1. Happy belated birthday, HP and mama! That day is yours as much or more than it belongs to him!
    And you’re doing an awesome job, no matter what your brain might try to tell you sometimes.

  2. Damn it! I knew Josh would be the first to comment. 🙂

    Penny you have been an outstanding mother. We have all watched the last two years as you have navigated your journey and if anyone could be named employee of the year for the job you’ve done, you would have nailed it both years in a row. Happy birthday to HP!! He’s lucky to have a mom like you. ❤️

  3. This is an incredibly moving and very relatable post Penny. HP is so lucky to have you as a mother.

    You’ve capture so many of the reflections I feel like I’m going through with my 14 month old. Like you, I never fantasized about a wedding (and certainly not a family). Now I’m going through so many changes on the inside (and my gratitude explodes everytime he belly-laughs uncontrolably).

    I love the short paragraph to your son about the interconnection between time and money. Well said. I wish I could’ve understood such reflections while growing up and I hope I can communicate such sentiments accurately to my son when he misses us at work. He’s getting to the point he notices when his dad leaves. It’s so hard!

    • It is hard. I am dreading going back to work this fall. When my husband’s school year ended, HP sat on the couch at the first morning and said, “Mama. Dada. HP. All home.” He’s done it every day since. We keep trying to tell him that we have to go back to work. I don’t know what the actual answer is, but I know we’re going to be doing a lot of singing Daniel Tiger’s “grown ups come back” line. LOL

  4. I’m so glad you realize all of that, even through frustration and, yeah, occasional jealousy of others (totally understandable jealousy, by the way, if he’s saying thank you to everyone but you). But it sounds like you have a wonderful relationship with your son and that you’ve been able to truly treasure the time you have together, which is the biggest thing of all because time slips by so quickly!

  5. This is beautiful. Having a two year old son (and three month old) of my own, every bit of this resonated. I think I’ve become a lot more emotional since having my babies but your words put me through all of the various emotions. Parenthood really is indescribable. I’ve never loved someone so deeply despite being yelled at, pinched, peed, pooped and puked on…etc. Thanks for a great read.

  6. Just beautiful! Absolutely beautiful. Number 2 is so true. My children help me both reminisce and re-enact. Oh and belly laughs. The only thing better than one of my children laughing is hearing them both laughing like that together.

  7. This relates to what I’ve been going through with TwC for the last three years now. It’s a mix of emotions where it can be frustrating to be a parent but at the same time realizing the early years with your baby/toddler are the most precious. They give us a different perspective of life in that we have a responsibility to raise them to the best of our ability. We look forward in doing that and helping them out to be the best version of themselves.

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