Blog posts, Instagram pictures and Facebook posts only give a small glimpse into our lives at the Hobson house. The last impression I want to give is that life is easy and I’m the perfect mother and wife. In reality, I’m far from it. I have good days and I have hard days, which are currently defined by amount of sleep.
It’s been two weeks since Beau has been here, and I can’t imagine life without him or the fact that he wasn’t due until today. But despite his early arrival, being later wouldn’t have changed much. I would still have struggled with the newborn-toddler balancing act. And I’m sure I’ll continue to struggle caring for two so young for months and months.
But it’s not about how much I falter as about how much I’m trying to do right by my boys. Being tasked with the awesome responsibility of raising children isn’t always easy. Like many parents, I’m constantly reminding myself to keep a level head and a calm voice when addressing James Michael, especially on days I’m physically nauseous from sleep deprivation.
No one ever said that mothering two was going to be easy. And that’s ok because often the things you work the hardest at are the things you’re most proud of. And one day I know I’ll look back at this season of life and reminisce about the crazy times but also (hopefully) the ways in which I did my best to teach them and instill values to shape their characters.
JM wants his diaper changed every time Beau’s is changed
Uh oh. I smeared maple syrup on the wall
Right in the middle of it all