A lot of the time I feel like I’m just a Mum. Sometimes it’s comforting, sometimes it’s empowering 💪🏼 (hardest job in the world right??!!) and sometimes it’s downright deflating 😦. . How the hell can I get anything done???!!
Motherhood is honestly the most intensely exhausting job, and I admit, sometimes I lose sight of me in the craziness of everyday life with two little ones 👶🏼👧🏼
Life as a mum of two has been tough, I’m not going to lie. My body has taken a battering (and so has my confidence), and I underestimated how exhausting the multi-tasking would be. When you have two kids at home, no family close by AND run a business there is no ‘sleep when the baby sleeps’. You have to keep going or you’ll never get back up again.
On NYE we had the most wonderful relaxing night- a picnic on the beach and I went for a sunset swim all by myself. I feel like that night I came up for air and started seeing the amazing things around me for what they are, instead of the through the lens of a mother just trying to survive.
That’s why I designed our Monochrome Baby Book... not for when my girls are babies or even toddlers (although my toddler does love to look at photos of herself as a babe 👶🏼). It’s for me. For me to pour my heart into as I watched them grow... for me to write all those funny little things about them I swear I’d never forget but after one I know you always do... and for me to give to them when they’re grown: full of all the ways I know them better than they know themselves.
There is another reason too… I know that I will forget the intensity of life with two small children. I know in 30 years when my girls have babes of their own, I’ll look at them and say ‘Enjoy it! Time passes so quickly!’… and that’s true. It does. But I also want to tell them what it’s like, how I struggled and the things that used to help me cope in the tough times.
How do you use your memory books? Do you write sunny beautiful reflections of each month or do you write the hard stuff too?
I’m not sure if it’s because I have girls that I’m acutely aware of my experiences and how I can share it with them. I wonder if I would feel the same way if I had boys? Either way, for me, there is value is sharing experiences, emotions and how we have worked through tough times. Whether you’re a mother or a father, parenting is HARD but so rewarding. Actually it’s more than rewarding; it’s life altering... in a good way.
So.. onto my mission for 2018! TAKE MORE PHOTOS OF ME!! That's right! I've set the challenge to the people in my life to take more photos of me doing my thing. I want to look back on these moments and remember the highs and the lows. So I'm taking more selfies (why not right??!!) and if I see an opportunity I ask my husband to grab a snap too. Will you join me? Make 2018 the year YOU decided to document your motherhood journey!!
(on a side note: a friend recently commented that her kids will look back on all the photos and think their dad did all the hard work 😂 😂 😂 .... and we can't have that 😉 )
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