My friend, Charity started a blog carnival that is all about mother’s being proud of their accomplishments and celebrating their own individual paths to motherhood. I love this idea. I have spent so much of my early years of motherhood doubting my choices and second guessing myself. I am finally settling into my own as a parent after 4 1/2 years and two lovely little girls later.
I am proud of breastfeeding both my girls for over a year. I wanted so hard to make it to a year, and I nursed Munch my oldest for 14 months. I am currently nursing my youngest Skeeter who is 17 months. Nursing was challenging with both girls. Munch nursed only with a nipple shield; she had a mild form of tongue tie. I had a major oversupply with Skeeter, and she spent the first six weeks gagging and spitting up from my forceful letdown.
I am also proud of pumping at work three times a day for a total of 18 months, combining both nurslings. It was an exercise in time management to make time in my busy workday to generate this milk for my children. I came to see these pump breaks as a respite and some “me” time.
I am proud of being a mom who works outside the home and walks the tightrope of work/life balance. I am so proud of myself for getting an outstanding review during the toughest year of my life. It gave me so much validation that I was still able to function at a high level at work.
I am proud of being a Warrior Mom. I spent last year in the throes of postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety. I did the work to get better. I reached out for help. I sought the help of a therapist and medication to help me get better. I continue to use both my online and in real life social support networks.
I am proud of being the silly mom who loves to sing and dance with her girls. I am proud of the great sense of humor that both my husband and I have that allowed us to navigate this experience together. I am proud of becoming a more empathetic mom and spouse. I am proud of having the courage to ask the tough questions of my husband to assist me in my recovery. I am proud of becoming a better listener by taking my husband’s feedback to heart. I am proud of trying each day to work on patience.
Please join us and tell us what you are proud of.