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We all take on the ‘burden’ of running a household and keeping together a family. Whether you are a SAHM or a working mommy (like myself) you need to remember to take time for yourself. There are so many cliches and quotes I could put here. You have to fill your cup before you give from your cup, or something like that…moving on.

Moms are not energizer bunnies

Point is, you will break. If you keep up this momentum of go, go, go without a moment or two to just be you, you will break. Mom will be broken and the family will be lost. Don’t do that! I can be the worst for this sometimes. Sometimes, after work, dinner, bath and bed, then I have to clean from dinner, make lunches for the next day and put away laundry. I might have time to watch an episode of the bachelor that I am 4 weeks behind on. The question is, can I stay awake? Probably not. Or there are times I have school work. (Yes, I am a part time student, you read that right. Ya, I am possibly crazy…) Just thinking about this and writing it is giving me a panic attack.  So you know what? Hire a sitter! Even if your home, locked up in your master ensuite in your bubble bath with wine and netflix on your tablet. It’s ok to ask for help.

I will tell you this, no one has ever been LESS of a Mom because she took time to refill her mental cup, hell even her physical cup. Extra sleep, a pedicure, early bedtime whatever it is that will make you feel a bit more human again. Hire a maid for the day to come do a clean of the house while you go shopping and drop the kids at Grandmas. Heck, put on Paw Patrol and run for the hills, ie: Bubble bath. You won’t look back in 10 years and think “Gee, I wish I hadn’t taken time to maintain my sanity”

You are not a nuisance

I know I am the first to hesitate to call my Mom and ask. I always rationalize “if she wanted to watch the kids or have them, she would call me and ask wouldn’t she?” or “I don’t want to be a burden” or worse yet, you assume that people will think you are not up to the task of mommying. Because you ask for help, you must not be meant for mommying, which is BS and if anyone ever makes you feel that way. Cut them. Out of your life I mean. Obviously.

I have had my neighbour (she is awesome btw and I have mentioned her a few times. Y’all need a neighbour like this) step in and help me on so many occasions. If we ever move, i’ll be interviewing the potential neighbours to fill the spot. But even if don’t have a neighbour to rely on, we all have someone. I have had friends and other mommy acquaintances offer to help. Hey, you need someone to watch billy bob joe while you go to an appointment without a screaming banshee of a child? Call that Mommy. Chances are, she has a baby, toddler, kid etc…. Along the ages that it would almost, most certainly account for a playdate. All you have to do is pay it back. Help each other out and you can create an amazing village of helpers. Because if you haven’t heard, ‘it takes a village’ I would cite that, but who owns that anyways? True as hell though.

Don’t be syphoned

As Moms we tend to just go and use whatever energy  we can muster to tend to the house, kids, husband, errands, work until the sponge that is you, is wrung completely dry and every ounce of energy and motivation. Moms have this title to be the keeper of things and people. It’s a lot to put on one person. Family members all over the world tend to take for granted everything their Mom/Wife does. If Mom stopped cooking, cleaning the house, doing laundry, driving to extracurriculars, knowing where everything is! That’s just to name a few. How screwed would your family be? How badly would the house and the people in it fall apart?

Share the load

As kids start getting older, they can do small chores and tasks. Utilize this and also make sure your partner demonstrates the same. You can’t have your children do their part and not have your partner follow suit. That’s sending the wrong message.

By age 3 they should be able to help out. Get your toddler to help tidy and pick up. Get them to go to each room in the house and pick up all their toys and items that don’t belong in a basket and put them away.

As they get older their ability to help and do more will grow. You can offer incentives, whatever your family believes. Whether a small treat or a few minutes of their favourite show. It doesn’t have to be huge rewards.

The point is, you are only one person. You cannot do it all. I know you are shaking your head reading this thinking I am some crazy lady who has no idea what she is talking about but trust me. I also have a lot on my plate. I am also learning to ask for help. To utilize my village. It’s hard to let go of control and let others in to help. But do it. The more you do, the easier it will become. Set aside Sunday afternoons for you. Or Mornings. Make a date night once a week, or ladies night. Recharge. Love yourself.

