Thursday, February 20, 2014

Picture Perfect

Laurealism presents:

What you see vs. What you don't see.*

What you see: 
A snuggly little boy, in cuddle mode.

What you don't see: 
This little boy is refusing a nap. I give in, because he is bribing me with hugs (which are usually hard to come by.) Due to lack of sleep, in a few short hours he will terrorize us with a terrifying tantrum-apocalypse because I won't let him pee in the dogs' water bowl.


What you see: 
An adorable, bouncing, baby boy.

What you don't see: 
Said baby boy just got his first tooth at four months. And after a couple of sleepless nights, he still doesn't quite know the difference between a teething toy and say... my nipple.



What you see: 
A rather impressive block-town built together. Because I have all the time in the world to build block-towns.

What you don't see: 
Me, stepping on a triangle shaped block, 5 minutes or so after Henry-zilla terrorizes this humble little town. 
And there are exactly 100 other things I could (maybe should?) be doing instead of playing blocks with my son, but on this particular day I went with the playing because sometimes Mommy just wants to play, too.


What you see: 
A pretty cool fireplace.

What you don't see: 
My toddler picking that sand up. And then throwing it. Also just how terrifying those rocks will be when the baby becomes mobile.


What you see: 
A boy imitating his dog. And it is adorable.

What you don't see: 
The daily fight to convince Henry to wear clothes.
Also: splinters for days.


What you see: 
Two sweet pups.

What you don't see: 
Dog hair everywhere, always.
Missing dinner (I thought I put that chicken right here.)


What you see: 
Two brothers cuddling

What you don't see: 
It's 5:30A.M. and I stayed up way too late with a book because I needed a little me-time and got carried away. And Daddy who is usually the saving grace in this situation has an early meeting. There is likely an iPad hiding somewhere in these covers, which will buy me the time it takes for one Jake and the Neverland Pirates episode to pull myself together. Dry cereal for breakfast, anyone?


What you see: 
A mom who has time to create cute little crafts for her son's nursery school class.

What you don't see: It's 11P.M. the night before. I had to run out to buy these goldfish because I nearly forgot about the holiday party. Also the baby is literally wearing the last of his diapers. Say it with me folks: procrastination.


What you see: 
The whole crew excitedly watching Daddy walk in.

What you don't see: 
How excited I am to put myself in time-out once Daddy walks through the door. 



What you see: 
Children at play. Both children are happy, fed and dressed.

What you don't see: To the left is a seriously messy kitchen. Which will remain that way for at least another day (give or take a week.) 
Also, in a few moments Henry will feed William a pretzel while my back is turned.

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*What's the point of all this?

It's this: I know I am very, very blessed with everything that I have in my life. But, I am far from perfect. There are many things I need more time for, many things I'd like to do better. 98% of the time I am just barely holding it together. If a picture can say a thousand words, a real-life situation can say a thousand more. 

I've read many stats, stories and posts lately on how people are unhappier in general because of social media: feeling they need to constantly compare themselves to other people and their picture-perfect social media lives. 

Friends: Comparison is the thief of joy. 

So I want to be clear: My life is not picture perfect. My social media presence is just me putting my best foot forward, as they say. I'm trying to share and spread my happiness, not hinder yours.

And I will continue to like and comment on and share in all of your picture perfect posts. Because frankly, why can't your happy moments be mine as well?

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1 comment:

  1. Lauren, this is truly lovely. I've seen those adorable pictures on instagram and you're right - it's so easy to just think, how perfect! Thank you for sharing some "behind the scenes" insight and the important reminder that social media, while good for keeping in touch, can suck the joy out of life if we're not careful. A wonderful, wonderful post.
    PS I hope you all are doing well!

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