Seeing a small faded line on a pregnancy test was all it took to realize there was more to life than a career. My thoughts on moving up the ladder were changed in the fall of 2012. For that summer, I was going to be holding a baby boy in my arms.
Knowing that I was going to be a parent frightened me, but it was an exciting new challenge I was slowly preparing myself to face.
As our first child continued to grow inside of me, I began to feel different types of emotions. Fear was always on my mind, but love was there as well. I learned the importance of creating a loving environment when I knew we were bringing a life into this world.
Soft music, calm settings. Everything was somewhat organized — organized chaos, at least.
This year marks the sixth year since my husband and I went on our first date. I didn’t think it would lead to such a pleasant surprise.
Unmarried, a year out of college and about a year into my career seemed like a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, it wasn’t. Together, Jeff and I were able to overcome some of the obstacles of living together during the first year. Of course, we threw in a pup into the mix before even having our baby boy, but somehow we were able to manage.
It wasn’t until we had our second child that I began to notice more changes in me. Our firstborn taught me what it means to create a loving environment and appreciate the beauty of life.
With our second, I learned the importance of letting go of the people and things that aren’t helping me become the person I want to be. There were many times I had to question whether or not I was surrounding myself with certain people and things because I wanted to make them happy or myself. If having these people/things around was hurting the person I was becoming, then I began to cut them off.
Today, I fight to keep myself away from all of this. It’s been a hard process, but well worth it.
Since having our third, I’ve learned to speak my mind in many ways than one. After finding myself and loving all there is to me without the negativity I had let go, there was more to love about who I am. I’ve learned to embrace it, and for that I am thankful.
They say children teach us more than we could ever imagine, and I have to agree. I probably wouldn’t have become the person I am today had I not had these three loves in my life.
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