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Erin is a full time working momma of 2 beautiful girls located in Canada, on beautiful Vancouver Island.  She is enrolled in college part time and also runs her blog at www.theunfilteredmommy.com
She is a huge wine enthusiast and enjoys dance offs in her kitchen with her family, her momma time of Netflix and chill (no really, just chill) and any free moment to eat all the treats in the house in secret.
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Today my boy is 2.5 years old. And I’ve been crying all morning with no apparent reason. Wasn’t it like yesterday that my husband and I took our little miracle – all bundled up in hospital swaddles –  and brought home. I vividly remember how we couldn’t stop staring at him that first day with admiration and so much delight and some kind of disbelief that he is real. Yes, we are indeed parents. And if we blink now or go away and come back, he will still be here, sleeping peacefully in his little crib, which seemed so huge to us.

And then a swirl of different events started, or how you might call it routine of parenthood. Lots of sleepless nights, diapers, celebrations of every small and big milestones, and so much love and happiness that he brought to our lives.

In a blink of an eye my maternity leave had ended and I realized I just couldn’t leave him and go back to work. This might seem like an ordinary story that almost every new mom goes through.  But each and every one of those stories is unique and brings so much internal struggle, doubts, sleeplessness, until the final decision is made.  

For me it was an easy decision, though. Didn’t I like my job, didn’t I want to go back? I sure did. But I knew that what was more important is that I couldn’t possibly miss any minute of my boy’s first months of life…

Where did all that time go? And today he is already a big, independent boy (yes! 2.5 is big for me, sobbing here again). He can do so much on his own for a 2.5-year-old child. And I understand that the more time goes by, the more I have to lose my control over him. And I so much don’t want to. I still want him to sleep next to me, with his little arms tightly wrapped around my neck; I still want to kiss him million times a day, I still want to carry him around 24/7.

Today we are having a nice dinner to celebrate my boy’s mini birthday and of course a cake. He loves singing and being sung to the happy birthday song and of course blowing out the candles. And I just can’t stop looking at him and thinking how I want to be present, every day, STILL. How I want to do all I can to set him up for the best start possible in his life, meaning sacrificing a lot of my own dreams.

What does it even mean the best start possible? Well, that’s what I dedicated all my time to after quitting my job:  researching and understanding and even starting a blog on main factors that contribute to a child’s healthy development.

So here I am 2.5 years later with the same difficult question of how ever I’ll be ready to lose control over my boy and not want to be there by his side all the time. That’s what I need to figure out for myself. Later! Maybe tomorrow! Now I just want to be here, in this moment of complete happiness watching my boy’s excitement over his birthday cake…

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Hello, I’m Tamara. I strongly believe that for the best start possible every child needs to have access to good nutrition, comprehensive health care, and early brain development; and most importantly all that provided by loving parents. That’s what I blog about at https://www.pomegranatemom.com/.

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Teach.Workout.Love by Teach.workout.love - 18h ago

Being a mom ain’t too bad.

Honestly. Going into motherhood I was terrified. I would be plagued by so many fears and worries that I had a hard time focusing on anything else. In a handful of months I knew that I would be responsible for the health and well-being of a human being.

That’s a huge commitment. Of all the commitments I’ve made in my life, giving life to a tiny person was the biggest and most daunting. I was worried that I wouldn’t be good enough, or that I would somehow “screw” my kid up. What if I wasn’t an affectionate mother? What if my children grew up to resent me?

What if? What if? What if? The what if’s could become awful and once I started down that slippery slope it was a fast drop down. If it wasn’t for my amazing husband I probably would’ve been consumed by these fears and thoughts the entire pregnancy.

But I wasn’t, and I have him to thank for it. In the midst of all the fears I had, I realized that I was really excited about having a baby. This was the opportunity for a new start, to do things that I wish my parents did with me. I realized that in a handful of months I would be able to hold someone and love someone unconditionally without feeling judged. I would be raising a baby who’s future is wide-open for him or her to do with as they please.

While it hasn’t always been sunshine and rainbows, or at the very least smiles and laughter, every moment as a mom has been a unique experience that I cherish daily. From the first moment I held our son I felt an instant burst of emotions. There was a sudden rush of love and excitement and just joy. This joy remains present every single day.

