Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Celebration of Motherhood

I'm excited to be joining with Lemon Lime Adventures series The Ultimate Guide to Baby's First Year.
This series is not only a wealth of  information for you but we also have a very exciting giveaway which I'll tell you about at the end.

As it's Mother's Day it's only fitting that the series is beginning with a Celebration of  Motherhood.
 Allow me to introduce you to my two little miracles-Squiggles and Bubbles. These beautiful little people are the centre of my world, they are the reason I get up in the morning, the reason I spend my days laughing, crying and pulling my hair out with frustration. Motherhood is not at all what I expected, I really wasn't ready for it but I wouldn't have it any other way.

As I write this I'm watching the girls wander around the room,  intermittently hugging and hitting each other in the head, and as I do I can't help but feel blessed. To think that these little human beings lived in me for 9months, that God has entrusted Numnut and I to raise-it just boggles my mind!

I thought I knew true  love when I stood with Numnut on our wedding day and committed in Jesus' name in front of our family and friends to take him as my husband now and as we grow and develop into all that God intends. I love my husband with my  entire being but  the love I have for our children is so different I don't think I had the capacity to even imagine it before they were born. It's like the moment I became a mother my heart grew so that I could not only love my God and husband but so that I could love my child so intensely, fiercely and unconditionally that I feel like  I'm going to burst!

I can't help but remember the words I heard my  father preach time and again as a child, "God's love for us is endless and unconditional, it's even greater than a parents love for their child." As a mother of one I found that almost incomprehensible  but as a mother of two I find trying to wrap my head around that concept simply too much for my poor little head. It's like trying to wrap my brain around the grace of God-it's simply too much! My heart though, knows it to be true and bursts with love for my God, my creator, my saviour, my father and my friend.

When I was pregnant with Squiggles I worried endlessly about how I was going to be able to give both Bubbles and Squiggles the love they deserved. Experienced mums told me not to worry,  that I would, and they were right. As I  screamed "I love you Squiggles, this is all for you because you're worth it"and agonizingly brought Squiggles into this world, as I saw her tiny body being resuscitated by the doctor  and as I saw her tiny body being cradled against her daddy's shoulder I knew that God had  not only given us yet another amazing gift but that he had amazingly increased my capacity for love yet again.

Some days I worry that Squiggles doesn't get as much of my attention as Bubbles did at her age. Some days I worry that Bubbles is no longer getting as much of my attention as she used to. However, then I sit and simply watch them at play, I marvel at their growth and development and realise that whilst I may not  be the perfect parent, I may not be able to give as much of me as I'd like, despite these things and all of my shortcomings as a mother my girls are growing into happy, healthy and fiercely independent young women.

Being a mother may not have been what I expected, I may not have been ready to become one but I am truely grateful to God for the gift of motherhood. It truly is the best gift I have ever been given.

Wow! Well that went in a totally different direction to what I'd planned, I had thought I was going to share the girls birth stories, I hope you still enjoyed it though!

Now, about the giveaway, we want to Celebrate YOU and EVERYTHING about Baby’s First Year! As part of our Ultimate Guide to Baby’s First Year, we have joined with over 30 sponsors to give you a chance to win over $2,000 in goodies!
Follow Dayna :: Lemon Lime Adventures's board Everything Baby on Pinterest.
Yes, Please! We have made it easy for you… all the prizes are together in one easy giveaway. Be sure to follow along, pin your favorite stories to read later (we know there is a lot  to take in at once, and join the 10 day party by clicking above and bookmarking so you don’t forget to come back!
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You can earn LOTS of chances to win and we will pick 8 winners when the series is over. What do you hope to win for you or a friend?

I'd love it, if you would now join with me in reading what these awesome mums have to say about motherhood:
Mom to Three: Two Here, One in My Heart ~ Still Playing School
How We Ordered a Baby ~ Let the Journey Begin
Sweet tooth: from mother to children ~ La Cité des Vents
Happy Mother’s Day {Free Printable} ~ Bare Feet on the Dashboard
The Day I Became a Mom ~ The Jenny Evolution
Being a Mom of Growing Readers  ~ Growing Book by Book
I Always Said I’m Not A Baby Person ~ Pink Oatmeal
Celebrate Motherhood: They Call Me Momma ~ The Stay-at-Home-Mom Survival Guide
Time After Time ~ True Aim Education
A Hand Made Family ~ Hand Made Kids Art
Four generations ~ Wildflower Ramblings
Ten Things I Learned From Motherhood ~ Conceving Piper
3 Poems Celebrating Motherhood ~ BPhotoArt
#ItWasMom ~ Trust Me, I’m a Mom
5 things to love about multiples ~ Bambini Travel
A Letter To Myself (As a New Mom) ~ Peace but Not Quiet
Celebrating Mothers Day from the Couch ~ ALLterNATIVElearning
Happy Mother’s Day from a First Time Mom ~ The Realistic Mama
I’m Not Super Mom, Just Mom to 3 Super Little Boys ~ Makeovers & Motherhood
Becoming Mama ~ It’s A Long Story
Celebrating Grandmotherhood, the World’s Best Job ~ Living Montessori Now
“If You Feed Them They Grow” and Other Funny Mother’s Day Quotes from Lalymom
Simply Mom ~ Plain Vanilla Mom
The Ultimate Baby Series and Giveaway ~ Natural Beach Living

Happy Mothers Day!

Please always supervise your infant/child at play.  Please stay within arms reach and never leave infants/children unattended.  You know you're infant/child best, use your own judgement-considering your infant/child's temperament, habits, behaviour and development before you play with a new play medium.

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