Motherhood has been such an educational, eye-opening experience for me. I’ve written plenty how I’ve changed through motherhood yet the metamorphosis never ceases to amaze me. As the girls grow and provide new challenges, I find myself evolving even more. As this summer slowly begins to shift into fall (yes, it is happening here already), I find myself reflecting on the lessons I’ve learned as a mother under the midnight sun of summer 2017.
Waverley’s personality is wonderful yet challenging. I’ve learned the importance of embracing a child’s unique character and rejoicing in who she is rather than push who I think she should be.
The cliché is true: time really does go by so fast when children are little. I cannot believe Magnolia will be ONE YEAR OLD next week!
Waverley has surpassed by wildest expectations as a big sister. It’s shown me to never underestimate what children are capable of.
I struggled when we discovered both girls were girls, especially Magnolia. Now I wouldn’t wish either of them were a bit different for a second. They have such unique personalities despite being the same gender.
I am so much more relaxed with the second babe. I care less what other people think and spend more time focusing on what is best for my family. It’s quite liberating and much more fulfilling!
I didn’t think I would have room in my heart to love another baby girl as much as I love Waverley. Magnolia has completely stolen my heart. She owns it. I am done for life!
Raising girls brings an incredible responsibility and weight on my shoulders. Every time I look in the mirror, get ready for the day, or interact with people– they are watching. I am more careful to look in the mirror and smile (even when I don’t want to) rather than grimace at the million things I want to change. They are always watching and learning!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Matching outfits are LIFE!
I grow very nostalgic when Magnolia wears hand-me-downs from Waverley. I am automatically taken back to that time in Waverley’s life and relive everything from when she was that age.
A happy mom makes a happy home.
I realized 90% of my parenting is based on the kind of parent I needed when growing up. I wonder if the girls will do the same if they become mothers?
I will miss these days. I will miss the exhaustion, the simplicity, the neediness, the chubby thighs, the hilarious indignation of little people.
Please don’t grow up too fast, sweet girls.
(Photography by Kristian Irey.)