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When I first found out I was going to be a mom, I immediately begin dreaming about what it was going to be like.
There would be cozy weekend mornings that we would spend snuggling.
Peaceful stroller rides. Hours spent reading.
Some of those things eventually happened.
Years after I expected them to.
The boys were three or four before they had any interest in weekend morning snuggling. (These days, they are snuggling champions.)
I'm not sure we've ever had a peaceful stroller ride, as neither of them liked their stroller and much preferred to run through the park like Cowboys.
And though we read a lot, they were close to 18 months before they seemed interested in more than just chewing, tearing and flipping the pages.
Skye is also completely different than I imagined her.
When I found out I was having a little girl, I couldn't have been more thrilled. It almost seemed too good to be true, because it was something I had wanted so badly.
I dreamed of all the fun we'd have, how I'd fix her hair and dress her up. The hours we would spend playing dolls. She was going to be my girly-girl for sure!
Never once did I imagine that she was going to be just like me.
A girly girl sometimes. But mostly rough and tumble, always making a mess, and into everything.
She would much prefer to be outside than inside, preferably covered in dirt or paint.
My girl is a tough one. When she falls, she doesn't cry. She just gets up, and either says “I'm ok” or “I'm fantastic”. This is usually after exploring whatever is on the ground near where she fell.
Somewhere I read a meme that described boys as “Noise with dirt on it.” Through the years, I've repeatedly looked at my husband when the boys were being particularly loud or noisy and repeated that.
Oh, my boys can get so dirty doing the simplest of things.
Like eating ice cream.
This was Christians birthday and we eventually ended up with bright blue on that yellow shirt!
Baby sister does just as well. She is forever painting on herself, drawing on her clothes with a marker or getting covered head to toe in dirt.
Although as with the boys, she is nothing like I envisioned her, I couldn't be more thrilled with any of them. They are so different that I imagined, different from each other…and completely perfect in my eyes.
Yes, they make really big messes.
Don't even get me started on what a project laundry can be with three kids.
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It gives me the peace of mind not to worry when Skye is all dressed up and starts digging in the dirt. Or breaks out her beloved paints while wearing an outfit I just bought.
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There is nothing like having the confidence to let my kids be #FreeToBeAdventurous.
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Being a Mom is nothing like what I expected, but I wouldn't change a thing. I love all the messiness of these years as I see the world through their eyes.
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