Mara Dawn Dockery | Graphic Designer | Mom of 2 boys | Mid Century dreamy home in Springfield, MO
What’s the best part about being a mom?
Since my kids are still pretty young, seeing the world through their amazed little eyes. A simple walk can turn into a foraging nature walk. They jump up and down for joy when they find a beautiful yellow flower (a dandelion weed). The innocence and joy they find in even the smallest things can be super refreshing.
What’s the most challenging thing about being a mom?
I could answer this question different ways in different seasons, but for me right now, it’s decision-related guilt. It’s constantly running through my head if I’m doing enough or if I’ve made the right decision in whatever situation. Ex: my son’s stomach is upset. Is there an underlying food allergy issue that needs to be addressed or did he just eat dirt?
The sheer number of decisions to make when parenting is astounding, and I’m constantly questioning if I’ve made the right one. I try to re-read this article Why You’re Already a Perfect Mother by Joanna Goddard when I’m feeling inadequate.
What has surprised you most about parenting?
I’m usually a more reserved and level-headed person so my own emotions during parenting have honestly been the most surprising thing. I never knew I could feel such heights of joy (a fresh newborn snuggled your arms!) coupled with such lows (physical pain of a C-section + sleep deprivation + mourning of my pre-baby life). Also, I love seeing them experience all the magic around the holidays, yet I also typically cry thinking about how they’ll grow up so fast and be gone for future holidays. The intensity and mixture of emotions while parenting is bananas.