May 08, 2022

When Time Flies

Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms (including pet-moms!) out there :)

Noah will be 18 in July, which means I have been a mom for nearly 18 years now. I was working at Curves when I got pregnant with Noah and I chatted with lots of middle-aged women all day. They all told me the same thing: "Time will FLY BY once you have kids. Make sure you cherish every moment!" And of course, I promised I would.

And then I blinked and Noah was 17 years old. And now I'm the middle-aged woman telling new moms that time flies when you have kids, cherish every moment while you can. My friend Jack sent me this quote and I thought it applied to parenting more than anything else:

As a new parent, you have no clue what you're doing. You just kind of go with the flow and then wish you did things differently! Hahaha. Then you share your wisdom/experience with other new parents who wind up doing the same thing and learning the same lesson.

Anyway, I decided to go through some pictures today and I saved a bunch of the kids and me from throughout the years, so I'll post them here. (I won't caption them because there are probably way too many, but it's crazy to see how fast these years have gone by.)

Keep in mind these are the "fun parts" of being a mom. I don't want to try to paint a picture-perfect life as a mom. In between all these pictures were many tears, worry, self-doubt, arguments, the "terrible twos" and "teenage hormones", and many heartbreaks. But these moments make all of that worth it!

Here are a few photos of my mom and me as well. I regret not having lots of photos with her, but like a lot of moms, she was usually the one taking pictures or she didn't like having her photo taken. She has always been extremely supportive and helpful as I navigated being a mom myself. I don't know how I would have done raising the boys if not for her help! 

When I first got pregnant, I imagined having a little girl and I was so excited about it. I don't want to say I was disappointed when the ultrasound showed a boy, because having a little boy would be fun, too. But wow, I had no idea just how much fun! After having Noah, when I got pregnant again, I was REALLY hopeful that it would be another boy. And after Eli, I had no desire to "try for a girl". I've never been a girly-girl, so it's probably best I didn't have a daughter to raise ;) 

My boys are amazing. They have completely opposite personalities, but one thing they have in common is that they are just plain ol' "good kids" in general--the kind of kids that parents hope their own kids will befriend or even date one day. I am so lucky to be their mom and I couldn't be more proud of the young men that they are today!


  1. Happy Mother's Day! I hope you and your mom had the best day!

  2. With my youngest graduating high school in just under 2 weeks, I couldn't agree more with your "Time flies" comments. I try to appreciate each moment, but life sometimes gets the better of me. I'm also blessed with to "good kids". Not perfect, but generally good people. I'm not a girly girl either and thankfully my daughter has found friends and family that helped with hair and makeup and such for school dances, etc.

  3. I hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day!

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