As parents, we all wrestle with feeling as though there is not an end to the demands we face every day while caring for our children and our home. It can become overwhelming and discouraging as we work tirelessly, only to have the dishes pile up, the toys strewn across the floor once more, and all within less than 24 hours. We ask ourselves, “when does it end?” I promise there is an end, but more vanishes in that moment than we realize.
This post charts the many ways life and even my personality are forever altered from having children. The obvious, ugly truths among the unknown, beautiful reality. It is my hope that any mom who wrestles with similar emotions is reminded of the unmatched beauty in this sometimes difficult season.
Too often our thoughts and spoken words are spent grumbling about what we have. We often can’t see our answered prayers when we begin our day because we wear a macro lens and are focused on the things we wish we could change about ourselves or our lives. We see the endless cycle of housework and assignments as a curse, while others see them as a blessing. It is time for us to take care of our blessings and here’s how.
Something that I have struggled with and have heard other mommas echo, is that our self-esteem postpartum is lower than before we became pregnant. The sad reality can be, while we were comparing ourselves to others before, we look at our postpartum bodies now and we are comparing ourselves to an earlier version.