It’s there when I first wake up and see his smiling face. I feel it again when I watch my husband playing with our son. I’m reminded of it when I use thoughts of his smile to brighten my day at work. It embraces me when I walk through the door and hear his laughter or his cries.

When I look at pictures with our son in it I feel as though my heart just swells with love from the happiness and life shining in our son’s eyes. Being a mom can become confusing, tiring, challenging, but overall amazing.

Everything is new and different, and while there are many tutorials, books, blogs and guidelines to follow, being a mom is whatever you make of it. As cliche as this might sound, the journey of motherhood is an individual road. There’s no one way to do everything, and as a mom I’ve realized that I need to do what’s best for my baby and family.

I have loved every moment of the last 6 months. While I’m not a perfect mom and there’s still a lot for me to learn and discovery, I’m excited for it. Being a mom is amazing, and it’s one of the best things to happen to me.

About the Author

I’m a blogger of parenthood and an advocate for mental health. My motto is to Live, Laugh and Learn! In addition to being a momma with a 6 month old son, and new to the blogger community, I’m an aspiring author and hope to publish my book in 2018! Follow us on Instagram @smithhouseholdblog for updates of our little family. 

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Your Heart Doesn’t Divide, It Multiplies

I remember vividly being pregnant with my second son and although he was desperately wanted, I remember worrying that I wouldn’t be able to love him as much as my first. There was this little bit of me that worried I had a finite amount of love. That they would have to share my love 50:50. This made me feel awful, it meant my first son would feel less loved and my second son would never know the true capacity of my love.

Except when it came to it, I found out it doesn’t divide, it multiples. Now four children in, my heart went from having a capacity of 100% to 400%. That means I love all four of my children the same. It is an amazing feeling. I found that having my heart and love multiply for my children has given me a greater ability to care for others too. It has made me a better person and having children is the greatest lesson in how to put others first.

It Gives You Super Powers

I am generally not the best at staying calm in an emergency situation, or at least I never used to be. I have four boys and there have been lots of emergency situations from broken legs, to head wounds. I can not deal with blood, poop or vomit, unless it belongs to one of my kids. That’s kind of a super power, right?

My ability to stay calm is something which has definitely developed since having children. When my son split his head open, there was so much blood. Instead of panicking, I felt a calmness and a clarity come over me. I knew exactly what I had to do. Stop the blood flow and put pressure on the wound. Check how big the wound was and get medical help. I was able to do this and the paramedic said my quick thinking had helped him to not lose too much blood. I don’t think I would have reacted this way had I not been his Mum.

It Always Shows Up When You Need It

Ever have those days when you think if Motherhood was a regular job, you’d be handing in your two weeks notice? I do. More often than I would care to admit. I get too snappy, short tempered and overall not a very nice Mama. Just when you hit breaking point and you think you can’t go on anymore. He jumps up on my lap and burrows his head into my armpit and right there and then I am flooded with the love I need to see me through.

You know how after a long day when you have been counting down to bedtime and they are finally asleep and you look at them all peaceful. For a moment you want to wake them up and tell them one last time how much you love them. Your patience gets depleted but your love is always there to save the day.

It Gives You Strength You Never Knew You Had

Since having children there has been one thing that has shocked me. How my love for them often finds me doing things I wouldn’t normally dream of doing. I don’t just mean having my face painted at a kids party or dancing along as the Minions sing ‘Happy’. For me it has been more about how I have stepped out of my comfort zone and asserted myself. Having children with additional needs means I have had to find the strength to fight for them and to be their advocate.

This has meant, getting past my fear of not being liked or coming across as rude or pushy or sometimes even worse, a neurotic mother. Making sure my boys get the help and support they needs means going way out of my comfort zone and has meant being that Mum that keeps on knocking on that door till someone answers. I would never do this for myself, but for my boys I would do it a million times over.

In The End

Motherhood has taught me so much about love. Giving me a greater understanding of the complexities of it. It has made me understand so much about myself too. I am thankful for all the lessons I have learnt and I hope as I keep growing through my Motherhood, as my children become teenager and adults, that I will continue to lead love lead and guide me.

