More often than not I have 3 kids in tow. We visit the supermarket, go out to eat, visit parks and live everyday lives like the rest of the world. Due to my schooling and my husband’s job I am a frequent flyer of solo outings, completely outnumbered and very busy.
A few weeks ago I celebrated my 29th year of birth. My husband was working and I was not cooking. I took the kids to a local restaurant and they were angels. I will consider it their gift to me. Dinner was flawless. As we ate, several older couples sat observing me managing 3 kids, 5 and under. One couple commented as they were leaving. He told me how “brave” I was for going out on my own. Truth be told, this is common for us so my children are conditioned to behave accordingly, however, it seldom goes as planned 80% of the time. With three kids it’s a mixed bag. Each one having their own personality, likes, taste in food, etc. Is it fun? Yes. Is it tiring? Yes. Is it manageable? Yes!
Regardless of the amount of children you have, waking up is brave. Going anywhere is brave. Investigating the quiet of a room full of little people is brave. Being a mother is brave. Being a parent is brave. Taking on the responsibility of another soul is brave. The fact of the matter is you have no control over anything beyond conception. Hell, you can not even control that either. After birth, forget about it. Motherhood literally is the most vulnerable pieces of yourself outside of you body with absolutely no control regardless of how much you believe to have. With one child or many nothing should stop you from making life normal.
Bravery is you. You are brave!
The Naturalist Mama
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