When I think back on this season of motherhood, this season of my children’s childhood, I know I’m going to remember it like this.
Blurry. Unfiltered. Greasy Haired. Tired Eyed.
I could try to pose and pre-set, and maybe achieve a pretty feed, that thanks to technology will probably be there for me to look back at in a few years. But that wouldn’t match the memories that will be fighting to maintain real estate in my ever-filling brain.
My memories of that cheese crusted still-chubby-for-now cheek squished against mine in elated excitement to be taking a picture with Mama. My memories of that tiny arm reaching around my neck, sticky fingers tangling in my hair as the minuscule muscles flex, forcing my head up and my mouth to smile. Memories of a pure kind of joy that comes from being so unequivocally loved and adored by these little people that carry around such a big piece of my heart.
And why would I want to alter those memories? Why would I want to filter out the cheese and angle down the ferocity of the hug?
These are the little things that make this season of motherhood so messy- yes -but they are also the little things that make it so so special.
They are the things that make it memorable.
So, I’ll keep squishing the crusty cheeks and I’ll keep taking the blurry pictures.
I owe it to my future self to do my best to capture as much crust and joy as I can in both pictures and memories.
Because I know there will come a time, soon, when memories and pictures will be all I have left of this crusty, wonderful season.