These photos tell me a story – they provide a record of what we got up to during my early pregnancy when I was just so, so sick. Despite taking significantly fewer photos than normal I have captured mundane and special moments, like babysitting the pre-school chickens during the holidays, visits to the park, visits to farm animals, writing, dancing, playing and being together.
Today I was feeling like I hadn’t been spending as much time with my kids as I ‘should’, the intentional sort of time. I was feeling like I ‘should’ be getting Foxy more prepared for school by spending more time reading and writing with him, teaching him more of the fundamentals. And as I began to put a post together about some of the activities that we’d engaged in during the time I was sick I began to feel differently. The photos not only reminded me of what we have been up to during the months of my morning sickness, but also that I am well connected with the kids, that in fact I have spent a lot of time with the little Fox practicing on his writing and most importantly for me that I have spent a lot of time with my babes just being and doing the activities they they enjoy. Sometimes I can be hard on myself expecting more of myself, but when I look with more clarity (yes photos can provide that) I can see I am actually meeting a lot of their developmental needs a lot of the time.
Ahhh the challenges of being a mother, being gentle on one’s self is such an important lesson to keep practicing.