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10 Things to be Grateful for about Motherhood {Guest Post}

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Jess and her lovely blog A Little Part of the World make the world a brighter place, she is one of those beautiful people who you come across online and you are instantly grateful for the connection. I love that Jess shares my passion for gratitude in particular, we both know the huge impact that this practice can have. Since I shared some of my photography tips for Jess and her readers she has been busy preparing this heartfelt list of things to be grateful for about Motherhood.

It is easy to become a little lost in the daily demands of our routines as Mums, at times it is somewhat overwhelming and I know that a lot of Mums are also living with anxiety and depression, as I am. Gratitude is a simple practice that has a huge impact, and spending some time each day to focus on the positives and the things that you are grateful for will make such a difference.

Motherhood is a blessing, the greatest role and the most privileged responsibility. It is not possible for some women and my heart hurts for you if you have ached for Motherhood and not experienced it yet. The reality for most parents is that it is also really hard at times, some days are filled with pain and frustration and learnings. As Mothers I wish that we were more united, free of judgement and always on the lookout for opportunities to lift each other up, wipe each others tears and share our stories with complete acceptance.

I am grateful to Jess for sharing so lovingly xx

10 Things to be Grateful for about Motherhood – by Jessica Flett

♡ The fact that you are a Mother

Sadly there are many Mothers to-be out there struggling with their dreams of conception and becoming a parent. If you are a Mother you have been blessed to get there however your path has unfolded.

♡ Newborn baby smell and cuddles

There are few things in life better than the smell and feel of your newborn baby. I would stick my head into their little necks and drink them in! I would happily sit for hours at a time cuddling my babies simply because they wanted to be close to me.

♡ Little voices saying “I love you”

That moment when your little one looks you in the eye and says “I love you” for the first time is overwhelming and brings tears to my eyes. (Miss 20 months said it for the first time recently and it is so wonderful to hear!)

♡ Seeing the world through their eyes

The innocence of children gives them a way of seeing the world so clearly. So much of what they do is for the first time and I am so grateful to experience these firsts and clarity again.

♡ Moulding and guiding your children, preparing them for the world

This is one of the hardest things about being a Mother, wondering if you’re doing it right and if you are helping them to be the best they can be. It is a challenge and a privilege. I’m grateful its my job..my most fulfilling role in life.

♡ Mothers love

It is the most powerful and unconditional love there is. I am moved to tears when I feel the ferocity of the love I have for my children. It is a wonderful feeling and I am constantly in awe of this!

♡ The endless supply of cuddles and kisses

I can’t get enough of the cuddles and kisses I get from my little ones. When they throw their arms around my neck and give me a big hug, all is right with the world. When they randomly come and give me a kiss it makes my day.

♡ Watching them grow

Babies become children who enter the world and take their place in the community. Every year we enter a new phase and reach new milestones. This year for us it is our eldest starting pre-school and our youngest turning two. They are growing so quickly and whilst I (sometimes) mourn the newborns they were, I also get a huge thrill watching them growing up and learning to behave socially, form friendships, learn and discover themselves.

♡ The next generation

Watching with pleasure as your child enters into the world of parenting. This is obviously a distance away for me but I know I can speak for my own Mother when I say that watching me become a parent, and getting to know her grandchildren, has been one of the greatest pleasures of her life.

♡ It’s not just about you anymore

It helps you put things into perspective and takes the ego out of your life. When you become a Mother life becomes so much more than just you. You are wholly responsible for another human being and whilst daunting at times I am so grateful that it has helped me get this perspective in life. Life is about the family we have created, it is so much bigger than any one person.

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  • Reply di @ lime&soda March 13, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Beautiful post Jess. And thanks for including Lisa. Having been one of those that found the path motherhood a difficult journey, I can totally relate to all of these. Being a mother is a true blessing in life!

  • Reply Sonia Life Love Hiccups March 12, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    A beautiful post from Jess – someone I only know from following online but someone who comes across as such a beautiful genuine spirit. xx

    • Reply admin March 12, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Thank you for the lovely feedback Son – I am glad that the good energy is radiating outwards from Jess’s thoughtful words and sharing xx

    • Reply Jess - A Little Part of the World March 13, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      You are gorgeous Son. I hope we get to meet in person one day. Thank you. Jx

  • Reply Jess - A Little Part of the World March 12, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Thank you for having me Lisa and for your lovely words. Jx

    • Reply admin March 12, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Thank you again Jess xx

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid March 12, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Such a beautiful post Jess! Children are such treasures, aren’t they? So much to be thankful for!

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