Is there anything that you feel Motherhood has taught you about Motherhood? Or anything you feel you learnt about love from your own relationship with your parents/carers? I would love to continue the conversation on Twitter or Instagram.

Much love and many Thanks

Cherie

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I am Cherie, I am a stay at home 32 year old Mother of Four boys. We live in Birmingham in the UK. I blog over at http://www.mymamamusings.com and I blog about life with four children. I write about Autism, Speech delay and developmental delay as well as trying to learn to be more minimal and grow as a Mother and a Person. I am on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all under the name @mymamamusings.

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Being a mom comes with so many trials and challenges, but it comes with some pretty phenomenal perks too. Before becoming a mom I was always pretty chill (Read: “Lazy”). I was never a go-out-and-do-something person. My idea of a good time was chilling at home playing games or watching Netflix. And don’t get me wrong, there is still PLENTY of all that — if you count watching Paw Patrol and running around the house. But being a mom has changed how I look at a lot of things, how I look at my relationships and how I look at myself.

So my Mom Love post is about how being a mom makes me see the world.

How I Look At Myself

I’ve got postpartum depression, and though that really sucks, it has helped me evaluate the important things in my life, and made me cherish those things. I have a fantastic 21 month old, she’s clever, funny, and has the energy of someone who just chugged like… 5 energy drinks. Even though PPD has been hard, and sometimes I don’t have the energy to buck up and get out of bed, I do it for her. She pulls me out of the deepest holes with one smile. A single kiss from her makes me feel like I can carry the world.

She makes me see myself as someone more capable, even though it feels like when the world looks at me I’m floundering. My daughter makes me believe in myself. I’d never thought I could be anything more than a minimum-wage employee working a thankless retail job. She makes me feel like I can do things, accomplish things. So I’m starting to dream. One day I’ll be successful, run my own business, be my own boss.

How I Look At My Time

In the beginning it was definitely more difficult to manage my time. After all, a baby is a huge life changer. As time went on I learned to adapt. I needed to learn to prioritize what was most important to me. Top of the list is spending time with and taking care of my daughter of course; but I learned that I needed to put myself up there too. Before I had her I never really thought of myself as a priority, and would always bend over backwards for other people, doing things that I didn’t necessarily want to do. Now that my free time is a bit more limited I’ve been able to stick to doing things that I want to do. I began pursuing hobbies that I ‘never had time’ for before her.

How I Look At My Relationships

I am the only one out of my friends with kids, so other than my cousin and sister who had babies this year, I don’t have any friends in the same boat. You really learn who’s sticking with you after you have kids. The friends who have no kids, but will still at least pretend to be excited when you tell them “Oh my god, my kid did the FUNNIEST thing yesterday” are the keepers. The friends that you talk to that can’t seem to wait to change the topic? Not so much. Friendship is strange that way, it can be a bit superficial, but there are those keepers who are going to be with you until you’re all old and look like shar-pei puppies.

My relationship with my husband has become so strong. Though there were definitely some trying times when we were both sleep deprived, we’ve come out stronger and more determined. We’ve started making time for dates, we’ve started working on a personal project that we’ve been talking about for at least 4 years, and we have both been cheering each other on in trying to establish new good habits.

My relationship with my mom has really blossomed after parenthood. I feel like no one that’s experienced being a parent will ever know just how much their mom loves them. My mom and I started spending a lot more time together, and she opened up about a lot of things from when my siblings and I were kids. My step-dad has been in my life since I was 3 and this year I’ve finally started calling him Dad instead of just his name.

How I Look At The World

The world is simultaneously amazing and terrifying at the same time. It’s terrifying because you start getting more scared about pedophiles, kidnappers, murderers, assaults, bigotry, political horrors, OH MY GOD WHAT KIND OF WORLD IS MY CHILD GOING TO GROW UP IN??! But then you also see kindness, people holding doors, offering to help, smiling and making silly faces just to see a kid smile. You see people fighting for good things in the world and it brings you hope that those scary things might be a distant memory when your child grows up. Before I had my daughter I let myself be blind to a lot of what went on around me, but I can’t afford to be blind anymore, I can’t afford to be complacent, not when I can raise her to be one of the good, kind people in the world.

