Thanks to Charity over at Our Giggles and Grimaces for inspiring us to be proud of our successes. As mothers and women, we don’t brag about ourselves enough. We worry that it will look like boasting, or will intimidate others, so we pretend to be smaller than we are. I’m so glad she’s asked us to hold our heads up high and share the good!
I’m proud of myself for….hmmm…you know what? I’ve faced a lot of adversity in the last three years and I’ve always joked that I didn’t have to do it with grace – that I just needed to survive. But when I look back, I’m proud of how I’ve handled myself. I’ve come through the PPD, the anxiety, the antenatal depression, the baby’s birth, two herniated disc episodes, and the death of two grandparents with composure and introspection. I’ve asked for help, spoken up and called doctors, gone to therapy, and done the work to get better.
As a mother, I’ve made breastfeeding No2 a priority. As long as I believe it’s still in her best interest, I will continue to fight for it. I’ve had to be flexible and adjust my expectations of what breastfeeding will be for us, which has been the hardest part. But I’m making it work.
I’ve coped with No1’s toddler antics calmly and rationally in the last few months. She’s so very three and still adjusting to having a baby sister, so things have been tense. But I believe I parent her with a good balance of discipline and affection.
I went back to teaching lessons 6 weeks after the baby was born. I missed the kiddos and worried they would get behind, but mostly, I did it for me. It’s my “In the Zone” time and I love it. It’s a ton of work to make it happen each week and I couldn’t do it without my awesome family and friends, but I’m proud of myself for being gutsy enough to give it a try.
So there you go. That feels pretty good, actually. Won’t you join us?
Head on over to Our Giggles and Grimaces and link up!