Some mothers struggle with having the birth they wanted.
Some mothers struggle with breastfeeding.
Some mothers struggle with the many important decisions we have to make as parents.
#thestruggleisreal has never made more sense than it does when applied to motherhood….
Do you want to know the biggest struggle I have faced as a parent?
The thing that shocked me and I never expected when becoming a mom for the first time.
The thing that I have only struggled with more and more as the years have gone on.
The thing that I must work on everyday as my family grows.
GETTING OUT THE DOOR.
Getting out the door.
Getting ready to leave has never been such a daunting task as it is now that I am a mother.
The simple act of leaving the house, has become an entire play that needs orchestrating.
What use to take a matter of minutes has turned into long hours, weeks of preparations, and to do lists a mile long.
When I had my first child I learned of this extremely time consuming change that was now my life.
Adding two more kids over the course of 5 years has made getting out the door more time consuming than I ever could have guessed.
Going to the store is a fiasco, everyone has to go potty as we are leaving.
Going to the park is a mess, the favorite toy, the sock puppet, and all of the blankets MUST come with us.
Don’t even get me started on a weekend trip away.
That is actually what sparked this blog post.
Today I packed for a weekend trip away.
We are going to a wedding with the whole family to Ohio.
We will literally be gone for 48 hours.
It looks like I packed for at least two weeks.
I have been slowly setting things aside and making lists for days, and we still left 3 1/2 hours behind schedule.
Yes, you read that right. THREE AND A HALF HOURS.
The mini van (that I never thought I’d own…) is packed to the brim and I have way too many outfits, snacks, and toys in here.
But as we drive down the road on our way to the wedding, I can’t help but feel grateful.
I noticed in the flurry of checking the last essential items off of the list, that I am extremely happy, despite the chaos.
I have a huge smile on my face even though we are HUGELY late.
I am so excited to be able to go on this trip!
I noticed when cleaning up and taking out the trash, that without these awesome kids, life would be so boring.
Yes, we might actually be on time if I wasn’t responsible for getting 4 humans ready to leave, but how predictable would that life be?
So yeah… the struggle of getting out the door came as a shocker to me when I first became a mom.
It has been one of the most frustrating things FOR ME to deal with as a mama.
Yes, it’s hard.
Yes, I am still working on it daily.
No, I wouldn’t give it up or change it for the world.
Because everyday and every struggle is only teaching me to become better.