We found ourselves at the beach on Sunday, totally planning on walking alongside it (and maybe hoping to get this baby low low low). Maxwell clearly had other plans because it didn’t take long and he was tugging at the straps on the stroller to get out. This sweet boy loves getting his feet wet, and in an instant memories of our weekly adventures to the beach over the summer flooded my heart. I grabbed his hand and together we walked down to the waters edge to play.
Zack captured this moment of me with both my babies, and when I saw it on my phone almost a day later I literally gasped. This is such a precious photo to me. I’m beginning to see mamahood as a marathon: we have to pace ourselves wisely, from the early morning hours, so we can last the entire day. It’s a hard, magnificent race.
Now that Maxwell is a toddler and he’s talking to us, sharing what he needs and pointing out all that he sees, it’s so very clear to me that love is at the forefront of his mind — all day, every day. He doesn’t ever see me as tired or repetitive or structured or weary, all feelings mamas have throughout the day. Instead, he sees me as his friend, his teacher, and his encourager. Having this moment at the beach with my babies captured is beyond precious — it’s life giving for my mama soul.
WOW, what an incredible photo! You need to frame this one!!
Oh, i totally agree -with everything you said.
I have 2 15 months apart – now 16 and 15 – its so precious to me the early years of raising them and now! It just keeps getting better.
A marathon indeed! And I love the perspective of our kids seeing us as their friend, teacher, encourager – its so true! Love your mamma heart Maggie!!
Thank you Tiffany! ♥
What an amazing photo and memory to have! You are so fortunate to live by the ocean! Although MN still misses you. ;)
It’s amazing how our looking at yourself through your child’s eyes can make you feel better about everything isn’t it? :)
It’s something I need to remember to do more often… it definitely keeps things in perspective! :)
I took a big big break from blogging/reading blogs this year. But I’m slowly dipping my toes back in and came here to see what was new with you. Congratulations on the new baby! I love this photo – so beautiful. My favorite photos of me with my little ones are the ones I when I don’t know we’re being photographed. Beautiful. <3
Thank you Lauren!!! My official due date is the 29th! xoxo
LOVE this photo! So beautiful!