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Have kids they said. It’ll be fun they said. LOL
My expectations of motherhood were pretty realistic for the most part. I knew it would be the hardest, most rewarding job I had to do. I also knew it would take a lot out of me. I didn’t realize exactly how exhausted I would be, day in and day out though. Motherhood is constant and always and every single minute. Especially with littles who still depend on you for everything. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m SO grateful to have my little family. Being home with them is an amazing gift.
I didn’t know how life changing motherhood would be on a personal level in how I live my day to day life. I’ve learned selflessness, and am way less selfish, and am just now starting to get back to my pre-kids level of self care. I’ve always heard moms say how they’re kids made them a better person, but I didn’t know how that would manifest for me.
Seeing the world through their eyes is a blessing, and a great reminder for me to look for the joy in and be extra grateful for the little things. It takes 2 seconds for me to walk from the porch door to the kids’ swingset in the backyard. Not with the kids in tow. We’ll head out to the back and they will stop every couple of steps to be in awe of something…an ant pile, a funny looking weed, a flower, a mosquito, a cloud, the sun… It’s amazing.
I’m trying to be very conscious with this and bring some of that energy into my life. I’ve done gratitude lists/journaling for a while but now that I’m trying to be more conscious of it all day, noticing small blessings are even easier. I’ve recently added things to my gratitude list that I would never have thought to in the past. Things like there being juuuuust enough heavy cream left in the carton for my morning coffee, or my clothes still smelling awesome in the drawer from the Downy Unstopables,
or turning the TV on and it being on the station I wanted. I love it when that happens.
Little tiny things, but they matter and add to my joy. This past weekend 15 minutes of silence was on my gratitude list:
Every time John makes a Costco pit stop for gas on his way home from work (gas there is so cheap btw – another blessing) he texts to ask if I need something there. That is a small thing that means a lot because he’s not a shopper and I know he doesn’t actually want to go in…but he does! Probably every couple weeks I ask for him to pickup my favorite lil bald man.
I run through these Mr. Clean Magic Erasers for cleaning up the kitchen and the bathroom quickly and without having to scrub back and forth like a mad woman…. but thanks to my two lil monsters I birthed, I also use them on the regular for cleaning up “decorations” on the wall, the table, the doors, the bed…basically everywhere there shouldn’t be toddler-made “decorations”
If any of you moms know a way to thwart this behavior, let me know so I can add YOU to my gratitude list! Seriously, I have added my magic erasers to my list for saving my belongings (and my children’s lives) over and over.
I’m challenging myself to stop and look at the small blessings, tiny details and little gifts that add to my joy. It’s working. I feel so much happier and even more thankful for everything. This is spilling over and I find myself having a lil less snark, a lil less sarcasm….(well, a liiiiiiittle less sarcasm lol) so let’s see how this goes! I want to challenge you to do the same as well!
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What small things are on your gratitude list?
simply seeing my baby’s smile, knowing she’s healthy and happy, safe travel everyday, my husband, my family. You are right on almost everything about motherhood, but they are our greatest blessing and I wouldn’t trade ’em for the world 🙂