My Motherhood (and Yours)

It’s the way Chase says “super” all the time but pronounces it “shooper.” It’s how—in his most serious voice—he says, “I’m shooper fast.” Then a moment later, as if it has honestly never occurred to him before (and believe me, it has): “I’m fast as Flash!”

It’s the way Trenton still pronounces finger as “singer,” which always instantly reminds me that he isn’t as old as I sometimes think he is.

At five years old, the so-cute-I-could-eat-you-up moments seem to be coming less often, now that he is a full-on kid instead of a toddler or a baby. But when he says “singer” instead of finger or surprises me by tucking his lanky limbs into me when he’s upset? That’s when I remember how young five really is.

My motherhood is in the way the baby scrunches her nose or flaps her little wings when she’s happy. It’s the way she looks at me for a reaction when she’s hurt but hasn’t yet decided if she wants to bother with the water works.

It’s when Trenton tells me that the bad guys are all probably having fun in hell because they’re “hanging out together.” 🙂

It’s the fact that Chase came to us yesterday morning with BOTH his church pants and his shirt on backwards. (How you get zipper-front pants on backwards I do not know.)

It’s the awkward in-between stage where I can’t tell if Quinn needs one nap or two, and she doesn’t seem terribly happy about either option.

It’s the many “cozy homes” the boys build with blankets and pillows and the way Quinn beelines for her favorite blankie whenever she sees it piled on.

It’s me being relieved that it is finally spring break because it means we don’t have to leave the house four times a day!

It’s the way the boys burst into smiles at Quinn (and the way she reciprocates) whenever they see each other after even the shortest absence.

As simple as it is, this is my motherhood. I only get to do it once.

Just for fun—What are some of the details that paint your motherhood at this stage?

Linked up with Works for Me Wednesday and On Your Heart

  • Katie
    April 14, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Ben telling me everyday that he is going to be the fastest in the family but right now only Daddy is faster (he refuses to admit I am too). James being able to flash his adorable smile and still make it hard for me to say no. And then both of them loving their sisters to death. If James needs to be woken up from a nap, only his sister doing it will guarantee he’s happy. I love reading your stories because they are so similar to mine.

    • Erica Layne
      April 14, 2014 at 11:49 am

      Oh my, I love reading yours too! That is so adorable that you figured out to send a sister in there to wake him up. I’m going to have to try it on one of the rare days when Chase conks out. 🙂

  • Katie @ Wonderfully Made
    April 14, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Love this post. Write now, Kristen says “I luv voo” and it makes my heart melt every time. And anytime we say “Jack, you are so smart! (or great or funny…you get the idea 🙂 he says, “Yes I AM smart! (etc.)” with a big smile. I just love it!

  • Jules
    April 14, 2014 at 10:32 am

    It’s Gray throwing her tantrums one second, but kissing my cheek the next, telling me I’m so nice. It’s cheek cuddles with Indie, while she babbles happily in my ear. It’s watching my almost 7 year old who’s looking older by the day, catching glimpses of the woman she will soon be. It’s counting down the days until they all go off to live on their own, yet desperately wanting to hit pause and keep them as my babies forever.

  • Melanie Swarny
    April 14, 2014 at 11:14 am

    When Ryleigh woke up about 2 weeks ago and smiled as soon as she saw my face… Best feeling ever seeing my daughter recognize me. Made me melt. Also all the giggles, coos and smiles that she’s starting to give to anyone who looks at her.

    • Erica Layne
      April 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Yes, I don’t think there is much better than seeing your baby recognize you. What a sweet, sweet moment, Melanie!

  • Claire @ Lemon Jelly Cake
    April 14, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Wendy demanding to “hold him” (Micah) all day, every day. Micah letting out those hilariously loud newborn burps and making me blush when I breastfeed (completely covered) in public because he is such a NOISY, wriggly eater. Wendy constantly asking my hubby and I to “make George Monkey” out of playdoh.

    I could go on. 🙂 I could write a whole post, haha. It’s fun to try to cement these little moments into memory.

  • Jen
    April 15, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Driving with my 15 year old. I don’t know how we got to this point so fast! There are so many aspects of motherhood that I still can’t wrap my head around. Do these kids know how completely and utterly in love with them we are? I’d be lost without them…

    • Erica Layne
      April 15, 2014 at 7:43 am

      The idea of driving with my oldest makes my heart skip a beat. (And probably for more than one reason…!) And you look way too young to have a 15-year-old! Congrats on the spring thaw. Utah is so beautiful when everything comes alive. (We’re coming in about a month for a wedding, and I can’t wait. It’s been ages since I was in Utah during any month other than our yearly June trip. 🙂

  • Tara
    April 18, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Great perspective on motherhood, it is soooo true you only get to do it once in your lifetime!

    xoxo, Tara

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