My daughter has made me see a world of endless possibilities. How do your kids make you see the world? How much have you changed as a person since becoming a parent? What do you love about being a mom?

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Michelle is a stay-at-home mom with ambitions of grandeur. She spends her time hanging out with her toddler and husband, writing, illustrating, and being a geek. She blogs about parenting, crafts, and geek stuff.

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Have you noticed that many children are picky eaters? It all changes with age but most kids have a specific type of food that they like to eat often and then don’t tend to veer easily off of that path. It is important for children to have a balanced diet and when they are not eating vegetables or meats, they are limiting their ways to grow. A good way to curb this behavior from picky eating is to counter it with a vitamin.

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Vitamins are important for all kids in general but extremely important for kids who are picky eaters because they are always lacking some sort of vitamin that is needed for them to grow. Kids are growing at rapid rates and in order to get all the vitamins they need daily, they need an extra supplement.

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    When I was shopping for amber teething necklaces, I saw many different ones. Some were darker than others were, and some were cheaper than others were, so I didn’t really know which one to choose. All I knew was that I wanted it to work.

    With all of the different ones, I felt that I needed to research it a bit more. I turned to our trusty information king – Google. I found that there really are many different kinds of amber teething necklaces. What was most important is that there are ones that are effective, and then ones that aren’t at all.

    I am so happy I didn’t waste my money!

    While there are many amber beaded necklaces that work, ones made out of Baltic amber are the best. These beads are made from amber (fossilized tree resin) with a high potency of Succinic Acid. This is the all-natural treatment oil that is in the beads. When someone wears the beads against her body, the body heat releases the Succinic Acid which then seeps into the skin and into the bloodstream.

    The trick to buying a quality amber necklace is to make sure the seller sources its amber from a Baltic area of the world. Lithuania is one of the best countries to get it. I looked up sellers who source their amber from that country and found https://BalticWonder.com. I was surprised that their prices weren’t high, so I decided to buy one for my baby. She had just started teething, and I was miserable.

    It didn’t take long to receive the necklace. It just three days, it was in the mailbox ready for me to put it on Belle.

    My first impression of it was that it was really lightweight. This was interesting to me since you would think that quality amber would be heavy.

    The color was really fascinating. When I held it up to the light, the beads seem to glow.

    I decided to put the necklace around Belle’s wrist because I am one of those paranoid moms. I didn’t want her to strangle herself with it. She didn’t notice it was on her wrist, so I was happy about that.

    It only took a couple of days before I saw some changes in the way she was acting. She definitely wasn’t as miserable as she was before the necklace. She also didn’t have the fever, drooling or pain she had before. As the days went on, she just seemed happier and happier. It was great.

    Baltic for the Win

    I would say that the Baltic amber teething necklace was effective. I wouldn’t suggest getting others since you never know if the one you get will be strong enough to help. Since the research says that Baltic is the best, I’m just going to stick with that.

    If you’re dealing with a moody baby because of teething, I recommend the necklace. You can of course use it on other areas of the body, such as the wrist or ankle. And you don’t have to give your baby Motrin and Tylenol all of the time. It’s really a great natural remedy that you should try.

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    Let’s be real moms, the headline of this article has really drawn you in. You are as messy as it comes when trying to travel around with one bag and a stroller. Who can really fit everything in one bag? You sure can! But it is messy, literally cannot find a single thing unless, yes, unless you dump the entire thing out. And that is usually on the floor.

    Yes – that’s us moms.

    So, let’s get serious here. You need a stroller organizer. Why do they not sell it as an add on with every stroller? Did stroller companies believe that one cup holder and one little compartment would help us?! Thank goodness for companies like Merry Milestones  – they get us.

    This beauty is saving mom’s sanity day after day. There are so many amazing pieces to the Stroller Organizer, I am going to list them for you here:

      • Keeps all on-the-go essentials all in one place
      • Comes with a detachable wristlet for extra portability.
      • Keeps drinks at the perfect temperature with two deep insulated cup holders.
      • Pockets that will keep you organized
      • Cell phone pocket
      • Side mesh pockets with drawstrings
      • It can turn into a shoulder bag!

