Choosing joy.



I'm tired... this may get incoherent... 

We had a hard day today. Navi is off her A-game and so am I. Teething or maybe a virus could be to blame, who knows really. All I know is, in the last few days there have been lots and lots of get ups in the middle of the night (some lasting for two hours), naps being skipped, and tears and crankiness from the both of us. 

At the end of every day I usually look through my phone at all the pictures I took during the day (theres usually a CRAZY amount), its a nice way for me to reflect on our time together. While looking through my camera roll tonight, I saw some beautiful scenes from our day and I realized that in the midst of mini-meltdown #207 over not being able to treat a stranger's truck like a playscape (?!), there were still smiles, giggles, kisses even. 

Its not often, but sometimes dealing with those mini meltdowns really feels all-consuming to me and I miss that spark of transcendence that I know, good and well,  is present in each and every day. No doubt a year from now, a week from now, what I'll remember above all else are the good times that we had. The good times are what I want to focus on, both in the future and the present. Bottom line, I'm so thankful to have this time with my sweet girl, both the blissful and the challenging. She's truly making me into a better mama, a more patient mama...one mini-crisis at a time ;)

So heres to taking the good with the bad (not so much embracing it, just taking it). To choosing joy amidst struggle and finding the beauty in the ups and downs of the day-to-day. And to knowing that tomorrow will be better. 



^^^ She learned to fill a cup up with the bathtub faucet today all by herself. She always turns the faucet on and splashes in it... today she put two and two together that faucet+cup=extra fun.

 

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  1. I seriously love your blog.

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    1. Allison... you rock my socks! :)

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  2. I love Navi's anchor shirt! SO CUTE! Very true, the good go with the bad when it comes to toddlerisms! But it's amazing how the good outweigh the tantrum that just happened moments before.

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    1. Thanks- its from Oshkosh! And I agree- its so important to keep the tough moments in perspective because the good times are just so darn good! An open mouth kiss far outweighs a mini-meltdown any day of the week :)

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    I can't wait to see your answer to the questions :)

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    1. Hey Bailee!!! Make my day why don't cha :) Thanks times a million sister friend!!!

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  4. i LOVE your last line "tomorrow will be better"

    our first little dude was born three months ago. i found myself repeating that mantra to myself on the hard days/nights. i would tell myself "all i have to do is get through today, because tomorrow is a new day and it will get better."

    i hope tomorrow is better! ;)
    xo

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    1. Thanks, Nicole :) I think that when times get extra challenging its so helpful to just remember to breathe and take it one step at a time. I totally repeat that mantra when I need an extra push of encouragement or patience... I can make it through just this one middle of the night wake up, just this one car ride, just this one doctor visit... it will get better.

      And yes, our tomorrow was better :)

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  5. Cute! Loved the bathtub cup photos. My little girl just experienced a bath for the second time in her life last night at a friend's house. (Bathtubs are hard to come by here in Costa Rica and a kind friend catered to my pregnant self by letting me indulge in the goodness of a hot bath at her house.) Hope this weekend is better for you both. P.S. I think we have the same Ergo! Love that thing.

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    1. Thanks, Jelli :) And aren't baby carriers the best?! I seriously don't know what I would do without mine, I babywear her at least once a day... and mine is from Kindercarry, pretty much the same thing as an Ergo, it just has a slightly different fit that worked better for my shoulders...Congrats on your pregnancy (and your bathtub soak ;) !!!

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  6. I think I've experienced 'this moment' as a parent - the one where I switch (at least a little bit) over from being tired and overwhelmed to seeing the light and trudging - hopefully, and a little bit excitedly - toward it. It's made me better able to enjoy these beautiful small moments, even in the midst of 'crisis'! :)

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    1. Yes! I've experience this "moment" a few times so far in Navi's short life. Its always a very freeing feeling, making that switch in your thought process :)

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  7. The photos with tap and the cup- SO CUTE.

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    1. Thanks, Deidre... that little activity kept her busy for quite a while!

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