I’ve never met a kind person who wasn’t happy. It sounds almost so simple it’s trite, but just being kind to others is the single most important thing I hope to nurture in my children.
My children themselves. They are all at once the most magical, beautiful, and exhausting little things and -- by far -- my biggest accomplishment.
We wanted each of our children to have a name from someone important in our lives. My son’s full name is John Phineas after my dad, John, although we call him Finn. Our second child’s name is Imogen Katherine, whose middle name was my husband’s sister's name. Our youngest daughter, Filippa Martha, shares a middle name with her grandmother and her aunt. We wanted each to stand apart as an individual, but also be tied back to our loved ones.
It has been more challenging than I ever expected or ever realized it could have been, given what I grew up seeing in movies and scrolling through Instagram. I’ve been pregnant five times and only had one “all clear” 20 week scan. Twice, we didn’t make it that far, and once I was told my daughter had a facial deformity that would likely require multiple surgeries. Pregnancy is exciting, hard, complex, and, at times, heartbreaking -- but it’s all a part of motherhood!
I wish I could say it hasn’t changed at all, but it feels like an entirely different life right now. When I look back at those moments where I felt so busy and overwhelmed pre-children, it is nothing compared to what life is like today, juggling two toddlers, a newborn, and a new business. I have had to learn how to be incredibly efficient with my time and accept that sleep is a thing of the past.
We are working on potty training our two toddlers right now and, in turn, they are learning more about what is happening to their bodies. My son gave us a very long winded explanation about where farts come from. I couldn’t stop laughing despite how serious he was taking his explanation. I can confirm we have a lot more to teach him about the human body!
Any and all moms! It's tough and we’re all making it through every day.
Everything -- I’m breastfeeding!