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I know a lot of moms love the newborn stage and say it was/is their favorite.
I’m happy for those people, but I wasn’t one of them.
I was so exhausted (and I really really don’t do well on that little sleep), my boobs hurt, I was sore from pushing out a baby. And while I did love smelling her newborn smell and having snuggles 24/7, it wasn’t my favorite stage.
I’m really loving this stage. Everyday Von is learning new words and new things. She loves to have dance parties and snuggle in the morning. Her favorite thing in the morning is to go to the fridge, try to open it, and ask for chocolate 😂 girl, I got you. Just after we we breakfast.
I love how she smiles at me, hugs me, and gives me random kisses. I love that she falls asleep in my arms for most naps and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
We read books and dance and laugh a lot. We also both cry sometimes.
Today we played with this little dog we have. I would chase her with it and say “woof woof woof” and then she would say “woof woof woof” as she ran away laughing.
I really struggled in the beginning of being a mom.
Now I'm trying to enjoy this stage that we’re in and that’s my goal for every next stage of life.
There are hard and beautiful parts of every stage, and I want to be better at seeing more of the good.
Mother's Day is fast approaching, and I'm joining up with JustRead Publicity Tours to tell you about a great gift for Mom this year! Keep reading for more info on a special ebook price to make your gift giving even easier AND a book club kit giveaway!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Brave Art of Motherhood: Fight Fear, Gain Confidence, & Find Yourself AgainAuthor: Rachel Marie MartinPublisher: WaterBrookRelease Date: October 9, 2018Genre: Christian Living/Women's InterestFull-time FindingJoy.net blogger, speaker, marketer, podcaster, and single mom of seven, Rachel Marie Martin presents a wake-up call to those of us who have found ourselves stuck in the 'I'm just a mom' phase of life. Yes, this book is about motherhood . . . but really, this book is about finding yourself again and following your passion WHILE being a mom. Inspired by her incredible story, Rachel's words always come straight from the gut; they are visceral, real and soul searching. She challenges you to find the courage to break cycles, to take off masks and not let fear take control. This book is a balance of tough, "no excuses" ways of approaching life, while allowing breathing room and grace for yourself, for as we all know, life and mothering are not perfect.After inspiring and conversing with thousands of women, Rachel has surmised there is always a reason to hope, to move forward and a reason to dare doing what you thought was impossible. (Yes, including what you are skeptical of accomplishing right now). She encourages you to say yes to your dreams and stop waiting for "someday" or "one day" or "when something happens".Prepare to change the way you think about yourself and your life. This will be a book you read over and over armed with a highlighter in one hand and a journal for introspection in another.PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Christian Book | Book Depository
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
RACHEL MARIE MARTIN, having pulled herself up from poverty to being named one of Inc. magazine's top 40 entrepreneurs, has been writing Finding Joy full time for several years and writing online for over a decade. Rachel is a single mom of 7, whose experiences range from homeschooling her two oldest daughters from kindergarten through graduation, now being a public school mom of 5. She's the daughter of church planters, a long time housewife and now a professional business woman.She has always had a passion for a daring, adventure-filled life and is often requested to speak and motivate others with her vivacious energy and deep belief that life is a gift. Rachel is also a partner in Blogging Concentrated, the world's largest training and development company for bloggers, vloggers, and podcasters. She travels worldwide teaching marketing, voice, messaging, social media strategy and more.CONNECT WITH RACHEL: blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest
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9 autographed copies of The Brave Art of Motherhood
audiobook of The Brave Art of Motherhood for those who would rather listen in the car
The Brave Art of Motherhood Book Club Conversation Guide
ebook of Rachel's first book, Dear Mom Letters
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This post is not sponsored. I paid for this course and all thoughts and opinions are my own. I'm sharing because it's something that has helped me so much as a mom and I wanted to give you that opportunity as well.As a mom, I want what's best for Von. I want to help her thrive and live her best life and sometimes it can be overwhelming to know what I should be doing every day to help her succeed.I haven't been worried about her development because Von truly is so smart and once she starts or wants something, she goes for it. She went from crawling to walking in just a day because she was like oh, I can walk now and she hasn't stopped since.But there are some things that I haven't really known how to teach her. And one of those is helping her to talk. For a long time I thought that kids just learned to talk, but did you know there are things you can be doing as a mom to help that process even more?I've been following Elise from @huntersofhappiness on Instagram for a few years now. When she launched her course, Talk the Talk earlier this year, I knew it was something that I wanted to buy.You should also know that I am really picky when it comes to parenting books + courses. There is so much information out there that is so overwhelming. I'm also a pretty intuitive parent and don't want to cloud my own judgments and intuition with so much information. But I knew that I wanted this course.
