These two blue eyed babies, although they steal my sleep and frustrate me beyond all measures, fill me to the brim with joy.
An imaginative, careful, academic little girl who has a wisdom beyond her years, and an adventurous, busy, daredevil boy with blonde curls and a dimple on his right cheek. How did such perfection come out of me? I often wonder this! I guess that's the beauty of being a parent, and the unconditional love that you form the moment you meet your little ones - you see their perfections and cherish their every ounce of being.
It's such a powerful thing - to love littlies with all your might. To be in charge of their upbringing and their life experiences. To shape their characters and guide them on certain paths. It's a privilege. It really is - to be blessed with children.
Lately, Ryder has been really challenging my coping skills. His sleep has not been great, and it's taking it's toll on me - physically & mentally. Sleep deprivation is exhausting and torturous. Yet, the thing that I've learnt most through this tiresome period is - no matter how hard it gets, or how exhausted you are - you still have this love for your kids that is so huge it hurts. This love is so pure that it allows you to be patient and kind and forgiving. It makes you stronger and happier. It allows you to pick up and move on. It keeps you in motion, constantly moving forward.
Love is cool. Love conquers all.
These two have been playing together a lot lately. Like, really playing. Ryder's now old enough to interact and instigate. They chase and hide, snatch and whine, share and care; and basically....play. Siblings together - taking on the world.
And right now, I'm grateful for all of this. For being a Mum - to these two little stinkers. For unconditional love and all that it brings. For the joy that reigns over me, even through the sleep-deprived haze.
What are you grateful for at the moment?
Today I'm linking in with Maxabella and Village Voices with 52 weeks of Grateful.