Sunday will be my first Mother's Day as a mom to two kids. Weird. Sometimes Robbie and I will be driving and I'll look in the backseat and say, "Whoa babe. We have kids. Two of them." And he'll laugh and agree that it's sort of flabbergasting. Sometimes I truly can't believe it. Maybe it's because we waited until later in life to have them, and there were so many more years where we lived a totally different lifestyle, doing our own thing. Or maybe it's because the thought of being completely responsible for someone else's life is naturally hard to comprehend, at least in the beginning years while you're still getting a grasp on this parenting thing. Whatever the reason, in the word of my husband, "it's a trip." Being a parent is a trip.
I could go on and on about how much I love Essley and Emmett; about how every single time I look at them I feel a wave of love wash over my entire being that is so profoundly intense I could drop to my knees. I could talk for hours about how Essley's awkwardly adorable dance routines slay me to the core. Or about how when Emmett cracks himself up hearing the sound of his own newfound screeching, I laugh so hard that tears coat my cheeks. Or about how holding them when they're sleeping and feeling their sweet breath on my skin is by far and away the most intensely beautiful thing I've ever experienced. But I'll just say that these kids, even when they're annoying me to the point of breaking, are the greatest gifts I've ever been given. They are my greatest achievements. And that might sound cheesy as hell but it's the truth. There is nothing in the world I love more than being their mom.
Whether you're a mom yourself (fur babies totally count; Bubby dog will always be my first born child!), have a mom/stepmom/mother-in-law you adore, or just love a nice Sunday in May, I hope you have a very happy Mother's Day. Robbie will be out of town for work until late afternoon this year, but Essley, Emmett, and I are having a sleepover at my own mama's Saturday night and can't wait to spoil the crap out of her Sunday morning.
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