My Fellow Moms, YOU Are my Hero’s.     

I don’t think I would have survived this journey of motherhood without all of the support showered upon me by you.  I thought I understood even before my the bundle of joy even arrived that having a child would change my life, but until I was thick in the middle of the experience I don’t think I fully grasped  how my life would change.

This motherhood stuff is hard.

It’s physically hard. There is the challenge of forcing your body to function with little to no sleep for months at a time.  There is the awkwardness of sharing your body with a little person for food and for comfort.  The act of giving birth itself wreaks havoc on your body and the changes your body goes through while amazing, can produce fear and discomfort while you learn to adjust.

Motherhood is mentally grueling.  It’s laborious to learn how to balance all the different hats you must wear as a women (mother, wife, friend, employee) while learning how to care for this new life and still  find time to take care of yourself in the process.  I struggled with this.  I cannot express in words how monumental this struggle was for me and still is for me.

I want to take this moment to thank you.  It is because of you, my fellow moms, that I have survived this journey.  It is because of you that I learn to flourish.  It is because of you that I continue to grow into the Mother I want to be.  You are the ones that walk with me on this journey.  You are the ones that whisper encouragement.  You are some badass moms.

Thank you stay at home mother of 5 who was always around to answer my first time mommy questions, even in the middle of the night because who else do you ask these questions to but someone who has done it 5 times.  If she didn’t have an answer she would help me find an answer.

Thank you, therapist-working mom friend who let me know that fighting with my husband after the babe was born was normal.  NORMAL!  I cannot tell you what a mountain of relief that one little word was to me.  It set me back on track and helped me breathe again.

Thank you breast feeding, working mom friends who encouraged me to keep breastfeeding and pumping.  Who showed me that it could be done for an extended period of time even working full time and traveling.  While I didn’t have to travel, seeing the sacrifices you made to offer this wonderful thing to your children while working full-time was a huge encouragement for me and helped me make it past the one year mark for breastfeeding my own child.

And a huge thank you to the diverse group of mom’s in my online mommy’s group.  You ladies always shout encouragement at one another.  You never balk when the same question is asked over and over when a new mom enters the group.  You help teach each other about not only taking care of these wonderful children in the best ways we can, but you also share how we need to also take care of ourselves.

All you ladies are BADASSMOMS.

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Real Life Heroes

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My some what crazy, funny and dedicated friend Bill is currently participating in a 500K (314 mile) race across Tennessee (Check out their facebook page here) to raise awareness for water safety for a group called Colin’s Hope.  A few years ago Bill lost his own precious daughter, Maddy to drowning. (Remember Maddy’s Book Drive?)  Bill is an amazing person. The strength and drive he possess is both admirable and inspiring and I am proud to be able to call him a friend.  He is a real life hero to me.

Bill started  his 314 mile race on July 10 and 7 hours ago he hit the 250 mile mark. Can you imagine walking 250 miles in 7 days?  I don’t know about you but it blows my mind.  All of Bill’s friend check his facebook page daily for updates about the race.  His Father, who is his pit crew, keeps us updated with wonderful tales of what has been going on with Bill and the race.  (I absolutely adore reading every word he writes.)  The road Bill is currently on has not been without it’s challenges he faces the Tennessee heat daily, swelling in his feet and legs, blisters, being chased by dogs and keeping ahead of “Oprah” (the cut off pace for the race).

I would like to take this moment to send a shout out to Bill and tell him how incredible awesome he is!  Everyone send Bill love and prayers on the last leg of his journey in this race!  And Check out his PLEDGE PAGE at COLIN’S HOPE where you can donate money to Colin’s Hope to raise awareness about drowning. Way to go Bill!  You Rock!  You got this!