When the days are long and moments are frenzied, my eyes often wander to the unfolded laundry and disorganized closets and messy sock drawers and I start to feel… defeated. I feel overwhelmed and under-performing, as if my motherhood merit badge won’t be arriving any time soon – or any day, for that matter.
And then I mentally reset my mind and realize that, for motherhood, there is no merit badge. Because motherhood isn’t performance-based. It can’t be. There is no measure or metrics system that marks the end of a mother’s job – of a mother’s love. It just is. It just does.
Lately, Bee has been testing the waters (and the patience of her parents!) around the house. From simple acts of disobedience to willful tantrums, we’ve been toying with the idea of beginning a more strict discipline regimen. After all, Bee’s far from an infant at a ripe 15 months of age (where did the time go?).
But how do you know when it’s time to start disciplining your child? Last week, I heard some fantastic advice…
Sugar and spice, and everything nice. That’s the typical girl way, yes? Pink and floral and scented with candy-coated kisses? Not for Bee. Instead, she’s rambunctious and loud and boisterous with a fiery temper and a will stronger than stone.
In short, she’s the furthest thing from what you’d envision a princess to be. But last weekend, she surprised us:
Fall is my favorite season, hands down. The chilly afternoon walks, fireside scents and cozy scarves are enough to make me long for September year after year. But my favorite aspect of autumn? The beautiful, vibrant foliage. The explosion of color is like nothing else, so what better inspiration for baby naming than the multi-colored hues of fall’s leafy trees? Below, find 18 of my favorite autumn foliage-inspired names – from Auburn to Xanthe and everything between!