gentle

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.

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One thought on “gentle

  1. so very true rachel, something we must continually practice! it is true we never see ourselves the way others see us – to me you are such a whole, earthy, grounded mama, doing everything with and for your little ones – I could never think of you doubting that. these photos show just that – and to do it all through that horrible sickness, amazing x

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