Let’s facing it, parenting can be e
xhausting, frustrating, soul sucking…challenging. It is so easy to get caught up in the chaos of everyday life that it is hard to stay in the moment and appreciate the amazing “little things”. Part of the reason I love this time of year is that it allows me to hone in on what I am thankful for, what I truly value.
Drive Thru Coffee: It’s the age old love story. Woman has a baby. Woman becomes a mother and gets no sleep. New mom meets coffee and develops an intense infatuation. Moms around the world are not shy about proclaiming their
addiction love for the ever appealing caffeinated bean. Nothing is sweeter than the first moment that glorious brew hits your lips. Except when it doesn’t even require you getting out of the car to get your fix. I cannot count the number of times I have groggily pulled through my local Starbucks drive thru with a whiny kid and screaming toddler in the back of my car. Thank you, brilliant coffee store builders for realizing that mom’s need their beloved coffee even more when it is impossible to get out of the car.
Trashy Reality TV: Exhaustion. Diapers. Laundry. Homework. Cooking for people who throw my food on the floor and refuse to eat. That’s my reality. Cat fights, lavish vacations and expensive champagne. That’s the kind of reality that I will stay up way too late to watch. Nothing eases the pain of an unexpected Crayola mural on freshly painted walls quite like mindless and oh so entertaining trash TV.
Dry Shampoo: Once upon a time I washed and styled my hair every day. When I got a little older and the responsibilities grew it changed to every other day and then every three days. Then I had kids and it became every…I plead the fifth. Just as I was about to surrender to being a greasy- haired, ponytail-dependent mother, I discovered dry shampoo. It’s like a hug it a can, for your hair.
Screen time: Research says that children who spend time in front of a screen….blah, blah, blah. Do those researchers have two screaming children pulling at their leg and destroying the house while they conduct their studies? I think not. I applaud the parents who can get through life without ever handing over their iPhone or getting some breathing room without using Disney Jr. as a babysitter. But for the rest of us mere mortals, sometimes screen time is necessary so we don’t lose it and put OUR head through a screen.
Showing Me Who I Am: I have lived a pretty full life so far. I have had many ups and downs, many highs and lows. I have learned things along the way, but nothing has even come close to teaching me as much as motherhood has. Being a parent is hard. Like, climbing Mount Everest x achieving world peace + mastering Mandarin + not eating carbs for the rest of your life=a fraction of the difficulty of being a mom. But through all the sleepless nights, ridiculous arguments, tantrums(from both me and the kids), and sometimes overwhelming responsibility of figuring out how to raise a human, I have changed and grown and become who I am. I am a mom. A tough, resilient, coffee drinking, dry shampoo using, trash tv watching, screen time providing mom. And there is NOTHING I am more grateful for than that.
LUVs understands all the trials and tribulations that come along with motherhood and they are here to help. Did you know that 2 out of 3 mothers have never taken a day completely for themselves? Or that a whopping 87% of moms agree that the night their child first slept through the night was one of their “best parenting times”. That’s crazy! Parenting is hard, but diapering doesn’t have to be. LUVs diapers are not only affordable, but dependable. Softer and more absorbent than ever, ultra leak protection and a money back guarantee, LUVs easily fall into any parent’s #WhatULUV category. And in an effort to make you even more thankful, LUVs is giving away a money saving print at home coupon.
Join @iconnect and @Luvs for the #WhatULuv twitter party(11/29 9-10pm EST) to tell us what you truly value as a parent.