh together and make lasting memories – you never know what tomorrow holds or what will change in a year. XO