Recently, I have embarked on a quest to simplify my life. I started with spring cleaning and I have felt the fog of stress and overwhelm subside a bit. However, I still feel like I have too many things on my plate and my very mobile almost toddler has needed much more attention. That means there’s less time for everything else.
Proud mama alert: My 11-month-old baby girl has recently taken her first steps! While extremely exciting, this development has opened up a whole new world of hurt—literally. In the few days that she has officially been walking, she’s had two scary tumbles.
Yesterday, April 2nd, was International Children’s Book Day (ICBD). Every year, this special day falls on or near the birthday of legendary fairy tale author Hans Christian Anderson. ICBD "is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books."
I’m sure there isn’t a parent alive who doesn’t feel the guilt of not spending enough time with their kids. I don’t want to speak for everyone, but I know that i am always reminded that work can wait, this precious time goes fast and that I should enjoy it. Can you relate?
Do you share your parenting experiences on social media? There’s a word for that, it’s called “sharenting”. I use sharenting to keep friends and family across the country and even the world updated on my daughter’s growth and milestones. Sharenting helped me keep sane when I needed advice or needed to vent as I was transitioning into motherhood.
Fighting clutter is a never-ending battle in my household. No matter how often I declutter, stuff always finds its way to where it doesn’t need to be. Old mail ends up in piles, that kitchen junk drawer starts overflowing and I can’t find things when I need them.
Parenting is challenging. Not finding the solution to world peace challenging, but more like…it’s actually near impossible to explain unless you’ve experienced it. I read a quote that said, "Having a baby is like losing your leg and winning the lottery.” I immediately understood.
In the poem Harlem, Langston Hughes speculated about what happens to a dream deferred. Hint: It’s not pretty. I imagine the same concept applies to New Year’s resolutions that are forgotten, delayed or swept to the side.
I had grand plans for 2015.
I recently started reading Mom & Me & Mom, one of the last books written by the late, great Maya Angelou. I’ve been a fan of her writing ever since I read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as a preteen. So much so that I named my daughter after her.
Family is important for so many reasons. My fiancé comes from a large, extremely close family. They are there for each other when times are good and when they're not so good. They make it a point to celebrate holidays and milestones. If I'm honest, I was a little envious because I wanted that for my family.