A strange thought occurred to me today.  A thought only a mom would have…”I no longer count poop days.”  As I yelled down the hallway at one of my children to let their brother go to the bathroom in peace, it occured to me I haven’t the foggiest idea when was the last time my child had pooped.  WOW! I am at such a different stage in parenting now.

Ok laugh! But you know when you have a newborn you count and mark and calendar the days your sweet baby poops. When my children were babies, I could tell you in an instant how many days (sometimes how many hours) it had been since their last poop.  And I probably could have told you what type it was.  Gross! But so true!

Stages Change

Sometimes as moms we don’t realize how our journey in motherhood has changed until one day we realize we are at a different stage.  When we are deep in one stage, we are consumed by it.  

Knowing exactly how many ounces our baby ate.

Counting the hours of sleep.

Marking and calculating weight gain.

Noting the hours spent on a screen.

The seasons change, the worry is different, but one thing never changes.  We love our kids, we worry about them and we want the best.

Once a Mom, Always a Mom

We will always be their mother. We will continue to count, know and watch our kids as they grow. There will be a time we will look back at a season and realize how much has changed. We will laugh at the things that caused us to be anxious and we will miss some of those sweet moments.

Sweet mama, you won’t be counting poop days forever but forever you will love your child!

What parenting stage are you in right now? Let us know in the comments below!

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Cascia Smith
Cascia was born and raised in the Arizona heat. While receiving her Pre-Med degree at HIU in California, a blonde, surfing, skateboarding boy stole her heart. In 2004, she married Chuck and had many adventures living in Arizona, California and Colorado. They now call Simi Valley home and have three wild and curious children - Becker (10), Bodie (7) and Lyla (6). She has been blessed to be a teacher, summer camp staff/program director, SAHM and now the owner of Ventura County Mom Collective. Playing guitar, writing songs, and reading any and every parenting book helps keep her sane and happy! A good cup of coffee or a bubbly La Croix can usually be found in her hand! She tries to live by the motto "I'd rather recover from failure than live with regret.


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