Years from now, I’m going to think that I did not appreciate parenthood enough, especially during the first few months. I was tired and short-tempered. I went back to work only 3 months and spent more hours at the office than at home. I gave up on breastfeeding. I’m going to think all of this and have regrets.
That’s why I’m writing (and sharing) this to remind myself that despite working, I did enjoy motherhood. I did take moments out of my busy schedule, ignoring to-do lists and my poor dogs and showering, to just cradle a sweet-smelling tiny baby for the hundredth time. I did make sure that feeding time was fun and bonding, even if I wasn’t there for every mealtime. I did have time to play, even if I was tired from lack of sleep.
I’ll try to remember that even stay-at-home parents do not play with their kids every single second, even if they have more time at home. I’ll try to remember that we all do our best for our families.