So, here we go. In an effort to always be extremely transparent about my journey (embarrassingly so sometimes,) I will tell you that I’m not a writer or a blogger. If someone would have told me 10 years ago that this would be what I'd be pouring my heart into, I would have laughed out loud. But, like many things in life, they don’t go as we plan and our experiences lead us to new paths and passions. I'll dive deeper into that as I spew, but you probably opened this blog because you too may be on a Postpartum journey - figuring out how to embrace being a successful mom, working in some capacity, and figuring out who YOU are post kiddos. Some of these were written 2+ years ago when I was in the midst of postpartum depression and some are what's happening in my life as we live it. This isn’t a “how-to,” know it all kind of blog, because well, I don’t know it all and have never claimed to. I'm not even on a quest to figure it all out, just literally trying to keep my kids alive and enjoy my life in the process. This blog won’t give you steps on ways to be the most amazing parent, when to start solid foods, how to get your baby to sleep thing (because as I write this, I’m running on 4 hours of broken sleep and letting my child nap way longer than he should so I can have a minute – which, I’ll regret later I know.) This is my life - coping methods for the crazy stuff, sharing embarrassing stuff so you can commiserate, mixed with a little bit of real-life mom humor to try to help keep you sane. For me, the most challenging part of this rollercoaster of raising babies and toddlers is how to stay balanced. I’ve had moments where I love it and many where I honestly really do not like it, only to be followed by the guilt for not always thinking this journey is amazing. I only throw myself out there because sharing is scary and not enough moms share their true feelings about this amazingly terrifying, wonderful, tiring, emotional, possible defeating time in our lives! I want women to feel empowered to share all of their emotions with no judgement – whether you love it or you hate it – and to feel strong in your conviction! We grew tiny humans inside of our bodies and BIRTHED BABIES!!! I have moments where no one can tell me shit because I remember what I'm capable of. I made and delivered two amazing baby boys and now I’m trying to keep them alive and hopefully succeed in life (first things first – alive.) BUT, I also want something that’s mine, something for me. I am a strong woman aside from being a mom. I’m still figuring out how to be all of those things at once, but I’m going to bring you along this process with me. You may not agree with my choices and some of my thoughts may strike you all differently, but I hope something about this inspires you. I hope something about this leaves you feeling stronger, more empowered, and more driven to take care of you so that you can help take care of others. FILL YOUR CUP FIRST!
***As this page is more about empowerment than anything else, and is totally voluntary for you to read (or not), please keep comments positive, kind, and encouraging. We do not all have to agree on how to raise babies or be good moms, but let's all have some compassionate for the fact that we're all just kicking ass in our own ways. NO MOM-SHAMING HERE!