The Joys of Life

Thoughts of a 29 Week mom to be (I’ve given birth since then). I love to be a glowing pregnant woman creating life and bonding with my child. At this stage of my pregnancy I have the typical symptoms. Swollen hands and feet, sleepless nights, food adversions, endless trips to the restroom and so on. But I would not change this for the world.  It is always exciting to learn that a new addition to the family is on the way. But let’s also think about the changes that will occur as well. Sometimes adjustments can be hard but pre planning ahead of time can help make the transition easier. 

We have a 6 year old son who prayed every night for as long as I can remember for a sibling.  He was so discouraged each day when he thought about not having a brother or sister to play with. After many discussions about being patient he finally had some what of an understanding. We are so thankful to have had all our time dedicated to him for the past 6 years because we were able to see him grow into this Pokemon loving kiddo who is very literal. We enjoyed every minute of him being an only child until this year. Now as parents we are thinking about teaching him how to love his sister and also being willing to share our attention with her. Coming from a similar situation I understand that sometimes sharing time with others can be tough. I myself have 6 siblings who are all older than me. The youngest of the 6 is 16 years older than me.  So essentially by the time they hit 18 and older I was at home growing up in a household where I was the only child. Not saying I don’t have a relationship with my siblings but I grew up not having to share my time with my parents.  So I understand the mere fact that my son is attention seeking when others are around. 

The important or key factors I feel can benefit my son (or anyone) would be:

1. Always have set aside time for he and I. Creating an reoccurring outing for us will help him during the adjustment when his sister arrives. 

2.  Communication

3.  Including him in as many activities with the baby as possible. 

4.  Helping the two of them build a bond like no other. 

5. Always showing him love and attention. This way he can spread that love to his sister. 

6. Sharing stories about him at each stage we reach with his sister. Letting him know what he did as a newborn. 

Creating moments and time stamps for him it’s very important. All children want to know is that they are loved and important. This will also come into play once they start growing up and being in certain social situations. Trying to make sure that he understands that time can be shared between him and his siblings will show him how to treat other. This is a life lesson in its own and we are glad that this has been thought out and we are prepared. Being an only child can sometimes hinder our ability to communicate with others. We want to make sure that our son is never left out and always a part of everything. Kids show signs of wanting attention in so many ways that are not always bad. When people are gloating about the new baby I tend to see him dancing around and asking 50 questions about nothing. So that’s when I take my time and answer a few of his questions making sure that he knows he is still heard.

Baby boy we love you and you will always have our attention. 

Be Still and Listen

This will be short and sweet today. 

Take a moment and be still….

What this means is take time out of your hustle to be creative and let your gift shine through. You may not feel like a moment of silence is neccessarily the right move. But how can we gauge what the right move is if we are always occupied with our daily grind. Appreciate the time you have here and be thankful for your reflection time. 

Listen to your body when it speaks. Look for signs that point you in the direction that lead you to fulfilling your goals. A wise man doesn’t become wise in the wake of traffic. Take a moment to reflect and release some of your stressors. 

Celebrate the Little things

Don’t wait until something big happens in your life to celebrate! Life is a whirlwind of situations that you may not be comfortable with.  There may be times in your life where you may not have full control.  When you feel like you want to give up…don’t!  Take a moment to find a way to stay true to who you are and celebrate the small things.  When life gives you lemons do not be afraid to make a lemon meringue pie!  Do not settle for what you think you are capable because you are more than the basic glass of lemonade.


In life the small things should be celebrated as they are important milestones just as big as any other. And life every day should be appreciated along with the small things that make us happy. Creating those small moments of happiness can impact your life on a whole other level. This can be related to small accomplishments at work or in your life. 

Celebrate early and often. Think about the number of times a student in your classroom, a coworker, family member or anyone close to you has celebrated the smallest thing but you looked at them as if they were overreacting. If someone came to me and asked me what the last thing that I celebrated was they would probably laugh because it was so small. But in my mind what is considered small?

Life is too short for you not to celebrate the small things. You are more than negativity and need moments of positivity.  Also remember that you may not find positivity from others and that is also not a healthy way to live.  Do not live through others reactions because it may not be what you expect.  Your happiness is defined by YOU and no one else. Enjoy life to the fullest and make sure that others around you know that it’s OK to celebrate life with you.


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The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. —Jim Rohn

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