Things being a Mom has taught me

Today, my little baby boy is 3 years old.

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#1 – where does the time go?

#2 – I literally cannot imagine life without him.

And I am so grateful for all the things he has taught me over the past three years.

1. patience. I wasn’t the most patient person before Luke was born and I’m still not the greatest, but I am much better. Because you cannot survive motherhood without taking a deep breath and practicing being patient every. single. day.

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Lately, I’ve had to be patient while Luke picks out the perfect pair of socks for the day, or picks out a toy before we get in the car, or because “Mom, I just gotta. . .” And, so I take a deep breath, and smile. Because all too soon, Luke will be big enough to pick out socks without Mom’s help, he won’t need to take a toy to school. . .

2. appreciation for early mornings.

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I would tell you that the number one thing I was worried about before having Luke was about sleep. I really really really liked sleep. I liked to sleep in, I liked to sleep uninterrupted and it wasn’t a good thing when that didn’t happen. Now, there has been a shift. Don’t get me wrong – uninterrupted sleep and sleeping in = still awesome. But there is something special about being up before the sun, listening to baby babbling or playing trucks with your 3 year old. And it is always a nice feeling to look at the clock at 9am and be amazed that it is only 9am and you still have the rest of the day to do things.

3. love for afternoon nap time. see #2. it’s all about balance. Winking smile

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4. the joy that a simple kiss, hug or an “I love you” can bring. heart melting.

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5. the beauty of a solo trip to Target. enough said.

6. that there is nothing better than a sleeping baby. Literally nothing.

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7. you are never quite prepared for the next step in your child’s life – whether that is rolling over, walking, or the terrible twos. . . it all goes by too fast! Way too fast. And there is nothing you can do about it.

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8. Being in the bathroom alone is overrated.

9. ponytails are #necessary. I was referring to my ponytail. . . but around 18 months, Luke went thru a phase where he loved having a “pony” in his hair.

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10. it’s the journey not the destination. And all you have to do it smile and enjoy it.

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I love you Lukie more than I ever thought possible. I love watching you grow and become your own little person, an amazing mix of me and your Dad. There isn’t anything better.

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  1. Aww Happy Birthday, Luke!! So many sweet memories <3
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  2. So adorable! Happy Birthday Luke!
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  3. Love, love, love this post, Katie!! I love seeing pictures of Luke as a baby…he is just so dang cute! Hope he has a great birthday!
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  4. Happy Birthday Luke!!
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  5. Happy Birthday Luke! And I absolutely love this post. Every single thing is something I am relating to. It DOES all go by way too fast.
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  6. such a sweet post…Happy Birthday, Luke!
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  7. This is so sweet! Happy birthday, Luke! Oh man, the sleep – I’m terrified. Although I am a morning person so I think I’ll like being up before the crack of dawn… unless it’s 2am 😉 I hope you guys have fun celebrating tonight!
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  8. Happy Birthday to Luke!! He’s adorable! And I loved this post. So many things are SO true for me, and it’s only been 1.5 years as a mom over here. #momlife is the best!
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  9. SUCH a sweet post! I couldn’t agree more with pretty much all of these things!! Being a mom is the best thing ever.

    Happy Birthday to your cute little guy!
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