Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Embrace Your Awesome

My newsfeed is full of stories about parenthood. It makes sense. I'm a "Mommy Blogger," (or I'm at least trying to be), a Peer Breastfeeding Counselor, and a mom with almost her own baseball team. It makes sense that parenting stories would show up.

But I've been noticing a lot of stories about remembering who you are. Apparently the act of pushing a human through your vagina, strips you of your identity. Who knew?

After you give birth, or bring home your bundle of infant/toddler/child (since childbirth is not the only road to parenthood) you become nothing more than an appendage, and a character in their story.

Which would be true, maybe, if they were the center of the universe. But they're not. No one is. This whole narrative is wrong.

I used to be a girl, that people noticed, for being just me. And I had a personality and interests, and talked about stuff besides boobs and babies, and slings, and the every day annoyances and joys of motherhood.

But I still am. It turns out that there was no drastic change in my DNA when I had kids. It's just my focus changed. But that's a phase of my life, not a fundamental change in basic personality.

I have certainly grown and learned along the way, but I'm every bit as much a person as I was when I had no kids. I'm doing different things, I no longer wonder who I'm going dancing with tonight. I mean, for me that question is answered. I have a standing date for dancing with some very short people around bedtime.

It's a different kind of party, but it's still a party.

I'm still a person. Just a person with less alone time who rarely pees alone.

I don't need to remember who I am apart from being a mom. I just have to embrace the fact that I'm who I am and I'm a mom.

Less "take time for yourself" posts please, and more "You rock, and you've always rocked and should embrace your awesome" posts, please, internet universe.

You should embrace your awesome. And please, if you like my blog, click the link below which registers a vote for me. Thanks. You're the best!
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