Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Defining Moments in Life

Defining moments occur when we least expect them. They often come unannounced, as a surprise, or even as a blessing. We don't anticipate them happening, but when they do, we often take a moment to reflect on our life. We wonder how life was before that moment and how life is going to be after that moment. We wonder what we did to get to that defining moment and that no one can ever take that moment away from us. We wonder if we will have more of those moments in life where we just have to stop, count our blessings, and remember that God is truly in charge.
Defining moments, to me, are those moments that make me stop and think about life. Moments that not everyone is able to have. Moments that are earned. Moments that are a gift. Moments that no one can ever take away from us. Defining moments sometimes change us as a person. They can shape us to become someone different, someone better.
As I rocked a very fussy and teething baby to sleep Sunday evening, I stood in her nursery. It was dark in the room. Her white noise machine was playing rain music. The air purifier was gently humming. And my sweet baby girl was looking up at me with the most beautiful and perfect eyes. This is a moment that I don't ever want to forget. I could tell she was tired. I could tell her gums were really bothering her. But I was exhausted and becoming increasingly more frustrated that she wouldn't just go to sleep. But I just rocked her. I held her tight in my arms. I whispered "I love you" into her little ear. I told her that everything was going to be okay.
So what makes this a defining moment? Well for one, it was one of those moments where I stopped myself from calling my husband into the nursery to take Elizabeth. It was a moment where I realized that I got this. I'm a mom. It's my job. And so, I continuously rocked my sweet baby girl until she calmed down. Until she stopped putting her fingers in her mouth in pain. Until she just rested her head on my shoulder, as if she was giving me all the love in the world. And in that moment, I realized that I'm a good mom
I'm not a perfect mom. I make mistakes. I get frustrated. I put JB in her crib sometimes and walk away to take a deep breath. 
But I'm a good mom
It's these moments as a mom that make me realize I'm doing a pretty good job raising our little snuggle bunny. Being a mommy has been the hardest thing I've ever done. It's exhausting. It's crazy. It's unpredictable.

But I'm a good mom

My mommy instinct has led me to important decisions in the almost 8 months that Elizabeth has been with us. Decisions that no one else can make for me. Decisions that are made out of pure love and admiration for our beautiful little baby girl. 

Am I free from making mistakes though? Absolutely not. There are things that I reflect on as I lay in bed each night and I tell myself how to better handle the situation the next day.

But I'm a good mom. And a simple defining moment, rocking my sweet baby to sleep, assured me of this.
 There's nothing sweeter than holding
 a beautiful baby!

What's one of your defining moments?
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  1. You are a great mom! :)

    Sweet Elizabeth is so blessed to have you and Shaun as parents :)

  2. Aw you seem like such a great mom! Holding a baby in your arms while they fall asleep is the best feeling :)

  3. That picture is adorable. My defining moment was making the decision to go back to university after I dropped out. Big decision but so worth it. Fiona xx

  4. Thank you for sharing and you are a great mom! I know exactly the feeling and moment you're talking about, right down to the air purifier!

    1. The struggle is real with battling this lingering cold and allergies!!!

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  6. Ohhh, this is lovely and so true. I already miss those moments that used to exhaust me and push me to greater limits, the way only a sweet little baby in your arms can. So glad you were able to stop and savor the moment to hopefully remember it, or its essence for the rest of life. :)

  7. I love the baby picture, and yes, when we rock our babies, we know we are good parents. <3

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