You may be up tending to a little one’s high fever, nursing that newborn, or rocking the baby back to sleep. A mommy’s job is never done!

We defend the little ones from monsters under the bed. We refill sippy cups by the low glow of the microwave, and make soothing hushing noises until we are horse.

To every mom who is up nursing a baby in bed while that sleeping husband next to you reminds you life would be easier if you were male – hang in there. Those late nights will soon be just a sweet memory. You will miss that quiet time with your baby. The low sound of their breathing. The hand on your chest slowing opening as they get full and doze off into a sweet slumber.

To the mom who is holding her breath when she hears those dreaded words “mom, mama, mommy” in the baby monitor in the wee hours of the morning. As you stumble to their room stepping on those sharp edges of Paw Patrol cars and slipping on those gold binding books, remember soon they will not call out for you. Right now you are their guardian angel when bad dream storm clouds are raining down on them. You will miss that dramatic embrace when you come into their room.

To any mom who is up in the middle of the night tending to their families needs, enjoy the quiet of the house. Take in the sweet hum of the heat vents, and the dim glow of the bathroom nightlight. Soon the house will be flooded with light and noise will be bouncing off the walls. Meals will be needed, laundry will be reproducing, and that to-do list will need a second page.

To the moms who are up at 3: 00 am, take a moment to breathe in those sweet sleeping faces, kiss those warm foreheads and take a moment to get your fix of Pinterest. Before you know it, those moments will be gone!

Annie Henriksen

My name is Annie. I am the mother of two free-spirted kids, a freelance writer, and the face behind Laughter and Kisses is all about filling your home with love and laughing instead of crying over those hard-parenting days! I spend most of my day chasing after these two blurry lightning bolts, I call my children. If I didn’t have my hands full enough with sippy cups and sticky mystery items, I am also on the board of directors of two non-profits. I am a freelance writer for multiple parenting websites; including Her View From Home and That’s Inappropriate. I have been honored to be featured on such sites as Romper, Pop Sugar, and Mummy Pages-UK. I’m not going to lie, I consume a massive amount of coffee each day just to keep up with life. Even though my days are jammed packed, I would not have it any other way! At the end of the day, after all of the struggles, I kiss my kid’s good night and it’s all worth it!