I’ve been pregnant for what seems like forever. Although I’ve been carrying my sweet precious baby boy cargo for 26 weeks, I’ve known the joys and trials of pregnancy and childbirth since early 2010. Almost all of my memories in the past 5 years are wrapped in pregnancies, births, diapers and potty training.
With so much of my life being documented through the milestones of my little ones, I often find myself feeling trapped. My identity being defined by first words, first steps, good choices, and successful bedtime routines.
It’s such a temporary time in life, as so many who’ve gone before me continue to remind me, but it’s still so easy to feel stuck. To feel as if I will always be pregnant. To feel that I will always be changing dirty diapers and celebrating potty training victories and struggling to keep the house clean only while the children come behind and create disaster quicker than the fastest tornado.
But I will press forward. Not punish myself for what feels like failure in the proverbial one step forward two steps back fashion.
I will find hope. I will trust the little years will not always last. Aim to treasure the beautiful moments. Give myself permission to cry when I feel overwhelmed.
And vow to remember this time when I felt stuck. And to come back and lend a hand to those who will feel what I’m feeling and remind them through my actions that they can make it. That they will get to use the restroom in private one day soon. That they will not always be elbow deep in diaper changes and spit up. That they won’t always feel stuck.
This post is part of a 31 day movement. You can learn more about it here but the gist of it is that I take 5 minutes to write on a one word prompt that is provided following a theme that I have chosen. My theme is The Mom Life. So every post will center around my life and experiences as a mom and what comes to mind when I think about the prompt given. Hope you enjoy following my writing journey as much as I will love crafting the words.