Babies & Motherhood

Motherhood caught me off-guard.

Oh, sure, if you have known me through this journey, then you know that it’s not because we had a surprise pregnancy or an unexpected baby. Just the opposite is true, actually. No, it took years of infertility treatments, miscarriages, and rounds of IVF to conceive.

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But, motherhood rocked my world. It reduced my A-type personality to one that no longer could predict her days, her achievements, or her hormones. It changed my career goals and gave me a strange desire to put down roots and nest versus my teenage goals to travel the world and live abroad with nary a care.

I didn’t have easy births, babies or life circumstances during these seasons. But, I have become part of a growing village that is speaking out, sharing freely, loving greatly, and living transparently.

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Yes, postpartum depression and anxiety are real monsters.

Yes, life is wet, sticky, dirty, messy, chaotic and unpredictable.

Yes, some days I want to give up on my stay-at-home businesses and switch places with my husband with his calm office and reasonable staff.

But, no, I’m not going anywhere.

I’m becoming brave. Braver than I ever thought possible.

I’m finding beauty in the ordinary.

I’m learning how to use dry shampoo with the skill of a trapeze artist.

And, as a birth doula, friend, mama, and woman, I believe in this village of motherhood to get things done and hold each other up when the nights are long and the days are hard. I believe in prayer, self-care, self-love, real foods, chocolate, coffee, wellness, yoga, running, and bedtimes. Oh, and I add to that list on a regular basis, so feel free to suggest new ideas 😉

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