This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of when my wife and kids got off a plane and joined me in Washington. It also marks another year of extraordinary and selfless parenting by Sidney.
For Sidney, almost everything changed with the move. Geography, circumstances, and number of children transformed—but her overflowing mother’s heart did not. The job she has done in between Mother’s Day 2020 and Mother’s Day 2021 is an exquisite work of art.
One of the biggest blessings about moving out west was that Sidney could be a stay-at-home mom. There has been nothing more valuable or precious than Sid being home with Sloan and Beau for most of the day. With that said, most worthwhile things are not easy, and let me tell you, being a stay-at-home mom is not easy.
Sidney is a super mom. She exhibits love, patience, and selflessness every day. In case you didn’t know, a 4-year-old and 1-year-old aren’t the easiest customers. Those are tough ages. With our little ones come an endless cycle of messes, breakdowns, meal prep, laundry, doctor appointments, entertaining, and so much more. From the time I go up to my office in the morning to when I descend the stairs after work it is 100% Sidney managing what at times can be a mad house. It can be exhausting but Sid never runs out of energy.
I am amazed at the schedule she has developed for Sloan and Beau. Although a day in the life of a stay-at-home mom is never predictable, Sid has still managed to work in a routine that goes somewhat according to plan at least a few times per week. Although she showers the kids with many of the loving behaviors I mentioned above, Sid institutes discipline when it is needed as well. You can trust me on that one. At the same time, the rapport with Sidney and the kids is so solid that any hard feelings from discipline are simply fleeting moments within the course of the day.
In the year since Sid has uprooted her life for her family, she has done so much more than just nailed it as a mom. She has thrived in her new environment as she has grown even closer with my parents and siblings, developed a killer gym regimen, made friends, and tried new things. She has made what would be a tough adjustment for anyone look easy.
Thanks for being the best mom, Sidney! I love this life our family has together but it would be nothing without your strength and daily effort. Happy Mother’s Day. Don’t Blink.