Averlee took her first unassisted steps last night. She stood up, put her hands in the air, grinned ear to ear, and took her wobbly first steps. It was beautiful. It made me tear up. I was so very proud of her!
I’ve never been one to make New Year Resolutions, but in an effort to organize my life and manage my anxiety, I decided this might be the year to make a few resolutions. One is to work on my own health and fitness (typical resolution… *blah blah*). The other is to live more in the moment and not let myself get caught up in the stress.
I wouldn’t say I’ve taken my time at home with the twins for granted, but I will say I’ve had a hard time shutting off my “working mommy” brain. I began working when I was 17 shortly after I discovered I would become a mom. I was in college and working until Gavin was 4 years old. Then, I began working full time. Those pay checks were so nice, but I was missing out on so much. I missed school functions. I was late for ballgames. I didn’t get to help him with homework or stay home with him when he was sick. I felt so much guilt for missing out and not being present as a mother. I was doing what I had to do to pay off my student loans and save for his college though. I was doing my best.
When Trey and I got married, I quit my great paying job so I could transition into a less demanding work schedule closer to home. No more hour commute. No more business trips out of town. No more meeting clients or co-workers to discuss business over dinner and drinks. It felt like a great move for our family and future kid(s).
The moment Trey and I decided we wanted to have a child, we also decided it would be best for me to say home with him or her. As you know, it took us longer than we had planned to have a child. This made staying home even more important to me. I didn’t want to miss out on all of the firsts! When we found out we were expecting twins, there was no question I would need to stay home! Daycare for two infants would be my entire paycheck! So the decision was easy… I would be a stay at home mom. Easy right?
I love staying home with my twins and having the freedom to be there for Gavin when he has a school or sports event….. BUT…. For several months I struggled with not feeling like I had a purpose. I felt like a good day was defined by me taking a shower AND washing my hair. I constantly had family telling me I needed to “get away” from my kids and go do something else for a day each week. I felt like I wasn’t making a difference. Sure. My kids were happy and healthy, but I always had someone chirping in my ear about things I “should do” or pushing me to leave my kids a few days a week. I felt like I wasn’t a good enough stay at home mom.
It is also important for me to note… I struggled silently with postpartum depression and anxiety for 10 months. I kick myself daily for not reaching out to my doctor for help sooner, but it is what it is. Honestly, it robbed me of a lot of joy. I reached a point where I wanted to completely isolate myself because being around others stressed me out. I’m doing much better now thanks to support from my doctor, friends, my mom, and my husband.
So for 2016, I’m wiping my slate clean. I’m doing what I need to do to grow my relationship with my husband. I’m working on living in the moment and not worrying about what others around me think I should be doing. I spent so much of the twins first year feeling like I had to prove something. I felt so much pressure from others for me to go against what I was comfortable with. I felt like I had to prove that I COULD do this since I had so many people tell me I wouldn’t be able to handle the twins by myself each day. I can. I plan to live in today and handle what is thrown at me… And enjoy each moment. This is MY job. I have 3 kiddos who depend on me, love me, and NEED me. I don’t have to prove anything. I’m good enough. I’m doing the best I can. I’m loving my life and enjoying each day. This life is pretty amazing. Hectic and amazing.