Talk the Talk course is full of tips to help you teach/help your child learn and use language.
I learned so much from this course! The full course (which I purchased) includes 16 videos full of tips and techniques as well as real-life application. Earlier this week they announced that they will now be offering a mini-course at a lower price with the tips and techniques. Which I think is amazing!Taking this course has changed the way I interact with Von, how I talk to her, and I learned so much about what she should be saying at this age and how I can help her to communicate and use language even more.Learning about language and how to use it correctly will set our kids up for success. I want that for Von, but I realized that I didn't know that much about language and speech and communication. I wanted to give her the best and that's really why I took this course.
About the course:
Like I mentioned before, this is a video course full of tips and techniques that you can start using right now to help your child. This course is great for kids 0-3 because even from the very beginning kids are learning and hearing you as you use language. What if you could change a few small things that would make the biggest difference, wouldn't you?I really love this course and it was worth every penny! You can sign up for the course here. Elise is very knowledgable about the subject and you definitely get your money's worth!
The kitchen is clean and everyone is in bed except me. I just felt the urge to write. This afternoon as I was making dinner I couldn't help but think about what I do every Sunday to get ready for the week ahead.We fold laundry that needs folding. I try to tidy up the kitchen and make sure I take some time for myself.Then as the night started to wind down, instead of feeling ready for the week, I felt stress. It seemed like there was so much I needed to get done before tomorrow. But then I realized something.I don't have yo do it all today.I'm tired and ready for bed and the little bit of laundry that didn't get put away can be put away tomorrow. I can finish my mini tidy up in the morning.I feel like there is always going to be something to do, but I can't do it all at once. I need to rest and take care of my body so that I can have a productive week.I am ready for the week, just not in all the ways I had planned earlier. But that's okay, because I'm not Wonder Woman, I'm only human! And now I'm ready for bed.
Sometimes I forget that Von is just a tiny little human. That it's not her fault when she cries or can't fall asleep because she's so tired. She doesn't know how to be a human. She can't talk or tell me what's bothering her or what she needs. Sometimes I forget that she's just a baby and that I shouldn't hold her to the standard that I hold myself or adults. Because when I do that, I get frustrated.
Sometimes I forget that I'm human too. That I do need to rest and recharge and take breaks from things that are draining. Sometimes I forget that I don't have to do it all alone, that I've got a big support system with Griffin, my family, friends, and of course, God.
Sometimes I forget about God.
Tonight a lot of things changed.
The past few nights have been tough since Von will go to bed then wake up an hour or two later and be awake for a couple of hours. She doesn't really want to play and she isn't cranky but she won't let us rock her or snuggle her even though she's so tired and she just cries and cries and cries if we put her in her crib (I'm not a huge fan of the cry it out method.) And tonight as I was trying to get her down at 8, she was already starting to fight it and I got frustrated real fast.
I put her in her crib and she cried and cried and cried and I went and asked Griffin for a blessing. I was praying and praying and praying but I couldn't get over my feelings of fear that Von would be awake until midnight like she was last night and I couldn't let go of my frustrations.
I'm feeling so thankful for that blessing. It was everything I needed to hear and after I was able to go and pick up Von and even though it took a bit to get her to sleep, she's currently sleeping and I'm praying she'll sleep through the night.
But I also realized a few things (and God told me a few things through Griffin's blessings) Being a mom is a gift, one that I take for granted all too often. I need to focus more on love and less on everything else that I've been focusing on.
I'm going to take a step back from social media for a while so that I can clear my head and stop the constant flow of inspiration (and comparison). I'm writing tonight because this is something that I want to document. And essentially my blog has been my journal in the past and it will be more like that for a while.
I don't know how often I'll post, but I know I'll be talking more about the real stuff instead of trying so hard to be that blogger/influencer that I wanted to be for a while. Right now my #1 job is being Von's mom (and my 2nd is writing a book because I really want to do that and feel called to do that.)
Sometimes I forget who I am and what my purpose is in life at this moment. But I want to remember and I want to be better.