It’s 8:00 in the evening, and I just tucked my boys into bed.
I’m sitting on the couch, hot tea in hand, thinking about my day, my life, my story.
I reflect back on the beautiful day I had with my boys. I’m so at peace with my life right now. It just feels good…and I love that.
But when I think a little bit further back, I remember the days that were filled with yelling and crying. Days when I wasn’t sure if I was cut out for this motherhood thing. Days when I was just so tired I wasn’t sure I could make it until bedtime.
It was a moment of reflection that reminded me that motherhood really does take a woman from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows.
There are Seasons in Every Mother’s Life
Seasons of joy. Seasons of change. Seasons of loneliness. Seasons of self-doubt. Seasons of despair.
We all have them, and some are harder to get through than others.
I’ve pulled together some of my favorite bloggers to share their seasons with you. It’s important to hear other people’s stories…it helps us feel normal.
No matter what season you are in, I hope that these posts will help you feel like you’re not so alone.
Some seasons we struggle
Why I Don’t Like the Baby Stage
The Epidemic of Loneliness – What’s Up Fagans?
How Every Other Week Almost Breaks Me – The Idealist Mom
Surviving Motherhood Without a Mom to Call – The Realistic Mama
Breastfeeding a Newborn – Sand in My Toes
Some seasons we rejoice
When Mom Makes the Choice to Be Happy
Some seasons are filled with big changes
How to (mentally) get through the newborn phase – A Mother Far From Home
When Nothing Prepares You for New Motherhood – The Military Wife and Mom
Eight Going on Eighteen: What No One Tells You About Being a Mom (when they grow up…) – Let’s Lasso the Moon
Surviving… Transitioning to two kids – ALLterNATIVElearning
Adding a Second Child – Powerful Mothering
25 Life Lessons I Learned in my First Year of Motherhood – Moms and Crafters
Defining your role as a stay at home mom – Happily Ever Mom
Twinfant Tuesday: Getting that Motherly Feeling (life with twins) – How Do you Do It
The Unexpected Sadness: Saying Goodbye to the Baby Years – The Joys of Boys
Menopause & Me. Embracing the Change – Witty Hoots
10 Thoughts Every First Time Mom Has – Sand in My Toes
Some seasons are filled with big decisions
Baby Stage Limbo: Am I Ready to Be Done With the “Baby Stage” Forever? – The Umbrella Tree Café
Being a Stay-At-Home Mom Wasn’t Part of the Plan – Lemon Lime Adventures
In all seasons, we learn lessons
Why I’m Glad I got Post Partum Depression Twice – My Mundane and Miraculous Life
How I Rediscovered Happiness in Motherhood – Love Play and Learn
Learning to embrace the season we are in can be hard to do in the moment, but a lot of Mama’s can look back and discover that not only did they learn from their season…but they are better for going through it.
Dirt and Boogers looks BEAUTIFUL. I just love the look and feel. So warm, inviting, and positive. And it’s so encouraging reading about how other moms are embracing the seasons of motherhood. How we all can come together to support each other through both the victories and the struggles. Can’t wait to see what comes next!
Kelly @ IdealistMom.com
What a beautiful collection of stories! I love how this series honors all the stages of motherhood – not just the peaks. When we acknowledge the valleys, the peaks become that much more rewarding! Thank you for this, Amanda.
Very true Kelly! It’s so important to acknowledge all the stages because we learn so much in them all. So glad you chose to be a part of this!
Thank you Lauren!
Love it, love it, love you, love it all!!!
🙂 Thank you!
Helen @ Witty Hoots
A brilliant group of posts – thank you for this round up x
Thanks for being a part of it…I thought it was a great collection of posts as well!
What a beautiful way to celebrate all the complexities of motherhood! I would love it if you would consider linking up at the How Do You Do It? Parenting Link Up: http://hdydi.com/2015/03/23/how-do-you-do-it-parenting-link-party-47/.
Such a beautiful piece on motherhood. Every day is a different day, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks for these posts.