I'm Here

Ok, fine. If we're being honest, most of it wouldn't quite be described as bliss; but these days, toddler love is abundant in our home. Consistently, I find myself looking over our family seeing so many sweet moments.

Motherhood is something the pre-mom me was terrified of. In fact, I was down right adamant against the idea of children. The snot, the screaming, the tantrums. It wasn't really appealing.

Over the last 19 3/4 months, many days have fallen in the "non-appealing" category. Because let's face it, those bits and pieces of motherhood you see out in public are real.

The tantrums, the screaming, the snot. It's there and it is also abundant.

What the pre-mom me didn't see when judging that mom in Target with that toddler is the love he shares with her the moment they step foot out of the store. Or the kisses he'll plant smack on her cheek as they snuggle before naptime. Or the days he grabs his favorite toys, stacks each of them in a pile in his room, grabs her hand, drags her into his room and belly flops on those toys only to look at her belting the deepest belly laugh known to man.

Those moments, those personal, parenting moments are what round out long days days and short months. They're what make even the non-appealable days blissful.

We're just a week from hitting the 20-month mark, and bliss is overflowing from our home. I've been stuck in a whirlwind shuffle of love and learning as a mom the past month and couldn't be more thankful for where I find my life as we embark on our second holiday season as a family of three.


  1. You're right...those moments are the ones that round out long days!
    Being a mom just gets better and better, we have our kiddos to thank for that :)
    Happy Holiday countdown to you and your family!

  2. The toddler years are hard and lots of work but definitely worth every single second of it! Couldn't agree with this post more :)

  3. The other day in Target, even through a MEGA tantrum because he didn't want to wait for me to put the cart cover in the cart. He kicked over my purse and I was just trying to get the situated handled. A college-aged girl walked by, stared at me and shook her head before walking out of the store. I didn't get mad. I was just silently like "just wait, lady. JUST WAIT." It's funny how things change when you're a mom. Back then, I would have judged THAT mom with THAT toddler, too.

    But it's the little things...just like you said...that can save each and every tantrum. <3

    Such a sweet and true post!

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  5. Double, triple, quadruple like this.

    Also,twenty months means they're only 4 months from 2 years.

  6. When they give you that big smile it makes it all worth it. Just today when I picked Nolan up from MDO I could here him inside saying, "Momma's here" and running with a huge grin on his face. It makes you forget all those tantrums and tears!

  7. Amen, momma. Its tough, but so full of bliss. We recently went through Landon waking up at 2am screaming everynight, but as much as I groaned getting out of bed...those middle of the night snuggles were pure heaven. PS. that monkey hat is amazing. where'd you find it?

  8. Such a sweet post E! 20 months--The General is getting big!

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