    Here is a diagram that shows all the different compartments for us moms who need extra space!

    You can even watch this video to see how to attach it to your stroller. Not only are these products amazing, but I have also partnered with Merry Milestones to giveaway a Stroller Organizer to one of my readers!

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    Teach.Workout.Love by Teach.workout.love - 2d ago
    Describe yourself and your blog.
    I’m a musician, turned mom, turned MUSIC MOM — I have many years of experience educating, performing, and recording, and since I’ve become a mother, I’ve been creating books and CDs and games to teach small children about music and joyful living. At my blog SongBugs.com, I help fellow moms promote music in their own homes and communities, dancing through every day.
    The best moment I’ve had as a mom.
    To me, my best mom moment is one that is so real and pure and present that it comes again and again and again. It’s the moment my daughter smiles at me with shining eyes, it’s the moment she falls asleep on my shoulder, it’s the moment she stretches out her arms to have me pick her up. (And hey, maybe it’s even that priceless moment she points to a puddle of pee in the carpet, just when I thought she was all potty trained.) It’s not a memory that I try to revisit in my mind — it’s the “now” that I can submerge into anytime I tune in. It’s those moments I used to look forward to, before I was a mom, and now I have the opportunity to not take each little moment for granted. It’s realizing that all of a sudden I actually am a mom, and now through my child I have access to a special treasury of love.
    Advice I can give to other moms.
    Listen to your child. They want to listen to you as well, but they can only do what they see modeled. If you crave simple and pure insights and direction in life, the heart of your child can often provide just that. As you create a complete circle of listening, you are better equipped to be your child’s guide as well. And above all, know YOU ARE LOVED. Stop and breathe deeply and create a space where your heart can hear this truth. Love keeps the circle of listening in motion.
    The scariest part about being a mom.
    I’m not “my own” anymore. Sometimes I just want to sit down with my own bowl of soup, but instead I alternate dangerously full spoonfuls with an eager eater and her teddy bears… I do my exercise routine with a little body climbing on my back… Instead of playing instruments on stage, I play The Eensy Weensy Spider sitting on the on the floor with a xylophone… I sit on the toilet while little hands give me shreds of toilet paper to wipe with (yes, potty topics are a theme around here right now)… Now that I’m a mom, I’ve had to learn a new way to feel peace every day. It’s not by pulling away and being alone. It’s by embracing the unit I have with my little one, as long as she’s little enough to thrive with it, and finding more fulfillment that way.
    Stop by and see me!

    I love connecting with fellow moms –please say hello at www.songbugs.com! I’m always open to hearing what makes you dance, and as a songwriter it’s a blast to receive requests on new topics for kids’ songs! Let me know how I can help bring music alive in your home and community.

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    This is my story on how I used Hope and the power of positive thinking to achieve my dream.  Have you ever wanted something so bad that you literally thought about it nonstop? You would think about it when you went to sleep and it was still on your mind when you woke up in the morning. This could be that one thing that your heart truly desires.  It could be a goal, dream, or achievement that you want for your life. It could be a change in your life that you desire. It could be anything. For me this dream was to have a baby.

    A little secret about myself

    A long time ago (at least it feels that way) I decided that I wanted to have a baby. I was married but we had not started a family as of yet. Without going into too much detail about it all, I was having some fertility issues stemming from a small tumor on my pituitary gland which was causing havoc on my reproductive system.  After 3 years of no luck I was getting hopeless. I put it in God’s hands at this point. If I was supposed to have a child then it would happen at the right time.

    The thing is, I knew that I would have a baby at some point. I just knew. So I decided to take it upon myself to help it happen faster. I started to prepare for a baby as if I was already pregnant. I bought baby clothes, diapers, wipes and everything under the sun that you could need for a baby. I even put a crib on layaway. When the lady at the store asked when the baby was due I just casually told her that I wasn’t even pregnant yet and that I just like to be prepared.  She looked at me like I had said something  ridiculous.  Ok, I guess it was ridiculous but at the time I was on a mission.  It was kind of entertaining to see people’s expressions when I told them what I was doing.

