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Hi! My name is Emily and I'm a writer, a wife to Nick and mother to two very sweet little girls named Daisy and Ella. We live in a quaint little town outside Philadelphia, PA, with our two black lab sisters.

 

I started this blog as a way to stay connected with friends and family after Daisy was born and it has now become a home for musings on everything from our favorite family recipes, books, travel destinations and, ultimately, my quest to balance work, life, self-care and family - all while staying grateful. Happy reading!

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Some of the Best Things Motherhood Has Taught Me

January 16, 2018

 As of the time I sat down to write this, I had been a mother for 630 days, 11 hours, 14 minutes and 26 seconds. That is a LOT of days! Each of these days has been a gift - sometimes incredibly exhausting and maddening, other times so filled with love and joy I feel I could burst. I have learned so much during this time - about myself, about life, about the world and about my role as a mother. Here are some of the best things motherhood has taught me: 

 

  • Naptime is precious and should be devoted strictly to self-care: sleeping, watching Bravo, showering, eating nachos in peace. Forget the laundry. You need rest and recharging too.

  • The magic of parenthood doesn't exist in the big moments like birthday parties or holiday concerts but in the everyday squeals of delight playing with fingerpaint in the bathtub or taking the first bite of mac'n'cheese.

  • Don’t ever buy white furniture, sheets, comforters, rugs, towels or clothes - they will be destroyed immediately.

  • What I look like doesn’t matter – my child loves me with greasy hair just as much as with a fresh blowout. The best things I have to offer her and the rest of the world come from deep within. 

  • Don’t ever leave chocolate at eye-level or within reach. It will end up ground into your carpet.

  • Mom guilt is real, but, it's important to remember that whatever makes you as a parent feel most whole is what will make you the best parent you can be. In other words, self-care is not selfish.

  • Playing doesn’t require toys or games – all it takes is imagination, creativity and the desire to connect with and teach your child.

  • Cardboard boxes are better toys than anything you can buy at Target, Toys’R’Us or FAO Schwarz.

  • Baby wipes are the greatest invention in the history of time.

  • It’s okay to plan but it’s just as important to recognize that half those plans will never come to fruition because life is chaotic and full of the unexpected.

  • There is peace and joy in routine. I once balked at the idea of doing the same thing day after day, night after night - but now, I treasure our daily rituals. I eagerly await our morning snuggles in bed and cherish our evening routine of reading the same sweet book with Daisy nestled into my side in our rocking chair before I put her to bed. 

  • Children are incredibly resilient. Though they seem small and fragile to us, they possess a strength far greater than anything physically visible.

  • The purity of the child’s mind is the most inspiring example of how to live that you will ever encounter as an adult.

  • The best way to teach love is to live it and give it every day, every minute, to every person you meet.

 

I learn a little something new every day as my journey of motherhood continues. Daisy exhibits such unbridled joy and pure, unconditional love, I'd like to think I learn most from her example. This version of myself, this mother version, is my best "draft" yet. 

 

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