Momma’s Diary – Take Gentle Care of Yourselves

Yes.  There has been a lack of posting, yet again.  I’m awful.  I know.  I love this blog and am going to try to continue blogging.  But I’m still trying to figure out how to balance blogging, working full time, and being a mother, wife and me all at the same time.  It’s a work in progress.  I didn’t think it would be this challenging (and I’m not complaining about it.  I love my family and my life.), but it can be.  So with that said, along with my last post and my thoughts of finding balance as a working mother, I read something SO comforting on A Cup of Jo‘s blog.  These lines just spoke to my tired body and I knew that I had to be doing something right:

“My own mom often tells me, “Take gentle care of yourself,” which I think is a surprisingly profound thing to remember. Of course, it’s true for everyone, not just mothers. Everybody feels overwhelmed sometimes, and it’s really easy to beat yourself up or put too much pressure on yourself or assume everyone around you has a perfect life. That’s not true, and we should be kind to ourselves and treat ourselves like the sweet souls we are.One commenter last week left a great line: She said, “Bless you new moms. If you’re trying, you’re doing a great job.” We don’t have to be perfect; we just have to be gentle to ourselves and take it one step at a time.”

There’s an unspoken competitiveness between mothers.  I saw it before having Eva.  There’s also a camaraderie among mothers.  I don’t have a mommy support system here in California.  My mother, sister in law, mother in law, or any friends who have babies are all on the East Coast.  So weekly talks with them via IM, video chat, phone, or text message are helpful.  Along with reading mommy blogs.  I think its great that mothers share their experience on the blogosphere.  They’re just like you trying balance everything.  Sharing what works for them and their advice.  Advice that may or may not work for you.  Sharing their parental experiences, both successes and failures.  Sharing their emotions and thoughts about parenthood, both good and bad.  I may not know you (yet I almost feel like I do), but for the mommy bloggers out there, I want to thank you for sharing your life and thoughts with us/me.

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