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Remember Momma With Love

By Beth Anne Ballance |

I worry that I complain too much about motherhood.  That I don’t celebrate it enough, that I simply stare at the challenges with a grimace instead of welcoming them as life at it’s fullest.

I worry that I look at the negatives too often, the poop and the spilled milk and the lack of sleep.

It’s the exhaustion speaking, of course.  The exhaustion that comes from the day-in-day-out care of a home, husband, toddler, and job despite eight hours of sleep each night.  The exhaustion of the to-do list and the reviews, whether they are quarterly by a boss or simply the watchful eyes of judgmental strangers.

I hope I never look back at these days and only think of the screaming in the car when I have to tell Harrison sharply to stop kicking Momma’s seat.  I hope that Harrison never remembers his childhood as Momma always speaking sharply.

Instead, I hope he remembers how much I enjoyed packing his yellow bee lunch box, trying to decide what he’d like best that day.

I hope he remembers all the trips to the park and how I blew his oatmeal cool every morning for well over a year, even when it didn’t need cooling.

I hope he remembers how we walked as a family, three in a row with him in the middle and he grabbed our hands and we counted to three and his legs kicked up in the air.

I hope I tell him one day how I used to lay in bed at night and sniff the lavendar baby wash on my fingers, because he was sleeping in the other room and I missed him.

Beth Anne writes words & takes pictures on The Heir to Blair.
You can also find her on the Twitters & Facebook.

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Beth Anne Ballance

Beth Anne Ballance is a born and bred Southern Belle, blogging at okay, ba and using words and pictures to celebrate the challenges of motherhood and the joy of life. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Beth Anne's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Remember Momma With Love

  1. Jenny H says:

    I am having a rough day and facing a scary and uncertain future with my career. Thank you for reminding me that my kids and family are the most important and precious part of my life. The exhaustion and hard work are so incredibly worth it. Thanks BA I really needed this today!

  2. Kendra says:

    This is perfect. Very well said. Thank you for sharing!

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