Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Russell's. What a crazy week full of family and fun. Even though Kieran should be in bed sleeping right now, I can hear him running around, sneaking out to get some toys from under the tree.
The picture above is of Kieran and his cousin on Christmas Eve. Kieran has gotten the phone book thinking that it is Santa's list and is asking her what she wants for Christmas. So sweet!
Christmas morning was a lot of fun. Kieran was very excited that Santa delivered a Police Motorcycle!! Infact at least twice through out the night (Christmas Eve) he woke breifly to mutter 'motorcycle'. My other favourite part of the morning was when he opened a present that had a box of Smarties and he grabbed the box and rubbed the box on his face while saying "ooo I love these!". I have no idea where he got that from, but it was hilarious.
Kieran has quickly gotten use to the holiday schedule. If I tell him we are going out he quickly answers "and then where are we going?". Lot's of vixiting, but today we had no where to be so we built lots of lego, puzzles, and saved room for some snuggles!
Ever since the Christmas parade Kieran has wanted to get our tree up and decorate the house. He unpakced one box (aka threw it all on the floor), and hung up a couple ornaments. Turns out he doesn't need anthing for Christmas...all he truely wants is a box. He played in that box most of the day! Maybe I will just throw some lights on it and we will be all done.
I don't really have a new picture of Kieran this week, or a funny story off the top of my head (although I am sure there are a few). So I thought I would take this time to share why I started Mommy Monday about 3 years ago.
I try to keep my posts short and sweet, with a smile, but in no way is my experience of parenthood always sunshine and roses. I wanted to be the chill mom who took her baby everywhere with ease and grace. A mom who could still do the thingd she loved but share them with her son. Boy was I in for a rude awakening. Kieran always needed to be in motion, and never wanted to sleep. To tell you the truth I got really down and frustrated with mysef, which made me feel worse with guilt. I wanted everything to be perfect for him and I felt helpless.
Mommy Monday started as a need to celebrate the beauty and love in my relationship with Kieran. I knew it was there and that it outweighed the tired frustrated times, but I needed a way to celebrate and have something to look at when I was down and feeling no good. My Mommy Monday does not paint the whole picture of my experience as a mom, but I hope it brings you as much joy as it brings me. These are the things I am so very grateful for-even the down moments-These are the things that remind me I am doing a good job! And I hope that when Kieran is old enough, he will be able to look back and know that he was loved...even if some of the stories may embarass him.
I love being a Mom. I have learned so much, and have really begun to find myslef these past 3 years. With Kieran as the guide-full of wonder and tests...and many "Whys?"... I would not change a thing.
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Jennifer Russell was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.She is an Intentional artist who focuses on creating meaning full connections to her work for herself and others. Nothing is more satisfying to her than hearing that her work has inspired someone in their own life.