Since Isaac was born, I’ve often skipped out on outings with friends. Having an active 18 month old that doesn’t always have the best track record of listening, scared me in venturing out with a new-born in tow. Now, 4 months pregnant, I have a 3-year-old, and 1.5 year old both often running in opposite directions… I still, don’t take every opportunity I have to get out and play.
Sometimes Often Times I wonder if I’m being a bad mom. Should I suck up my fears and just go? Depending on the place, I often talk myself out of it. 1. Silas is very happy to play on his own. While he likes playing with a friend or two, he isn’t much for crowds. 2. I feel like the stress and anxiety of busy streets, water and kids running away, far out ways any fun time the kids or I may have. 3. It’s not like they are deprived of social interaction by any means.
Today I felt like just getting out of the house and enjoying the cool of the morning for a bit. So, we made spur of the moment plans with our buddies the Brown’s, and headed to the circle down the street for play time and mama chat over coffee.
These are the beautiful days and memories I hope my kids somehow remember. They
probably won’t remember that on June 28th, we went to the fountain with Sadie and Jonah… but I hope they remember the fun days of sunshine and splashing in the water, sharing snacks and finding bugs, making new friends and enjoy the ones they know….
THIS is what I want to remember about my kids growing up. I don’t want to remember, hating taking the kids to this place or that because they ran away and I never got to sit down. I want to remember a soaking up the sun. Watching my kids laugh with each other and share. Talking about life and hardships, happiness and hurdles, while actually drinking my coffee with my friend.
Sometimes I have to remind myself, motherhood isn’t a game of catch up, or how many field trips did I check off this week. It’s okay to choose sanity and enjoyment over quantity! I love our morning coffee and play times and I’m thankful for the memories my kids are making.