As moms we talk a lot about grace- whether it's extending grace to each other while we're in the trenches of motherhood or bestowing it upon ourselves without feeling guilty or undeserving.
I wish someone had told me years ago not just how difficult mothering is but also how those feelings of survival that became second nature during the newborn period would pretty much unpack their bags and move in like an awkward, unwelcome family member during the child-rearing years.
Here I am, five years into have kids and most days I still feel like I mother in survival mode. Just last night I mentally high-fived myself once all three boys were asleep for making through yet another day without losing anyone or winding up in the emergency room waiting area.
You laugh but it's true! Even when we're in the confines of our own home I find myself counting heads roughly every third minute of the day. "Carter, have you seen your brother?" "Was that the sliding glass door I just heard open?" "Where's the baby!?" While the answer to that last one is most usually "duh, you're holding him, Mom!"
And don't get me started on the MMA-style fighting that seems to be inherently linked to the Y chromosome. I try to be Big Strong Boy Mom and not worry unless I see blood because as the saying goes "boys will be boys" but really that saying should be "boys, you have nice faces! Let's keep them that way and how about you be a little considerate of how mom doesn't want to spend her afternoon waiting for someone's broken arm to be set."
As a mom I've learned to be extra grateful for new mornings (and coffee). No matter what events transpired the day before, a new morning (and coffee) is like an automatic reset button. I yelled too much the day before?... Well I won't today! We didn't do enough fun activities outside before the weather got too hot?... Today is a new day!
Sometimes these new mornings get me a little carried away what with all the grand plans I make for the day (ie: no yelling or free time with play-doh, both equally high up on the Fat Chance That's Happening list) but regardless of the likelihood of whatever plans I make coming to fruition, it's nice waking up each morning with a clean slate. A new day to be the kind of mom my kids need me to be.
But not until I drink that first cup of coffee and bonus points if it's during a moment of peace and quiet.
It wasn't until I became the mom of three small children that I truly came to appreciate two things in life: space and coffee. With a little bit of each of these two things to myself each morning, it's all I need to prepare myself to take on the day.
Coffee-mate understands the struggle. This summer they've partnered with Target and celebrity designer and artist David Bromstad to bring a fresh new start to morning coffee. The limited edition bottles feature creative wrappers designed by Bromstad himself and are available in both the French Vanilla and Hazelnut creamer flavors. These bottles are sold exclusively at Target through September 5, 2015.
Even though my "day" may have started shortly after last night's bedtime what with the wake-ups and the "I want waters" and the "my covers aren't right," when I pull open the doors to my fridge in the morning and my half-open eyes fall upon those brightly covered coffee creamer bottles, I can almost hear the angels singing.
Or is that baby? Anyone seen the baby?
To see a fun little video on how I take my morning coffee and find inspiration with every sip, head on over to Instagram.
To celebrate the newly designed product release, Coffee-mate and Target want to give one lucky ILYMTC reader a $200 Target gift card. They say it's so that you can snag one of the Bromstad-inspired bottles for your own home but I think it's so that you can fuel up on $200 worth of coffee just to make it through the week. Whatever you decide to do with the $200 entry is easy and can be done using the Raffelcopter widget below. Good luck and be sure to keep up with Coffee-mate online, Facebook and Twitter.