It's true what they say,
"sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down"
I've never known this to be more true in my life than in parenting. Some days I wake up feeling rested and ready to face the day. I make my plan of attack, bang out the dishes or empty out the dishwasher, make breakfast from scratch, do 3 loads of laundry and have supper planned out by noon. I play endlessly with Hazel and have all of the patience of a seasoned mother taking everything in stride.
Other days it seems I can't seem to get out of my own way. Dishes, laundry and tidying up are interrupted by anything and everything every 2 minutes, naps don't go well, someone drops over unexpectedly and I'm still in my pyjamas, Hazel has a dirty face from lunch and I'm making excuses about my train wreck of a house. 5 o'clock rolls around and I have no clue what I'm going to feed anyone for supper.
I think I may have at one time long ago wanted to tell you that these days don't exist in my world. That everything is fine and always up up up. But as I have grown and taken hold of my role as a mother I have realized that these down days sharpen me. They have made me a better parent. Challenged me.
These days aren't pretty. They involve crying, losing patience and perhaps the odd begging my husband to come home early. Blessedly, they don't come often, but when they do my desire is to learn from them. To reflect on what I could have done differently and try to change my knee-jerk reactions and become more gracious. More kind. The kind of mother and wife I know I am on the inside.
So lets unite on our down days. Let's encourage each other and grow and learn and be transformed. Let's sharpen and equip each other but lets also make allowances for each other. When you see that mama with the baby who may not be perfectly behaved that day, when you see the mama who looks a bit disheveled. Give her grace, ok?
Because you know what? Sometimes you're up, and sometimes you're down.