My Spouse Had Shot This Photo On My Phone While I Was Sleeping, And I Discovered It When I Woke Up.

When I woke up the other morning, I saw this picture on my phone. Right now, I feel like I’m in the middle of everything. This is the chaotic life of raising young children. However, that night, it was my husband’s turn to take care of the baby. He captured this moment of my daughter and me after he changed, nursed, and put the baby to sleep (who eventually ended up in our bed during the night).

Usually, I don’t share a self-portrait that I haven’t posed for. And I usually get mad at the person who took it. But this time is different. This photo is special.

These past few weeks have been really tough. It’s easy to forget how demanding a newborn can be. How it exhausts you physically, mentally, and emotionally. And when you add two more children to the mix, you’re already exhausted. Every single time.

I change diapers, hold babies, wipe tears, clean up spills, do laundry, wash dishes, and take many food breaks throughout the day.

I rarely wash my hair. Because of lack of sleep, my eyes are swollen and have bags underneath. Most likely, there are food or spit stains on my clothes. I always tie my hair back in a messy bun. My makeup has completely disappeared.

This picture captures it all. Parenthood is one of the toughest jobs in the world, even though it’s not glamorous.

I want to take a moment to reflect on this phase of my life. I needed this picture as a reminder because it’s easy to forget that there will come a time when I’ll miss something amidst the chaos.

I won’t mind the sleepless nights as much as I’ll miss rocking and cuddling my newborns to sleep. I can feel their little chests rise and fall as their tiny fingers curl around mine.

The ability to calm my kids with just a hug and a kiss on the forehead will affect me more than their crying fits.

I’ll miss cleaning up their messes with just soap and water more than I’ll miss cleaning up spilled milk.

Sharing a bed with my children won’t cause any pain in my neck and back, and I won’t miss it. However, I will miss waking up in the morning and seeing their faces next to mine. We’ll miss our morning hugs.

I want to reflect on this phase of my life.

I don’t want to forget this time of fatherhood, no matter how challenging and overwhelming it may be.

So make sure to remind your spouse or someone special. Remind them to capture these moments in photos.

“Treasure these photos and be happy.”

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