A big thank you to Pampers for sponsoring this post!
To all of my fellow moms out there…moms to be, first-time moms, fur-baby moms, veteran moms…I’m wishing you ALL a very happy and special Mother’s Day today!
I want to take a quick moment here to say that I know Mother’s Day can be a challenging one for many. I am incredibly thankful to have my two boys and my own mother figures to celebrate this weekend, and am really looking forward to a day filled with love. But some of you may still be trying to become mothers, or have lost your own moms, or are facing a personal situation that makes this holiday a challenge. So please know that I will be holding all of you in my heart and thoughts this weekend, as well as those of you who will be showered with flowers, brunches and big hugs and kisses.
For the longest time, Mother’s Day was always just a day where I got to celebrate my mom. That’s not to say it was any less important, of course, but it just wasn’t anything I could personally relate to, you know? It was meant to be a day to shower my mom with love!
Then, suddenly, it was a holiday that could be celebrated for ME. Say, what?! How was I old enough to be a MOM???
Now, here I am celebrating my fourth Mother’s Day, and even though every year gets just a little bit sweeter, I think I’d still have to say that my very first Mother’s Day is what stands out the most for me.
OMG baby Lucas(!!!)
As for the why, honestly? I’m not really sure. Maybe it’s the fact that it was all still so fresh and new. Maybe it was because being a mom was something I had been waiting for and trying for and then, suddenly, there it finally was. Even though I can’t exactly pinpoint my why, all I know is that that particular day absolutely stands out in my mind.
That’s not to say that the subsequent Mother’s Days have been any less special, though. In fact, each year has brought something uniquely fun or exciting, reminding me of just how blessed I am to have the family I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by.
Now before you go thinking, oh geez, here we go with another blogger going on and on about how hashtag #blessed she is, let’s not forget the fact that motherhood is hard. Like, REALLY hard. There is nothing else in this life that has left me more mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted. So yes, I’m incredibly thankful for a special day for moms to be able to go snag a pedicure and some Starbucks without anyone batting an eye if I want to!
Motherhood is exhausting. And I’m pretty sure that with each passing year, I’m just that much more tired and using that much more concealer to hide the bags under the eyes. BUT, along with each passing year, the exhaustion of motherhood doesn’t even hold a candle to just how truly wonderful and rewarding it really is.
Since that first Mother’s Day of mine, I’ve watched my first ‘baby’ grow up into what is now an almost four year old. FOUR. YEARS. OLD. That boggles my mind.
And then, of course, most days it’s still hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that I’m celebrating this Mother’s Day as a mom of TWO now.
Becoming a mom of two has, by far, been my life’s biggest challenge to date. This past (almost!) year has far surpassed any others when it comes to struggles, emotions, and more.
But it’s all worth it. SO worth it. And I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in this world because, my goodness, I am lucky.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m freakin’ exhausted. But I’m lucky. : )
This year, to capture that special feeling, Pampers wants to be among the first to wish moms a Happy Mother’s Day. And to give you all the feels, here’s a little Mother’s Day video that they recently put together…
Because I know there are SO many of you out there who are up in the middle of the night just like I am. <3
So now, tell me…how many of you out there know a deserving mom right now that could maybe use a little help? A little something for someone who could use some extra pampering? Leave a comment below! I’ll be reading through all of them and someone MAY just wind up with a very nice little surprise, courtesy of Pampers. <3