A few weeks ago, we walked over to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to take advantage of a rare sunny spring day. If you have not been, the Botanical Gardens are one of the most magical places in Prospect Park and is definitely worth making the trip to, especially to see the famous cherry blossom blooms. And you guys, I’m not going to lie. I had the hardest time choosing any less than 20 photos to post because this was one of the best mornings of my whole year and there were too many favorites to cut down so please, bear with me.
A day like this is what makes living in New York worth it. Winter is miserable. Even as I write this today, it was 46 degrees this morning and it is almost Memorial Day! But then you get a day, where the weather is gorgeous, your soul feels a little replenished, the sun is this welcomed gift you have been waiting for, for what seems like eternity, and everything feels like magic. The girls were head over heels excited to see all the pretty flowers, especially Edith who’s favorite color is pink so she felt as though the flowers were there just for her enjoyment. And to top it off, they put away their big coats and leggings (anyone else’s toddler hate leggings!?) in favor of theirs and mine favorite dresses by Alice + Ames. The perfect amount of comfortable and pretty, the ballet dresses were made for spring and days like this.
We played hide and seek in the Cherry Esplanade for what seemed like hours. This age with the girls is the best yet. They are friends more than enemies and Lilah can almost keep up with Edith’s crazy imagination world. They are both so curious about the world around them and taking them on adventures in this city opens my eyes up to so many new things. I know everyone says that they love seeing the world through their child’s eyes and it is so true.
I’ll be honest, the last two years have been pretty difficult. I had PPD with Lilah; I struggled with guilt and trying to find a rhythm in my new role as a mother of two. Everyone said the second child is easier, but that was not the case with me. Lilah cried all the time, I felt like I was losing my patience every two seconds, and that no one was getting the best of me. There was this grey fog hovering over me and it wasn’t until this spring that I felt a shift. Finally, I feel like I’ve got this. I’m not sure if it was the timing of my father’s passing or Lilah getting a little older, but I feel a new energy and renewed love of motherhood. Things that once seemed like a chore are now an opportunity. I don’t want to miss a second of this life with them or have any regrets.
Days like this day are what its all about. It is where I feel the most purpose, where I feel the most at home. I am definitely not perfect. Sometimes I spend too much time on my phone, or I let them watch four episodes of Sofia the First because I’m exhausted and don’t have it in me to play another game or read that one book for the millionth time, or we all eat Annie’s mac & cheese for two out of three meals in a day because they are going to live and turn out okay. Because I love them, they know I love them. And most of the time, I’m a great mom. I’m doing a good job. It feels so weird to write that but I think us moms don’t say it enough. It is so easy to compare and feel guilty about everything we aren’t doing but today, I’m just going to focus on what I did right and how I can do better tomorrow. So next time you’re out with one of your mama friends, tell her what a good job she is doing. Because us moms can all use that reassurance and praise on more days than just Mother’s Day. I bet you anything you’ll make her day and she will hold that compliment close to her heart for a long time.
Photos by Julia Elizabeth for Lucky Penny
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