Sunday, April 15, 2012

The best of Motherhood

It's been 13 months since the incredible night I became a mother. I knew my life would change, but I couldn't imagine how much I would love this role. I feel so grateful that I can stay at home full time and soak up every moment of Ibes' development. Here are some of my favorite things about being a Mom.

I have more appreciation for my time with my husband and other loved ones. It seems like you gain a better sense of eternity when you look into your baby's eyes, and I want to use each day to the fullest. I have grown in my Christian walk, and have more time to meditate on Scripture and pray.
I pray for Ibes constantly, and my prayer is that he will one day put his trust in Jesus Christ as his savior. I feel an incredible responsibility to model the Christian life to my little one, so he sees Jesus in me.

I love getting to know other moms, especially moms with little ones who are close to Ibes' age. I've had the opportunity to get involved with our church's MOPS group. MOPS is Mothers of Preschoolers. Our group gets together once a month, and gives moms a chance to get together for food, fellowship, and the encouragement that comes from being with other women who are going through similar experiences. It's been so good to develop relationships with women I've wanted to get to know for years, but never had the time or opportunity to build deeper friendships.

I did a lot of reading about breastfeeding before Ibes arrived, but nothing could prepare me for the reality of being a nursing mom. It's a demanding role, especially during those early weeks, when Ibes was still learning how to eat and it took so long to complete a feeding. Then there were the growth spurts, when he was attached to me more often than not. I'm grateful that I have a mother who nursed three children, and could give me encouragement and advice. She told me that cluster feeding was normal, and that it was right to let my 6 week old baby nurse as often as he wanted, to boost my supply and ensure that he was getting all the milk he needed. I feel very fortunate that I had great lactation consultants, who helped us through a rough patch and gave me the moral support I needed. I'm still nursing on cue, and don't have any plans to wean anytime soon.

It's incredible to see the world through a child's eyes. You start planning your day around what will excite and enrich your child, whether it's a trip to Grammy and Pops, a visit to the park, or an extended reading session with his favorite books. Ibes has such a sense of wonder about little things - like seeing butterflies. I can't wait for Christmas this year. It's such a beautiful holiday, and has always been my favorite day of the year. I love experiencing it with my son, and those experiences will grow richer each year.

I love the way Ibes smells! His skin has such a sweet scent, and I can't help but breathe in deeply whenever he's close. I bathe him in Mustela baby wash, and shampoo his hair with Johnson's baby shampoo - two of my favorite scents. I even love A&D ointment, and admit that sometimes I apply it to his little bottom just because it smells good.
When Ben was traveling for work, he told me that he missed the smell of Ibes' clean diapers. I thought he was crazy, until I changed him and realized that I enjoy the scent too.

Sweet little Ibes


  1. Very nice....reading this brought back lots of my OWN memories about you 3 when you were little. Raising kids is work...tiring...frustrating, but SO fulfilling. I wouldn't trade being a dad for anything....although.....being a "Pops" is pretty cool too! ;-)

  2. Decided it was time to update my profile and name! ;-)