As a mother of a 9-month-old, I have become happily accustomed to sleepless nights. My son consistently falls asleep around 7:00 pm and awakes around 6:30 am, but he requires nighttime parenting to fall asleep and to stay asleep.
To the extent that we are mirrored, encouraged and acknowledged for our achievements and our creative pursuits, we are unified within ourselves. To the degree that we are perceived through a distorted mirror, we are torn asunder and may search for approval at a cost to our real self and creativity.
What was I thinking when I thought I could picture a life with my daughter before I met her? Did I really think just because I was her mother I could shape her into exactly the child/girl/woman I wanted her to be?
Why is it that in the darkest of times, we look for the brightest of things? I'm asking because I'm not sure myself--yet that is exactly what I did on the beach, alone with my mother in the April of my senior year of high school.
If Momma were the decision maker, I might have gotten that job offer I lost a few years ago because they thought I wasn't someone who rolled up their sleeves. Didn't they hear me say I started my own award-winning, multi-million dollar agency in the most cut-throat city in the world?
Many moms of families who do not fit the preconceived "norm" may find themselves feeling like the odd mom out, not fitting neatly in with any one social circle. The fact is the things that make us feel different are the same things that help us relate to almost any type of family.
Life is busy. For stay-at-home moms, working moms, work-from-home moms, or any other kind of mom, life is rushing by. If you are like me, you are trying to capture the gloriously ordinary moments in your child's life.