Am I Mommy Enough?

Some days in Mommy Land are absolutely stellar.  On these days I actually accomplish some of the tasks on my to-do list, while happily engaging my lovely daughter with big smiles and even bigger laughs.  I cherish the cuddles, fully embrace the moments of just being with my child, and at the end of the evening the new recipe I tried is heartily devoured by my toddler and husband.  I feel balanced, successful, and like I can conquer the world. I feel so good that I might even award myself an imaginary gold star for achievement, LOL.  I go to sleep with all sorts of happy thoughts, believing the following day will be just as positive.

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Monday Motivation: Don’t Quit

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”Nelson Mandela

When my daughter turned 6 months old I decided it was time for me to make a greater commitment to exercising.  Between nursing, walking, and generally leading an active lifestyle I’ve lost quite a bit of pregnancy weight, but I have a very specific goal in mind that requires an extra push. I’ve been diligent in sticking to my new fitness regime, and my confidence grows with each passing day.  Encouragement and accountability goes a long way during this process, and I’m fortunate enough to have an incredibly supportive husband, and several friends who help me stay motivated.   However, Saturday was a day I felt alone on an island.

I was gearing up for my workout, but I was having the hardest time staying focused.   My hubby was supposed to be enjoying his alone time while my baby slept, but she had other ideas and the interruptions seemed endless.  I couldn’t concentrate and I felt mentally assaulted.  I’d done this particular routine before, but it took everything in me not to push the “stop” button and throw in the towel. I finished for the sake of saying I finished, but the sweat and shortness of breath didn’t make up for my lack of effort.  I felt defeated.  In an attempt to shake the negativity, I searched for pictures or quotes that would lift my spirits and keep me positive about the outcome of my next day of training (today).  This is what I found: 

It’s so simple, but the Lord knew what I needed to hear in that very moment.  Here I was beating myself up for a sup par performance, but I was missing the point.  There are bound to be days like this when you’re making steps toward achieving any number of goals.  Days when you hit a wall and think you’re only option is to hold a pity-party fueled by self-loathing and doubt.  Days when you think quitting is better than failing.  Ahh it’d be so much easier to give up wouldn’t it?  But would you really be getting what you want?  

Whether your objectives are related to health, finances, relationships, whatever, give yourself the opportunity to “try, try agin”!!  

Philippians 4:13 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                            
 I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

 WHAT HAVE YOU GAINED THROUGH PERSEVERANCE? 

photo credit:mensfitness.com

Let’s Celebrate!

Every 4 years an event takes place that captivates audiences from around the world.  The 2012 Olympics have finally arrived and we’re all abuzz with Olympic fever.  My excitement was solidified after  having the opportunity to attend the final day of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Trials, and although on vacation (pictures coming soon) you better believe we’re watching what we can!  You may tune in for the extravagant opening ceremony, the unification and pride displayed by your fellow countrymen, the intense competition, unfolding of heart-warming stories, or to see what lessons can be learned.  There are various reasons that explain why we’re so drawn to this occasion, but the sure thing is that we love to celebrate extraordinary achievements. It’s wonderful, but what about celebrating the small, seemingly insignificant accomplishments of our daily lives? 

As the mother of a 4 and a half month old, I am thrilled with every subtle nuance, growth and change in Alexandra’s development.  Oh the milestones are endless (first poop, first smile, first bath, rolling over, lifting her head, sleeping thru the night, etc.), and I love recording them because they mean something to me.  In all the wonder I see in her, I’ve realized I have a thing or two to be proud of as well!  So I’ve decided to list some of my accomplishments in motherhood, not with the intent of rubbing anything in or making someone feel bad, but simply as a reminder that it’s OK to give myself a pat on the back!  Here are some of the reasons (so far) why I should be a candidate for the mommy gold:

  1. I gave birth!!  After carrying this little one around for 39 weeks, 6 hours of intense labor, and an emergency c-section, she’s here!!
  2. Nursing exclusively.  She will take a bottle (for the most part, lol), but after a challenging start we’ve found the groove!
  3. My first major solo trip to the grocery store!  I was scurred, but we made it. 😉
  4. Going for a walk at least 2-3 times a week.  Soothes baby girl and eases mommy’s mind too.  Plus it’s the perfect opportunity to commune with the Lord!
  5. Taking a shower every day and applying some make-up too!  I love the little stinker, but she’s not going to derail my hygiene routine. Hahaha.
  6. One-handed multitasking.  Maybe it’s eating, cleaning, or typing (like I’m doing now!), but who knew I could do so much with 13 lbs 30z in my arms?!
  7. Road trip!  Hubby+baby+7 hours in the car.  Hollaaaaa!
  8. Parting with her at night so she can sleep in the crib in her own room.  Sniffle.  I’m fine, really, but you can read about it here.
  9. Universal Studios.  Nuff said.
  10. Nursing while walking around Universal Studios.  Ergo baby carrier, I salute you!
  11. Date night with the hubby.  We’ve had 2 so far!!
  12. Losing 3/4 of my baby weight and for the most part feeling confidant where I am now!  Got some new clothes, and I’ll let you know when I hit the goal of wearing my wedding band again.
  13. Changing her diaper any and everywhere. I’m also getting pretty good on my lap.
  14. Maintaining some level of consistency in my prayer life and study time.  CRUCIAL!!!!
  15. Getting away for some mommy me time.  A little bit of pampering goes a long way.
  16. Not being so hard on myself when I make a mistake.  Babies are resilient and God knows I’m doing my very best!

It’s your turn!!  What are some goals or milestones you’ve recently recorded for yourself?  You don’t have to be a mom, just willing to give yourself some credit!!  I’d love to hear from you and remember this:

I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NKJV    

I hope you enjoy the balance of your day!!  God bless!