I’m so honored to be invited to participate in The Mama Bliss Is Blog Tour hosted by Kathy Stowell of Bliss Beyond Naptime. The Mama Bliss Is Blog Tour is helping to spread the word on the importance of mothers to tend to their self-care and creative practices first and foremost while contending with overwhelm in healthy and creative ways.
Here is my answer to ‘Mama Bliss Is … ‘
Mama Bliss is such a personal journey and has changed for me over the years.
For me, mama bliss has always been about those moments that pull you into the present with crystal clarity of what is most important. Here are some of the highlights of those raw, feel your skin tingle, smell the air, burned in my memory forever mama bliss moments:
The first glimpse of the ultrasound.
That moment he was laid on my tummy the very first time.
The feel of his skin. Even today.
Those little feet that were impossibly small. Growing every day.
The latching on moment of nursing my baby. Knowing that I am nourishing this beautiful little soul and he is counting on me. What a blessing.
Watching him lay on my husbands bare chest and nap together. That is bliss.
That belly laugh … oh my god … that was my favorite sound in the entire world.
Mama .. the first time I heard that word from my boy, I simply melted.
Watching him stand up for himself. Watching him share. Watching him do … almost anything.
Kindergarten. First grade. Second grade. And oh my … we’re almost at third grade. Watching him be capable, funny, smart, loving, sassy, strong-willed. My love.
Watching my son play the piano and the guitar with a gift beyond his years … it’s magical … that is bliss.
Each morning, he still wants to cuddle. Bliss.
And when I leave for a work trip, a retreat, or to simply be with my friends, he plays with daddy and is content. That is personal mama bliss time where I can get enough distance to see how much bliss I have to come home to. And choose to come home again in mind, body and spirit re-nourished.
I know mama bliss will continue to evolve over time. But most of all, I get to notice that it can all be bliss. The mess, the laughter, the joy, the journey. To me it all becomes part of the journey, and I’m grateful for the perspective to enjoy it now, and now, and now.