Before my babies were even born, I’d decided what kind of mom style I’d have. I was never going to do the leggings/sneakers thing. I wouldn’t have my hair in a messy bun every day, my bag would always match my outfit, and my style was going to be perfectly complemented by my angelic brood surrounding me. 😉
Then I had my baby – then 3 more. Truthfully, now I have plenty of days spent in leggings, hair in an extra-messy bun. My motherhood has many ordinary days, when “style” is just not on my mind, because my mind is so full of school projects, diapers, meals, doctor appointments, deadlines, social obligations, who’s supposed to be at what activity when … you know how it goes!
But fashion, beauty, style will always be a part of who I am and what I love, and I’ve come to understand that it’s important to balance my motherhood with my own identity. Although the two will be forever entwined, they are equally important.
A Diaper Bag With Style and Function
The other day I opened a box and it was full of style – style that doesn’t need to wait for date night or ladies brunch. This is style I can strap right on my back and use every day of the week. I can fill it with diapers and wipes, extra clothes, sippy cups…and it’s still gorgeous.
Lily Jade takes mom-ing to a whole new level with their stunning leather bag that can be worn as handbag/messenger or even backpack. Hands-free style had me at hello. This mama is already outnumbered by tiny humans and needs both hands available! 😉
The Elizabeth won my heart because … pockets, you guys! So. Many. Pockets! There is a place for literally anything and everything in this bag. With 4 kids and an active family, I’m constantly on the go with the kids, so having a bag I can get all my essentials in has been a game-changer. Bonus – now I have enough room to carry both baby items and my items, all in one bag.
Now even when I am rocking the leggings and mom bun, I feel a little bit more put together, carrying this bag. 😉
Finding The Balance and Joy
The other day, Hubby ended up with a random few hours home, and we didn’t want to waste them. We packed everyone up and headed over to one of our favorite local spots. All I had to do what grab water from the fridge – everything else was already ready to go in my bag.
I’d be lying if I said it’s “easy” taking our whole little crew out, but the sweet moments come in between the crazy ones. Days like these, I love being able to slow down with them, to walk at their pace, and notice the simple things that I might have passed by on my own.
I’m learning each day to find that subtle balance between embracing my motherhood season and making room for personal growth. I’m seeing in my own sweet babes the effect my words, my actions have on their hearts. Who I am as a person is such a huge part of who I am as their mother. My choices will forever be part of them.
Something tells me that when I look back on these years, days like this will be the ones I remember most vividly.
…these quiet days without much excitement, when everything was ordinary, when a family outing, some silly faces, a diaper bag, and lollipops brought joy. When we loved – with a love that filled our hearts.
Maybe that’s just a little extraordinary after all.