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LAMB: Mothering, widely acknowledged as the most punishing yet most fruitful job in the world. I understand why some people don't want children, I used to be one of them. The stresses of parenting are right there, plain for all to see. The tantrums in the shopping mall. The haggard, sleep-deprived looking woman with one child on the hip and the other tugging on her tracky dacks demanding ice-creams and toys and trips to the moon. And the mess! Oh the mess!  Why would anyone put themselves through that? It's impossible to explain to someone who doesn't have children and I wouldn't waste my time trying. Everything that makes it all worth it is so intangible, it exists purely on an emotional level. All I know is that I'm a better person for having known you my Lamb, you came screaming (literally) into my life and turned my world upside-down. And the love! Oh the love!

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  1. YES to all of this! Sometimes the impossibility of doing anything creative (or even reading) for more than 5 minutes at a time or seeing cleaning undone literally the second it is done is so hard. But I wouldn't change anything and it makes me so proud to be part of this community that are determined to document and photograph and write, even if what we manage feel like tiny squares they are making a great picture. I am so impressed by the daily quality of your photography despite being so pregnant and chasing a tot. That was me last summer, still fresh in my mind!

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  2. Oh I TOTALLY understand this!!!

    Cute picture too. :-)

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  3. You are so right! But every second of it is worth it.

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  4. These same words could have come from my mouth - you said it perfectly! The LOVE is the best part.

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