I think I've experienced true anxiety twice in my life.
The first time was when I was 40 weeks pregnant with Charlie. I was scheduling my induction date, and found out that the doctor on call for that date was the one who had botched my D&E the year earlier (sending me to the hospital by ambulance). Thank you Charlie for coming before that date (and for my favorite doctor being on call.)
The second time was when Charlie was a few days old. Daylight Savings Time had just kicked in, and watching the sun go down sent me into a fit of nerves. Charlie liked to party all night until he was about a month old, and I knew I would be up all night by myself. The thought was terrifying and so lonely...thank goodness I figured out how to turn things around and get that boy sleeping!
Becoming a mother completely changed my life...but it did so for the better, in every way. This past weekend, I was thinking about how much I love the stage my children are in right now. They still need me and love on me, but I don't have to pack the entire house to go out for the morning. (Even though, seeing a little 0-3months outfit this weekend did absolutely nothing for this baby fever of mine.)
I was reading Jillian Michaels' article in Parenting Magazine recently, and really loved what she had to say about being a mother. She said, "...I was learning that parenthood is the great equalizer. Everyone starts as a beginner and improves with time. I have accepted that a part of me (would never be the same) but another part of me was being born. My kids are remaking me into a stronger, more selfless woman-a woman I can be proud of."
Kind of fantastic, right? Even if you're not a mother, I think the point of my thoughts is that each stage of our life will present us with difficulties and challenges, but that we should embrace them with determination..and even excitement.
Happy Monday, everyone! Have the best week!
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