Motherhood is like a piñata, suspended above, vibrantly decorated and teasing you with so much promise. Rather then being filled with candy, toys or fruit, it's full of life lessons. Some lessons are to be expected and others are quite the surprise; they fly at you through the air as the piñata bursts with excitement. And although one might assume children bring similar lessons, in reality each child brings a whole new set of lessons to learn.
In my few short years as a parent, I’ve learned things like patience is everything, my life is not my life and each child is unique. Most recently I’ve learned that there’s no rhyme or reason. The other day my friend commented that when her son develops a normal sleep routine, one thing changes and it's time to adjust again. You go on vacation, the babe gets a tooth or gets sick, or a new member joins the family; you name it. A wrench gets thrown into the mix and right when you thought you had things figured out, it all goes out the window. One day something works and the next day, not so much.
As each child grows, each day of parenting brings on new challenges. Fortunately those challenges also come alongside great things—Connor sitting up, Ryan learning a new word—exciting new things and things that are cause for celebration. Because life is too short, and time passes to quickly to not embrace all of the lessons, and gifts, of motherhood.