Coming off of another tough night, I have to remind myself that there are not one, but two little girls watching my every move. My exhaustion isn’t an excuse to have a short temper, nor is it a reason to not practice patience and empathy. I have to stay strong as a Mama for two reasons: Annabelle and Ailey.
I never want to disappoint my daughters – even though I know that’s impossible. There will be days I mess up, I’ll upset my girls, and unfortunately infants/toddlers just don’t understand the true meaning of “I’m sorry.” How does one teach their daughters mistakes are okay?
When I feel myself starting to unravel over a tiny annoyance, I have to remind myself to take a look at the four eyes tracking me. Even though Ailey is just six months old, she can still pick up on my emotions. And Annabelle – she is wise beyond her three years. More often than not she will ask why I am so mad/sad and her acute awareness of my emotions brings me back to reality.
Moms – do you have a daily mantra? What do you tell yourself when you feel like you’re at the end of your rope for the day before lunchtime?
For me – all it takes is a minute. I hug my beautiful daughters and breathe deeply. I inhale their innocence and let my heart fill with the love and joy they bring into my life. I watch their interactions and memorize how much they love each other unconditionally – how much they love me unconditionally – and tell myself it’s over to start all over. They say that Moms are the glue to hold everyone together when life seems to fall apart, but I truly believe it’s my children who hold our lives together.