It’s Monday! Welcome to another edition of #momcrushmonday ! On the blog today, Hannah is sharing some ways to savor the mom moments. I am really excited for you to read this post! Leave her some love in the comments and follow her on social media, which are listed below in the “About Hannah” section! I always want to remind you to follow along on Instagram, so you can make sure to join the fun there too! Enjoy today’s Mom Crush Monday, and I’ll see you again next Monday!
Savor the Mom Moments
My daughters are four and three. When our first baby was seven months old, we found out we were pregnant with our second. Our second little girl was born when our oldest was only sixteen months old.
Those first two years feel like a blur.
Up at night, changing diapers, trying to calm down two crying children at once, doing oodles of laundry, nursing one while reading board books to the other, packing enough extra clothes to last a week. It was a challenge to take them anywhere (it still is sometimes). I had to find a babysitter if I wanted to go to a public place without making a scene. There were times, we would try to go out to eat, and my husband and I would spend the meal trading on and off on restless baby duty.
At that time, when I had two under three, it was the slowest and hardest time of my life. Though it was a precious time with baby snuggles, I really struggled to savor it because I was just trying to survive.
Now fast forward to two years later, I have risen above the sea of diapers and burp cloths with my daughters both fully potty trained and the fog is clearing from my mind after so many sleepless nights and exhausting days. We are looking at preschool in the fall for the oldest and the youngest is eating all the food she used to refuse.
They are growing into little women. For the first time, I am starting to seriously notice the mom moments. It seemed that they would be babies forever. Now here they are with training wheels on their bikes and bunk beds in their room. Those mom moments really started to hit me when we can take them to IHop for breakfast, and they sit through the entire meal or when we take them to see a movie in the theater, and they actually follow the story.
There was a line I heard in a parenting show where a mother was telling her teenage daughter through her tears how she had to let her daughter grow up and fly. After watching that emotional scene late at night, I snuck into my daughters’ room and just sat there, stroking their curls and watching them sleep, wishing I could stop them from growing up too fast.
I cannot stop time. It is inevitable my children will grow up, and as I’m starting to realize that I am making an extra effort to intentionally savor the mom moments. A few ways I’ve been doing this are:
Pray Over Them at Night
Every night, I check on them after they are asleep, and I pray for them. I stand by the foot of their beds and pray for them to grow in virtue and grace. I pray for their future spouse and their families wherever they may be. I pray for their protection and thank God for the blessings that they are.
Take Less Pictures and Videos
I know this seems counterintuitive since I’m trying to capture the mom moments, but I’ve found excessive photo snapping is not a helpful tool. There have been times where I’m watching them reach a milestone or learn a new task through the lens of my camera, and I miss the moment because I’m not experiencing it fully with them. I’m too busy trying to get a perfect picture or video. Don’t get me wrong, I still have plenty of digital memories stored on my hard drive. I’m just trying to be more intentional about what moments I choose to capture on camera and what moments I choose to capture in my mother’s heart.
Be Ready for Spontaneous Moments
Children do the most unexpected things. I’m never quite prepared for the moments which are the most important. If I don’t pay attention, I will miss them because my daughters don’t stay in the same place for very long. So, every time they come running up to tell me a make believe story, when they are excited to show me the dress up clothes they put on themselves or when they are sitting next to me in a movie theater with the most excited look on their face, I give them my full attention and savor those mom moments.
As much as I would like to remember everything my children do, I can’t keep it all fresh in my mind forever so I’ve developed a habit of taking notes. I write down important moments in their scrapbooks, I use my blog to record certain memories and I use the note section on my phone to record the humorous phrases they say. Of course, video is a great way to record their voices, expressions and their play.
Just remember to capture at least some of those fleeting mom moments in your momma’s heart, so you don’t have to re-watch them on video to fully savor each precious detail.
Hannah is a Catholic wife and mom, sipping cups of coffee between grocery shopping, folding laundry, and organizing her home. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Nebraska, where you can find her working from her home office with Disney princess music playing and children climbing across her computer keyboard.
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“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely[…]think about such things.” Philippians 4:8