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Just a couple of cool kids that keep me young while also aging me three times as fast in the process. These kids have found their stride in witty commentary, with Madalena often showing up in the kitchen first thing in the morning with her messy bed hair and a little hip pop with arms extended as she shouts, “SUUUURRRRRPRIIIISEEEE!” The boys drop everything to rush over and hug her. I love how a few hours apart by way of night feels likes we’ve all been apart for months most mornings. I hope they never grow out of the estatic gasps and heartfelt hugs they often share upon seeing one another as the sun rises.

Beatrice exclaimed from her car seat the other day, “Mama, I need to go home. I gotta floss.” And I had to do a double take in my rear view mirror because who is this grown up two year old that has a new found interest in independently keeping those tiny tusks clean?! She also said the other day as I tried to get her onto the toilet, “but I peed on Monday! I pee on Mondays, Mom!” I wish I had that kind of confidence in bladder.

It’s nothing new to anyone who is a parent. You blink and they’ve outgrown the crib. You can’t scoop them up and carry them in one arm as easily. They have first words and then full blown sentences and then they’re ten freaking years old and say things like, “Mama, would you like to chit chat and have an engaging conversation?!”  They start loosing teeth and then their adult ones show up and braces happen and you’re looking at your babies who aren’t babies and you always knew it’d move this quickly but you still weren’t really ready. It’s like a gut punch somedays. Realizing the years are numbered and those mornings of announcing oneself with big exclamations of “SUUURRRPRRRIIIISEEEE!” or hearing clever phrases vocalized from the carseat in the back are just a season. Each season proving to be as beautiful as the last, but still. A lot to move through and say goodbye to when you wouldn’t mind living within it forever and ever until time stops.

There are days I’m hiding from all five and crying alone in my bathroom. There are days I can’t kiss their freckled cheeks enough and I cry all over again because I love them so hard it hurts. And I know you know and appreciate and acknowledge and hold onto it, too. I don’t have to remind you. I guess I’m just feeling sentimental today as all five feel so much bigger and wiser and older in all the ways and processing that five times over is a lot somedays. Thankful for these cool kids keeping me young and aging me three times as fast in the process. It’s worth it, and I love me my cool kids. :)

  1. Megan

    I love this! I definitely go from hiding in my room from my toddlers to wanting to wake them up at night just to hold them! Motherhood is so crazy 😝

  2. Chelsea

    It’s people like you who have helped me slow down and really enjoy every day. Thank you for sharing!!

    • naomi

      So happy to hear. Thank you, Chelsea!

  3. Ashley

    Naomi, this post really speaks to home for me. I became a first-time mama at the end of January. I’ve been following you since before Elenor’s birth, and you are someone I look up to. Continue keeping it real about all things.

    • naomi

      Congrats on your new little one, Ashley! So happy for you. Thank you for the kind words!

  4. Zainab

    Exactly! I am from Bahrain and I feel your
    Words are describing my motherhood! I am
    Trying to involved with my children in their
    Different stages and yes sometimes I feel same
    Emotions as you wrote!
    God bless you and your family ♥️

  5. Heather

    Can you share your outfit details?

    • naomi

      My Rebel shirt is from Target! The sweater is a million years old, but from Anthro years ago. My jeans are Madewell (they have my favorite denim) and beanie is Acne Studios. :)

  6. Linda

    Big families are hectic. I have 3 and there were years when it felt like it would be like that forever. Now that I’m nearing the last quarter cycle (17, 16, 13) I recognise that they were all passing seasons. Motherhood is just weird 😋 but also, amazing 💕

  7. Erin

    I love all of this. I just had my first and she will be five months next week. I’m already freaking out that this is going by way too fast and that one day, she won’t be a baby anymore, but a toddler. Then that toddler will be a kid, kid to teen, so on and so forth and I don’t know if my heart can take it! Can we just freeze time? But at the same time, it is so exhilarating to watch little ones grow and learn new things. Such a double edges sword!

  8. Aww love this post! Motherhood is the best. It’s true, it goes by so quickly. Sometimes in the weeds of the day to day it’s hard to stop and just enjoy them. I’m working on doing that more! :) P.S. love this picture – you need to frame it!

  9. Mary-Katherine Minnis

    This post has me in tears because it really is so true. All the cliches about motherhood are true!

    Mine are only 2 and 8 months and I already miss it these stages. It’s the strangest feeling to miss something while you still have it and are in it, but that’s how motherhood constantly feels!

  10. Bhagyachelvi

    Hey there, your write-up here is really heartfelt. As a daughter, I’ve always done everything I can to make my mother happy and to keep that precious smile on her face. Since I’m almost done with my studies, I’ll have to leave home for work real soon. And I think the void I’ll leave behind will hit my mother the hardest as she spent almost half of her life taking care of me and my sisters. Thank you for writing this beautiful piece while letting fellow mothers know it’s okay to feel this way and making the children realize what our mothers have to go through as we leave the nest. I also love the whole concept of your blog because it has the perfect balance of lifestyle issues along with a mother’s take on these matters. Your blog gives a fresh, friendly vibe to whoever stops by with this simple yet cute layout.