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!