This is why I love motherhood

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For me, motherhood looks like this a lot.
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Though attempts are made to hang out and play together, people ultimately end up mostly doing their own thing. We are only organized on the surface. Our space is loud and often crowded. People aggravate other people for the fun of it. You want that straightened out paperclip? No I want it. NO I WANT it. I mean, who wouldn’t want a treasure like that? Especially if he wanted it first.

I keep my fingers crossed no one breaks anything…else. I remind myself to check the littlest one’s grip for permanent markers. Because this Oscar child of mine always seems to find my hidden stash and then it’s nothing but hieroglyphs for days down the hallway and on the leather couch and the back of the dining room chairs. And. Really. Wherever his fancy strikes. Toddler art is sweet, but it’s added to one of the premature wrinkles on my forehead. For sure.

Motherhood is people always being in my face. Asking me why I have that thing on my chin. Oh that? Oh that. It’s called adult acne. And please don’t touch it. I hate to point fingers, but ———–>that is from the pregnancy hormones surging through me right now and possibly the stress from raising you folks.

So, that thing you see there? You did that to me.

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Motherhood is people telling me things like “I feel like cleaning my room. Can you believe it?”

Not really, no.

Motherhood is nodding all impressed that there’s vacuuming happening. That beds are being moved even to reach darker recesses where dust bunnies dwell.

Motherhood is realizing that cleaning and vacuuming and bed-rearranging were merely stages 1, 2 and 3 in a 4 step plan–the final goal being furniture rearrangement for better trampoline placement when one jumps off the dresser. CANNONBALL y’all.

Eh, sometimes you fall hook, line and sinker.

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Motherhood is being told that you’re not to get up until you’ve finished coloring BOTH sides. Even if you have to use the bathroom. But I really have to go…. I’ll be quick. No? Sigh, pass the magenta and the midnight blue. Let’s get this sucker done.

Motherhood, why you be so harsh?
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And without a doubt, without any hesitation, it is safe to say that 99.999% of all of motherhood is about putting stuff back together. It’s about fixing things that you never thought you’d have to fix. Because those things were minding their own business and FINE just a moment ago.

Also, hey where are my keys? And who took my phone?

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Motherhood demands food and drink and food and drink and food and drink. Like, over and over and over again.

Motherhood is the most repetitive thing I’ve ever agreed to. Makes me feel like taking plastic straws and stabbing them through my retinas.

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And finally. Finally. Motherhood is listening whenever someone needs you to listen. Like, whenever. Just being there, you know?
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Offering supportive, encouraging words while dodging projectile stuffed animals. It’s a defensive skill you learn.

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Yeah, motherhood is about just being there.

Being there to say things like Tillie? Tillie. Stop biting your nails.

And also Will you sing to me again? Oh yes, I love you and your singing. Motherhood is about meaning it.

Which brings us to the end.

Despite the constant mess, the insane volume, the mind-numbing repetition, all the repairs and despairs and commotion–

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There’s her face. And his. And his. And his. And….

…….I couldn’t love this weirdo motherhood thing more.

I mean it.

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I'm mom to four and expecting our fifth child in May 2014. Five years ago I put down the key to my middle school classroom and picked up a camera instead. Now a part time photographer and freelance writer, I blog to share our stories and the joy I find as I go. For more on my abundance seeking philosophy, check out my piece on The Huffington Post

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December 13, 2013, 10:40 am

The toddler art, the fixing what no one thought needs fixing, the constant, I want because he has it? Yes, that’s my motherhood too.

And a lot of hugs and hellos and heys and come over here squishy face and dancing to The Wiggles. I can’t love it more.
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Herchel S December 13, 2013, 11:32 am

This is motherhood in it’s glory. It’s crazy but I wouldn’t trade it in for the world.
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Jennifer December 13, 2013, 1:43 pm

Yes. I agree. Motherhood is all of those things.
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December 13, 2013, 1:56 pm

That sounds so much like my relationship with motherhood, too. Love it.
And I have learned to question the motivation for rearranging furniture, too. And cushions. Always a giveaway around here.
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December 13, 2013, 2:35 pm

I think this should be the new definition of motherhood. All of it.
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December 13, 2013, 9:08 pm

I love the way you captured it. I think you got it all. The repetition of the food and drink and the constant vying for attention and being HEARD above all else. Those costs are definitely worth the love. Gorgeous pics as usual.
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Elaine A.
December 13, 2013, 9:32 pm

I KNOW you mean it. One of the things I love about you. And I know your gorgeous family does too.

And man do I know the “food and drink and food and drink and food and drink ” part. I laughed at that for sure! ha ha ha!
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Runnermomjen December 13, 2013, 10:14 pm

Oh my gosh, Sarah…this is definitely one of my most favorite posts of yours…ever! And that photo of you? You are gorgeous.
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December 14, 2013, 8:23 pm

“This weirdo motherhood thing” is the exact, perfect description. What we deal with is just….. exactly what you said. But those faces.

December 17, 2013, 12:38 pm

What a beautiful definition, Sarah!
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Lady Jennie
December 18, 2013, 4:03 pm

And I just couldn’t love this post more either. And I mean that too! :-)
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Max Arthur January 21, 2014, 10:28 am

Love this post. I’m sure it resonates with my mum.
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Susan Maccarelli February 18, 2014, 9:04 pm

Hi! I found you over at bonbon break. I really enjoyed this post and the pictures really add a lot. I can’t believe you are having your fifth — that is awesome. I just signed up for a meal train for a woman in my moms club who just had her 5th (making meals to take to her while she adjusts with the newborn). Anyway, I enjoyed this post and it reminded me to be a little nicer to mine…at least this afternoon :o)

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