Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Mommy Perspectives

Posted by Tracy Wainwright at 2:10 PM
Today my fourth and final baby is six weeks old. Yesterday I went back to work for the first time without her. Needless to say, I’ve been very reflective over the last few days. Knowing that this is the last baby I’ll have makes every moment more of a treasure than ever before. And it is so different than the when I had my first baby and was a new mom.

I love being a mom and wouldn’t want my life to be less filled with children. However, when my first baby was six weeks old and I went back to work for the first time it was like I had regained a bit of freedom that had been ripped from my life the day I came home with my new baby. As a naturally independent person, being on call and in demand 24/7 was extraordinarily difficult.

My first, sweet baby girl and I (and daddy) worked through all our adjustments that first year and grew to love our new life together and were soon expecting baby number two. Now that I’m a mom of four little ones I can’t help but to think about how much has changed in those short, fast six years. What kind of mom I was then, and what kind of mom I am now. What I’ve given up, slowly, sadly, gladly. What I’ve gained – endless hugs and kisses and smiles. Grimaces as my little ones became more and more adventurous. Grins and giggles at silly antics and tickle fests. Worlds of growth (not just for them) and major changes in perspectives. Gracious increases in patience (which will hopefully continue.)

I have lived and completely understand the reason people say children in the same have different parents. My oldest and youngest definitely have gotten different moms. And hopefully all of my children will benefit from everything being their mom has taught me.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Mommy Perspectives

Today my fourth and final baby is six weeks old. Yesterday I went back to work for the first time without her. Needless to say, I’ve been very reflective over the last few days. Knowing that this is the last baby I’ll have makes every moment more of a treasure than ever before. And it is so different than the when I had my first baby and was a new mom.

I love being a mom and wouldn’t want my life to be less filled with children. However, when my first baby was six weeks old and I went back to work for the first time it was like I had regained a bit of freedom that had been ripped from my life the day I came home with my new baby. As a naturally independent person, being on call and in demand 24/7 was extraordinarily difficult.

My first, sweet baby girl and I (and daddy) worked through all our adjustments that first year and grew to love our new life together and were soon expecting baby number two. Now that I’m a mom of four little ones I can’t help but to think about how much has changed in those short, fast six years. What kind of mom I was then, and what kind of mom I am now. What I’ve given up, slowly, sadly, gladly. What I’ve gained – endless hugs and kisses and smiles. Grimaces as my little ones became more and more adventurous. Grins and giggles at silly antics and tickle fests. Worlds of growth (not just for them) and major changes in perspectives. Gracious increases in patience (which will hopefully continue.)

I have lived and completely understand the reason people say children in the same have different parents. My oldest and youngest definitely have gotten different moms. And hopefully all of my children will benefit from everything being their mom has taught me.

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