We've all had those moments; fleeting glimpses of a simpler time, when Motherhood meant swaddling and cuddling our adorable little bundles of joy! But of course, those adorable little snugglers transform into adventure-seeking toddlers in the mere blink of an eye; and the more independent they become, the more challenging and stressful Motherhood gets. I figure that's why they dedicated a whole day to recognizing all the hard work, love, hope, and moments of sheer, heart-stopping terror that go into being a Mom.
I'll never forget how (before I had a child) I used to be snarky about other parents' lack of attentiveness; particularly if I happened to witness their child getting injured. Fast forward to a few months after my daughter's second birthday when my husband and I brought her to Florida for a vacation. We weren't even all the way into the room and she had pinched her fingers in the dresser drawers. Twice. It was not to be my last lesson in humility, and definitely not the last time my daughter would find a creative way to injur herself. But I digress...
The first day alone with my toddler in the room I almost didn't get a shower because I was so afraid she'd get into trouble, even though I had secured her in the pack and play. I had "childproofed" the room on my hands and knees when we arrived (finding a straight pin and a mystery pill beneath the bed that justified my paranoia!); but I hadn't thought to pack any real childproofing devices (i.e. outlet covers, corner guards, cabinet ties, pinch guards, etc.). and the front desk had nothing to offer. It felt almost barbaric to be without the protective devices I had become so accustomed to at home (which, I might add, seemed even MORE necessary given how this "new, strange place" seemed to bring out the explorer in my little girl). The trip was fine, but by the end of it, I really needed a vacation, lol.
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Wishing you all a very safe and happy Mother's Day!