    I have always been organized and liked to plan ahead but this was short of being silly. Plus I’m not the kind of person that takes no for an answer, especially something that I wanted so badly.  I was going to make this work and nobody could stop me once I had the intention set in my head.  I still remember my husband looking at me funny as I hauled in loads of baby toys, bottles and receiving blankets and carefully organized a closet to contain my future baby’s stuff in our extra bedroom that would be made into our nursery.  He was used to my weird personality traits and ideas by this point and didn’t even give it a second thought. I’m actually not sure if even he believed as strongly as I did that this would work.

    How does having hope play a part in this?

    It is called The Law of Attraction which is most commonly known as the idea that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life.  For example, I could sit in my bedroom and cry myself to sleep every night that I wasn’t getting pregnant or I could envision it already being true or happening soon and actually feel the joy and happiness that I would feel as if it had already happened. Having faith and trusting in God that it will happen if and when it was the right time.  I took it upon myself to only focus on the positive and to leave out all the negative thoughts about not getting pregnant out of the situation. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly had my share of sleepless nights and bouts of depression about it before all of this positive energy was put into it. I just simply woke up one day and decided that this way of thinking was certainly not helping me along nor did I want to live in the negative and would rather enjoy the positive so I did just that.  I also had to tell myself that if it was not in God’s plan for me to have a baby then let it be so and help me to be ok with this plan.  Either way I wanted to be happy about the outcome.

    It wasn’t always easy…

    Let me tell you that it was harder to deal with everybody else’s negative comments about it then to deal with the patience of waiting and waiting for it to happen. When people saw what I was doing they would ask, “but what if it doesn’t happen?” or “what are you going to do with all of that stuff if you don’t get pregnant?” I even had one person suggest where to donate it if I didn’t end up needing it.  Really people? Have a little Faith please.

    Fast forward a little bit..

    I  ended up needing fertility meds for a few months and had only one more shot at them because they were causing other problems with my body.  I was on my last dose of Clomid and was told that we would have to try InVitro if this last round did not work.  My husband and I had previously decided not to go with InVitro if this did not work.  So I was praying that this would work.

    One day as I was talking to my parents at their house, I noticed I was feeling a little on the negative side that it was taking so long.  Maybe I was letting everybody’s comments break me. I wasn’t sure but I didn’t like it. I just sat at my parent’s kitchen table and talked to them about it for awhile with a broken heart.  It was then that I suddenly felt a sense of peace and looked up at my parents just as a huge ray of sunlight shone through the window and radiated light onto my face.  My Mom’s face was priceless. I still remember how her mouth was slightly open as she mouthed the words, “Wow!”  All of a sudden that negative feeling that I had felt only moments ago had all but vanished and was replaced by a new sense of peace and knowing that I had already achieved the dream I had been planning for years now.  My mission had already been accomplished and I had no way of actually proving this except for this “gut feeling” or intuition.  I ended up getting my confirmation with a positive pregnancy test a week later on my 30th birthday even though I already knew I was.

    From what I have learned about Hope..

    You can either focus on all the things that you don’t particularly like about your life and dwell on this everyday which only brings more negative energy to your life or you can focus on the blessings and good things that you want to see more of in your life. Anything that you give attention to grows just like a flower or a tree. You give it love and you will see it thrive.  Give those dreams of yours love and watch them thrive like I did. And life will continue to bless you….

    Ask and It is Given

    “When you give attention to something you desire and say yes to it, you are including it in your vibration.  But when you look at something you do not want and say NO to it, you are including it in your vibration. You cannot exclude anything that you are giving your attention to. “

    By: Lorena Lucero

    Living The Mom Life with Essential Oils

    www.whereareyoursocks.com

    Link to post: https://whereareyoursocks.com/2018/01/21/holding-on-to-hope/

     

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     I am a working Mom/Blogger. My passion is organization and saving money. I am also a doTERRA Wellness Advocate and use my Essential Oils for everything in my Mom Life. Let me help you get your Mom Life organized, simplified and healthy with Essential Oils and lots of organizational printables by taking the “Organize My Mom Life” workshop!

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