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Parenthood. It’s really something else, isn’t it? It’s hands down the hardest, but most rewarding job I’ve ever had in my life. I’ve been “Mama” for almost 18 months now, and every single day is a completely new journey filled with joy, struggles, learning, chaos and a whole lot of messes. Just the other day, my little one decided to dump an entire (large) box of animal crackers on the floor, and then proceeded to stomp over them while eating them off of the floor. Mind you, all of this happened in the 3 seconds I took my eye off of her while peeling myself an apple.
I got frustrated. I got discouraged. I got upset with her. I had a moment of weakness, and it doesn’t sit well with me that I got to that point. I’m not going to bash myself for feeling that way, because I’m a human and my feelings are real and valid, but I had to take a step back and realize that I needed to try to embrace the messes, because she’s only this small for today and today only. Tomorrow she’ll be a little older, and she’ll grow a little bit bigger. I need to relax and enjoy the gift of parenthood and not sweat the small stuff, like if I’ll be able to get ketchup out of her dress, or if I have to vacuum animal crackers out of the carpet 3 times a day.