Sakura Bloom Sling Diaries :: Celebration

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Photography by Chrissy Powers

With a new baby in the house, we seem to be celebrating something new every single day.

He is sitting up all by himself!

He rolled all the way across the room to get to his toy!

He ate the entire bowl of avocado!

He said Mama!

Big or small, every single new thing that a baby does seems to be celebration. It's our job as mothers to acknowledge their growth and their accomplishments regardless of how miniscule. We are the cheerleaders for our children as they eat food for the first time, start sitting up by themselves, begin to crawl, build a block tower that doesn't topple over, hop on one foot, learn to read. We becomes experts in celebrating those ordinary, everyday moments.

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We become such masters at teaching and celebrating their growth, that often we find ourselves celebrating moments themselves. The pitter patter of little feet down the hall, the toothy grin from across the room, the tinkle of late afternoon giggles lingering in the air, that milky baby scent that envelopes you  the elaborate conversations before lights out, the tiny hand that runs across your chest while you nurse in the dark and silence. We find joy in these seemingly mundane moments, etching these memories onto our hearts until they become a part of our soul.

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And while we take the time to recognize and revere each passing moment in time with our children, as adults, we celebrate so little of our lives.

Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, promotions.

We wait until those big moments to stop and recognize our growth, sometimes even having to remind ourselves with giant X on the calendar. So why is it that we closely watch and celebrate each time our babies show a sign of growth, but as mothers we have yet to acknowledge growth in ourselves. Moments of selflessness, remaining patient despite being at the end of your rope, and being that nurturing person your child needs even when you feel like you want your own mother at that moment.  These moments of selflessness, patience, and nurturing that happen day in and day out as a mother.  These are the moments we should be celebrating for ourselves.

Let's remember to celebrate those ordinary, everyday moments not just for our children, but for ourselves as mothers, for each other as mothers as well.