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Self-Care When You Need It Most

I need to take my own advice and take some time for self-care this weekend. A year ago this coming week we had a miscarriage and it’s hitting me really hard now. We weren’t very far along and didn’t plan for this baby but it still meant the world. My daughter was so excited to be a big sister. But when I started getting cramps and spotting my heart sunk. I knew I was going to lose the baby. It was a really difficult time and a year later I am still struggling. But this past week or so has been really rough. I know this means I need to slow down and take time for myself. I won’t over schedule myself during the weekend. Also, I will allow myself to sleep in and not feel guilty. Maybe I’ll paint my toe nails or use my body scrub for a little spa like experience. Journaling would be perfect for this so I can reflect back on this past year and how I am doing with all of this. I had to be strong for my daughter and continue doing so. She always talks about how she misses Peanut (our name for the baby while I was pregnant) and how she wishes I had the baby. It’s so sad that I couldn’t give that to her. It’s so upsetting to me that I didn’t get to hold my precious baby in my arms. So I will hold my daughter tight this weekend. I was blessed with one child and she is just amazing and my world. But a piece of my heart will always be with Peanut. I feel like something is missing.

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Self-Care List

  • sleep in
  • take a bath
  • journal
  • snuggle time with my daughter
  • enjoy a glass of wine
  • read a good book
  • allow myself to feel whatever emotions I need to feel

Moms during these hard seasons of your life, take the time to rest and breathe. Enjoy your little ones and enjoy yourself.

Do You Need a Time-Out? Kids Driving You Crazy

Do you ever have those days and nights when your kids are driving you crazy? Believe me, I do too.  In fact, I was having one of those nights tonight.  My daughter is struggling with having a room upstairs in our new home and it’s a nightly battle.  Most nights she just falls asleep while I’m sitting up there but tonight she was fighting it with everything she had.  I think she is having some fears of being upstairs but part of it is a power struggle as well.  She cries hysterically and I yell and on it goes. So I give myself a time-out instead of giving her one.

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I always thought that I would be a calm mom.  But I’m not.  My daughter is just like me so she knows just what buttons to push.  Some intentional and some not.  Especially when we are both tired and she is whining, I just lose my cool.  So what do I do?  I let her know that mommy needs a time-out.  I need to step away from the situation and regain my composure.  I’ve tried to teach my daughter that it is best for the both of us if I walk away for a few minutes so I can calm down.  I’m hoping that it will help teach her how to regulate her emotions eventually.  We are both incredibly emotional girls and I know that she feeds off of my emotions.

Some days she understands that I need a few minutes and we both calm down and talk about what happened.  Other times, like tonight, she is already very upset and it doesn’t work as well.  I lost my cool tonight and I hated it but tomorrow we will start again.  I always let her know that even if I am mad, I love her very much and nothing will ever change that.

This post is very hard for me to write because it leaves me vulnerable.  It’s so easy to portray our lives as perfect on social media but I aim to help other mothers.  So to help other moms, I will let you into my life and show you my imperfections as a mother.

So please know that if your kids are driving you crazy that you are not a failure as a mother.  It happens.  Just give yourself a time-out and come back as a more peaceful mom.  I promise you it will help.

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Stressed Out Momma?

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Are you stressed and overwhelmed?  I know I am most of the time!  That is one reason why I started this blog.  I really want to help moms like me take time for themselves.  Most of the time I will be sharing tips on how to relax but I also like to share other content that you may enjoy.  Let me know how you like these articles and also if there is any topic that you would like me to write on.

New Study Says Moms Are More Stressed While Dads Have More Fun

I don’t know if dads would agree, but it’s definitely worth a read.

Stressed out Mom Saved by Generous Parking Lot Grandma

This is just the sweetest story!

Mom Sees Stressful Day Through Eyes of Toddler Who Thought It Magical

I love this article because really helps put everything in perspective.

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So mommas, what do you think?  Do you think there is a way to change the script and stop being a stressed out mama or do you think this is just how it is?  I would love to hear your opinions on this.