Beast Mode: Motherhood

Tonight I came to the conclusion, that we as moms are total beasts. All the moms I see in my circle endure SO much, all of the time. Rarely do I hear complaints, I just see these moms rolling up their sleeves and going after what needs to get done. It makes me so proud to be a mom.

Whether we are working-away-from-home-moms, working-at-home-moms, stay-at-home-moms; traveling-for-work-moms, we all are moms. We are tough beyond measure… and it starts the moment we get pregnant. We endure and endure and endure. I often wonder why moms aren’t fitted with incredible abs and overall muscle tone because of all we endure. I had no idea I could balance so much while nursing a baby…. Or how much I could do while carrying around an unwell toddler. I can’t keep track of how many squats I do every day to pick up laundry, turn on a sound machine, and pick up toys.

Tonight my little had a fever and I just turned it on. I knew she needed me, so I became stronger, sleep resistant and full of adrenaline. I am a mama who loves natural means of wellness and gets excited when I find home remedies + my plant juice (aka essential oils) that can help my little pancakes feel better. So, I whipped out all the crunchy things.

Since we have two kiddos, my husband has the other one, then I can manage the one who feels yucky. It amazes me how much mamas can handle. I manage making dinner + researching ways to help a little feel better naturally + bath time + applying ways for my little to feel better + balancing babe on my hip while carrying all of the other pieces of chaos in our house when it turns 5 pm + a baby massage + snuggles with baby until my little lemon wedge falls asleep + cleaning up the disaster that our kitchen becomes at dinner time + unloading a dishwasher + picking up the house a little bit so when we wake up tomorrow we don’t feel like we are walking around a battlefield.

My house may not look pristine… it goes in and out of disaster all day long. I do a load of laundry and then another has to be done, I wash the dishes and turn around to a sink that is full again. Doing this while being a work from home mom can drive one up the wall. I go in and out of phases where I feel like I have it together and then I feel like it is all falling apart.

Then I remember all that I endure, what a beast I am when it comes to motherhood, and I feel proud. Salute to all you mamas out there who are total gorgeous beasts…battling different challenges every single day and coming out on top. We are role models for our tiny humans and I think we are setting some pretty awesome examples of what life is really all about + how to work hard + how to be reliable.

Cheers to the weekend mamas; you’re doing a bang-up job. Give that fabulous lady a nod next time you pass the mirror, she earned it. (And go pour a glass of wine, she earned that too!)

Lauren Wiatrek
Lauren Wiatrek is a native Austinite who has the heart of a nomad, and after moving 7 times is here to stay. In 2011, she married her husband, Evan and they have their beautiful daughters: Halen and Henley. After teaching for five years, Lauren started her own in-home daycare. Lover of all things outdoors, cooking, baking, hosting small gatherings and all things on the natural side, which birthed her oily obsession with YoungLiving. Lauren tries to travel every chance she gets and her happy place is in Northern Michigan. Recently, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and you can follow her journey at Be Still and Smile and follow her at @mamawiatrek.

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