"What a strange time these early years are. You give yourself to your little ones. Your body is no longer yours. Every part of you is claimed by your children. You love them with all your being, and yet, you mourn for the woman you were before, the independence you once had, the guilt-free existence you had no idea you were enjoying and took for granted, the intimacy with your partner, and so much more. There is so much reward in it too, though. Certainly. But it's a largely exhausting time that strips so many parts of us away. The question we wistfully ask, when we look out the window on a rainy day is... what will this person who is me look like, when my children no longer need me, and I can go and pick up those pieces again. Will I be able to arrange those pieces in just the right away, so that I am who I was before? Or will I be a different person altogether? What will that person look like, and be like?
Change never ends. Life is full of transformation and we will never be the same. Not only do children grow and change. The women & men raising them do too. And that's a good thing. It's life."
Words x Elliana Gilbert
Photo x @yourzenmama