As a mom, I feel like I often worry about the big things in my children’s lives. Are they happy enough? Are they eating enough? Are they sleeping enough? Is their development on track with other kids? I’m a little crazy, I know. I can’t help it. In a matter of 18 months two little people have taken my world and heart over completely, and I spend my days not only taking care of them, but worrying about them.
Since having a second baby, I’ve come to realize that some of the things that I thought were big deals are not really that important at all. I’ve learned that every child crawls and walks eventually; no matter how much you obsess over it with your first baby. I’ve learned that kids will stop eating when they’re full; and sometimes they just need a little less pressure. I’ve learned to loosen the reigns a little bit and let my son safely explore on his own. I’ve learned to embrace the mess, the dirty laundry, and the endless amounts of spit up I encounter each day.
The thing is, as a second time mom you kind of have no choice in letting go a bit. There are now two of them and one of you. My daughter has added a dimension to my life that I never imagined was there. She has made me a better person and a better mom. Especially in our crazy, mixed up world, as moms we need to take a step back once in a while to recognize those things and be thankful. I now make it a point to relax and enjoy the little things in life every day. Here are some of those things that make me happy.