It is the nature of women and mothers that we are self-deprecating. We often focus on what we do wrong rather than what we do right. So, in lieu of self-deprecation, I will share 5 things that I’m proud of this week for listable life.
5 Things I’m Proud Of
I am proud of many things, but there are a few things that stick out. I should say that these are not in a particular order and while some of these definitely trump the others, I didn’t put them in order of importance.
1. Graduating From College
I’m one of the only people in my family to graduate from college. Both of my parents didn’t finish school, nor did my brother. Many of my other relatives only completed high school so when I finished my bachelor’s degree, it was a proud moment for me. Now if only I could get off my duff and get that Masters done.
2. Surviving 11 Weeks at the Hospital
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know about the twins. We spent 11 weeks total in the hospital trying to ensure we could bring our little ladies safely home, which was one of the most challenging journeys in my life. I spent five of those weeks in a hospital bed and they spent the other 6 weeks in the NICU totaling 11 long weeks in the hospital. It was such a difficult and trying time in our lives with so much uncertainty, but I am so proud of how we came together as a family and made it through and now we’re living all the beautiful chaos that is life with soon-to-be potty training toddlers.
Pray for me.
3. Getting a Celebrity Interview via Social Media
I plan to write another post on this later this week – but I totally snagged an interview with Guy Fieri the Food Network star of Diners, Dives and Drive-ins via Twitter. I kid you not. And I’m not above bragging about it because it was a totally fantastic moment in my freelance career this past year AND it’s a testament to social media that is worthy of a share – which is actually the more important reason I plan to write a post about it. The article just came out last month, so I didn’t feel right sharing about it until after it was published, but yeah….TOTALLY proud of that – I’ll share later this week.
4. Making it through Long Labor and an Emergency C-Section
Giving birth, no matter how you do it isn’t for the faint of heart. My first daughter was born after 31 hours of long labor. She just took her sweet time and after I stopped progressing she needed some coaxing to make it the rest of the way out. Then 45 minutes of pushing and she showed her sweet little face. I’ll never forget how it felt to hold her the instant after she came out and I am SO thankful I have that experience of a regular, non-dramatic birth. It was pure heaven. Even if she took forever to get to that moment….it was pure bliss.
The twins, well, they had their own dramatic, knock-mom-out, delivery. Charlotte decided to have dramatic heart decelerations to the point that my doctor was pulling my bed out of the room himself to go to the O.R. – I knew there was cause for concern when my otherwise engaging doctor who would look me in the eye at any other given moment wouldn’t give me a glance. He had his game face on and he didn’t know what was ahead – he couldn’t guarantee me the lives of my babies and he knew it – so there was no looking my way. That was a scary moment – so making it through all that is something I’m proud of.
5. Making it Through My Childhood
My childhood was less than glamourous. My parents were absent for most of it either in entirety or just in their hearts. They weren’t capable of being parents. My brother and I were bumped from home to home and I’ve had a few step-moms and more than a few places that I called home. I’ve had friends moms take me under their wings and help me through and I’ve endured all that pretty well. The funny thing is, it didn’t get hard until I had children – because then I no longer had the empathy I once had for their plights. But, all in all, I’ve come out ok and I’m better for those struggles and I’m proud of the person that I am.
What moments are you most proud of? I swear it’s ok to brag on occasion – it doesn’t make you a bad person. I will celebrate with you – so share with me in the comments section or link up a whole post and I will come see you at your place!!