Wednesday, January 20, 2016

What I know for sure...

I've been collecting a few thoughts over the last few months, that I wanted to document and share here...

Being a mom of two girls, what I know for sure is...

♥ My heart now lives and breathes as two separate hearts outside of my body.

♥ Sleep sure is precious.

♥ Time flies, like, seriously, time just goes by way too fast!

♥ As much as I try and savour the little moments, they pass in the blink of an eye.

♥ It's such a rollercoaster ride - emotions going from feeling so much love to so much agitation in the short space of a minute.

♥ Messy play is fun.  Don't think about the mess.  Just play.

♥ Just sitting on the couch, holding them close to me, breathing them in... it's a glimpse of heaven!

♥ Kids don't always want to eat the food you cook for them. Give them a banana.

♥ Supper prep is difficult with an almost-two-year-old on your hip.  Bribing with Cheese Curls works.

♥ A coffee by myself is pure bliss.

♥ Listening to them sleep.  It's a glimpse of heaven.

♥ A trip to the grocery store by myself - bliss.

♥ Colouring in with my girlies is the best thing ever.

♥ Tea parties also.  Don't mind the mess.

♥ Give them sand and water to play with - you'll have a couple of minutes to yourself - like, at least 5 minutes!

♥ They don't always sleep when and where you want them to sleep.

♥ They learn the bad words first. Trying to teach a 20-month old to change "oh shit" to "oh shucks" isn't easy...

♥ Oh but when they put their arms around your neck and press their little faces close to yours... a glimpse of heaven for sure...

♥ Chocolate is wonderful

♥ Wine also. For me, not for them!

♥ My heart skips a beat in moments when I see their long legs, their long fingers, the knowing look in their eyes, and I wonder, "when did you get this big?"

♥ They just love to play with your cellphone

♥ Hearing the words "Mama" makes everything right in the world

♥ Kids love unexpected surprises, like a surprise "yes" to a question that usually gets a "not today, sweetie" answer - I really like surprising them like this!  Off we go to the dairy farm, or for an icecream, or to bake cupcakes, or to play in the mud.

♥ Morning snuggles are wonderful

♥ Seeing them bond with their daddy, their grandparents, their aunts and uncles and cousins makes my heart so happy

♥ All the parenting books, websites and experts don't necessarily know what's best for you. Just do what feels right. Go with your heart.

♥ They love it when you stop what you're doing, put down what you're busy with, and give them your full attention

♥ Playdough is fun!

♥ Being silly and laughing together is fun!

♥ Celebrating special events and having family traditions is awesome

♥ It's not all moonshine and roses and people don't like to talk about those moments when it's thorny and dark

♥ It's all just phases and stages and just as you've mastered the stage they move into the next phase...

♥ Being a mom is wonderful, difficult, overwhelming, special, heartbreaking, challenging, pure bliss and frustrating all at the same time.

♥ I wouldn't have it any other way. This is me.  They're mine.



  1. What a lovely little list! And I can just see the joy in all this.

  2. I adore your list and can agree with you about most if not all!
    Hahaha I read through this nodding my head all the way and when I got to the OH SHIT part I burst out laughing because Shae said that just the other day in the bath when one of her toys slipped out of her hand out of the bath and hubby is to blame because I use he F-word :p

    1. Wahahaha @ Shae also saying oh shit, that's too funny! Yes, must admit, I also use the f-word the most, oops, LOL!

  3. Aw Jess, what an awesome list. It sums up how most of us feel about our kids. They are so very precious, our most prized possession, the best thing we've ever done.
    I like the "give them a banana" Works every time with Liam
    LOL had to laugh at Debs saying the F-word. I mostly say Frikkadoodle, if I can control myself that is.

    1. Hehehe glad I'm not the only one that just gives a banana, LOL!

      Frikkadoodle, I like that!!


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