Last week, I planned out a fun and relaxing evening with my husband. Our lives have been pretty chaotic lately and it was the first evening in a while that we didn’t have anything scheduled.
It felt like the first breath of fresh air in a while.
We had put the kids to be and were about to sit down. Then the baby came out of his room, wild as can be! I instantly knew we were in for an interesting night. When baby Luke gets in these moods it’s nearly impossible to keep him in his room. We end up in a back and forth battle of who can keep the baby in bed.
Although this time, my husband snuck away. I can’t fault him because it was my plan too, he simply beat me to the punch.
I was about to wrestle baby Luke back to his room and decided to give him a little tickle fest. Although instead of laughter, he erupted into a hysterical crying fit. I was dumbfounded and assumed he had gotten hurt somehow. Ten minutes of crying later, I realized something else was going on.
I kissed his forehead and noticed he had a fever right away. In our family, a fever for baby Luke isn’t a small thing. It typically means a febrile seizure and sleepless night.
I swooped him up and put him in our bed. My husband and I were able to calm him down with a popsicle and cuddles. Then the crying started up again. He was trying to tell me he had an owie and I realized what that meant too late.
A puddle of vomit in my bed, on my clothes, all over him.
I yelled for my husband and he quickly came in, swooped up the baby in his arms, and put him straight in the bath. He didn’t even flinch at the buckets of vomit everywhere.
Needless to say, our quiet evening quickly turned into a night of cleaning bed sheets, sanitizing everything (including myself), and cuddling a sick baby.
These are the nights that make parenthood feel like a blur.
The moments that make you question whether or not you can get through the next few years while your kids are all little.
I’m here to tell you a little secret that can get you through the worst of times.
It’s just a season of your life and every season comes to an end.
Motherhood is far from easy. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s all worth it. Your kids are only little once. I know right now, all you can see if the finish line far off, behind the puke stained sheets, pee covered toilets, and sleepless nights, but it’s there. One day, you’ll be sitting with your friends over brunch, laughing at all of these stories.
So, what about today?
How do you get through the season you’re in?
You take it one day at a time. One moment at a time if that’s what you need. Soak up the special moments with your kids and remember the rough times can’t last forever.
Sooner than you know it, you’ll be in a completely different season of life and you’ll be looking back at today as a memory.