The little nugget is sick again. This winter we can’t seem to catch a break. We’ve never been so prone to illness before. But then again, I guess we’ve never lived with a toddler before!
Last night, as my child lay sprawled across my body…the only place he was willing to sleep, my thoughts rang out: Motherhood is certainly not for the faint of heart; It takes true dedication, love and loyalty. You gotta suck the snot out of their noses, stand by for diaper changes, allow them to sleep on your face when they refuse to sleep on their own at 2am and pick up the constant trail of teething crackers thrown across the kitchen floor. If it weren’t for my mama tribe, I don’t know how I could do it.
I say it again and again, sisterhood is so very important. When it comes to advice on gentle sleep training, diaper rashes, encouraging proper behaviour, finding out the best products to help my family or how to survive the monster that is teething- I look to my girlfriends for all the tried and true parenting hacks to making life easier on my little…and myself.
When I first became a mother I had questions on absolutely everything:
- “How do I swaddle?”
- “What’s a nasal aspirator?”
- “When does my baby start teething?”
- “What do I do when he wants to nurse all night long?”
And every day it felt like I was asking…”is this NORMAL?”
Thankfully my girls, and my mother/mother-in-laws, always had my back. Plus there are some amazing mama communities that I am blessed to be a part of locally and fantastic motherhood veterans I can learn from through Instagram, Facebook and all across the blogging world.
The generations of mothers before us were fortunate to live in more of a village setting. Even as a young girl, I remember my own mother having close friendships with the other women in the community near to us. On a daily basis the mothers would get together and the children would roam the backyard, catching bugs and butterflies, living in our imaginations and learning to play.
In my youth I never would have noticed the sisterhood of motherhood that was taking place before my eyes but now, as a mother myself, I realize how much my own mother must have valued those moments of camaraderie and connection within her local mama community.
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//Photo by M&Him
//Clothing by Savage Seeds
//Teething necklace by Glitter & Spice
//Custom baby carrier by Babyhawk