5 BIG Reasons Why You Should Be Excited About Your Next Season Of Motherhood (& Being Done Having Babies!)

Here’s the scoop: Joe and I are done having kids. We really are.

There is something that feels so complete about our family as it is and neither one of us can imagine having more babies. These memories from the past five years will forever be some of our most tender, special ones, but we recently found our balance and are happy to continue exploring life with our two growing boys.

Anyone in the same boat?

I used to watch my babies on my phone constantly, kept track of their sleep schedules, and even used to write down what times they woke up + fell asleep. Now, we just leave our VAVA baby monitor on the kitchen counter and sneak peeks here + there for peace of mind ✌🏼.

Side note: If you’re on the market for a baby monitor, VAVA has an unmatched battery life (12hrs in display mode and 24hrs when the display is turned off!) which makes it the most convenient one we could find for our family. I also find the design of the camera really sleek + modern, and it fits our home decor perfectly.

Update: just checked + it’s $30 off on Amazon right now!

When I look to the future, I am so excited about what’s to come. I really am. Newborns are the cutest, but, man… that stage is hard. So is pregnancy, childbirth, and all of the hormones that go along with this entire time in your life. It’s the most incredible journey, but also such a tough one at times.

I experienced it all, twice, and am SO excited to experience the next stage of life with my boys. One of more freedom, confidence, peace, and sleep. I hope.

If you also have young children, here are 5 BIG reasons why you should look forward to your next season of motherhood too:

1. time for self-care and the ability to focus on YOURSELF

Isn’t it a wonderful feeling to be able to find yourself again? I’ve started getting a glimpse of this lately, now that we’re out of the infant stage and that Liam is in school for half days. I’ve started rediscovering my hobbies, getting ready in the mornings (what a boost of confidence, by the way!), and going to blogger events. It’s a great thing.

2. Less micro managing, more freedom for the kids, more fun for everyone

I always say that I can’t wait to be that mom who, from a short distance, watches her kids play independently at the park or at the pool. The kids crave that kind of freedom, and I am really excited about no longer having to micro-manage for safety. It’s the cause of a lot of anxiety for me (birthday parties with two kids under 3 was so tough!) and I just can’t wait to experience all of these moments differently, with more peace + tranquility.

3. Rediscovering your relationship + finding balance in all areas

Joe and I have started focusing more on US (we’ve been enjoying our time together at night watching our shows and getting dinner here + there.) Having kids takes a toll on your marriage at times. It can be really overwhelming. We’ve always made it KEY to communicate and make time for our relationship, but we both know this will only get easier as the boys get older.

4. No more diapers!

Must I say more?!

5. Kids growing up, focusing on communication + deep connection, and enjoying the present moment

Finally, getting to experience life with my two growing boys is probably what I look forward to most. Liam is a young man now (it’s crazy!) and I have been loving our deep conversations and building our relationship. I’m excited about Noah following in his footsteps, too. It’s just a magical thing to feel so fulfilled and happy with how your life is. I’ve never been happier than I am now, with our little family, and it makes me even happier to think of all the memories that await ahead. What a beautiful adventure motherhood is!

What are YOU most excited for in your next stage of motherhood? Please share it with me in the comments below 🙂

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Johanna Riehm teaches in the department of Communication and Media at Manhattanville College and in the department of English at Mercy College. She teaches courses in the history of communication, public speaking, and social media, as well as creative and technical writing workshops. Johanna’s work has been featured in Graffiti Literary Magazine, The Write Place at the Write Time, The Bangalore Review, Cactus Heart Press, and the LaMothe Review. She is working on her first longer work, a creative nonfiction novel called We Carved Our Names in Tamarind Trees.

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