I woke up one morning and saw this picture on my phone. It was taken by my husband after a tough night with our baby. We had to change, feed, and put the baby to sleep, who ended up in our bed.
Normally, I don’t share photos that I haven’t posed for, and I usually get mad at the person who took them. But this time is different. This photo is special.
The past few weeks have been really hard. Taking care of a newborn is demanding. I’m tired physically, mentally, and emotionally, especially with two more kids around. Every time is exhausting.
I do a lot of things – change diapers, hold babies, clean up messes, do laundry, wash dishes, and take food breaks.
I don’t usually have time to wash my hair. Lack of sleep makes my eyes puffy with bags under them. There’s probably food or spit on my clothes. My hair is always in a messy bun. No more makeup.
This picture shows everything. Parenting is tough, even though it’s not glamorous.
I want to remember this time in my life. This picture is a reminder. It’s easy to forget that you’ll miss something when you’re in the middle of it.
I won’t mind the sleepless nights as much as rocking my newborns to sleep. Feeling their small chests move as they hold onto my fingers.
I’ll miss soothing my kids with hugs and kisses more than dealing with their crying fits.
Cleaning up their messes with soap and water will be missed more than cleaning up spills.
Sharing a bed with my children won’t cause me pain, but I’ll miss waking up and seeing their faces next to mine. I’ll miss our morning hugs.
I want to remember this time in my life.
I don’t want to forget this challenging and overwhelming time of being a parent.
So, remind your partner or someone special. Tell them to take these pictures of you.
“Be happy with these photos.”