Taking a Breath: Reflecting on Motherhood

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It can be hard to find the time to breathe. Ballet class. T-Ball. Pick up kids from school. Change diapers. Clean the bathroom. Soothe a teething toddler. Make dinner.

Some days, it feels like motherhood is a constant chain of chores. Help with homework. Load the dishwasher. Go to the pharmacy. Run the PTA meeting.

It may feel like we never stop moving. RSVP to classmate’s birthday party. Pay the bills. Make Halloween costumes. Vacuum Cheerios from the car seats. Grocery shopping.

In the constant whirlwind that is motherhood, it is important to find time catch our breath. We have the strength to give 110% to all we do. We have the power to knock off everything from our to do list without blinking an eye.

But, sometimes, we must slow down. We need to remember the first minute we held our children. When they were soft and snuggly and desperately needed us. We need to appreciate all the accomplishments. The first steps, the first words, the first day of school.

We made these events happen. We helped to shape our son into that confident little boy strolling into his first day of kindergarten without a look back. We encouraged that tiny ballerina on stage to twirl with all her might and pick herself right back up when she falls down.

This is motherhood, too. These small moments that don’t have a line item on our To Do list. We may forget them in the day-to-day hustle and bustle. We may be so buried in “What’s Next?” that we forget what’s special.

So we encourage you to stop and breathe. Take a moment for yourself and remember how far you have come, how much you and your children have accomplished. Savor every memory that floods into your heart.

Wrap up that feeling, and the next time you wrap your arms around your child, remember to breathe. Remember all you have done. Remember the joy of mom.

Photo courtesy of Colibri Photo

About Vicki Reece

Vicki Reece loves her babies (now in their early 20s), her puppies (whom she thinks she gave birth to) and her hubby. She also loves too much chocolate and really good coffee. When her first son was born, the seeds for Joy of Mom shortly followed. Author, dreamer, doer and admittedly obsessed with things she's passionate about—Vicki brings moms together for the greater good. Through livestreams, or Love Streams as her community's affectionately renamed them, she's found her voice, her passion and her people.

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