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{31 days recap & happy halloween}

Okay friends! So I am finally finishing up my 31 day project. Just a few days late! Life with a newborn and Halloween and homework and a house that never stops needing care has gotten the better of me. But I’m pressing-on because I have loved your feedback about motherhood. It seems that I’m not the only mommy out there who adores my kids and struggles with the tricky parts of motherhood all at once! If you haven’t had a chance to read along you can find all the posts I managed to write {i skipped a few days} HERE. Thanks  to the nester for this fun challenge and thanks to all of you for listening to my musings and my heart!

Cannot wait until next year…wonder what I will write about then!?!

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Also, how was your Halloween?

We had a crazy day of rain, a sleepy baby who wouldn’t nap, fun costumes, parades, parties, trick-or-treat in our neighborhood.

It was fun and tiring.

This was our take on FROZEN!

our frozen halloween  10735441_284393428423402_1700778810_nDSC_0009 And my beautiful sister was Rosie the riveter!

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Here they are at the school parade. Grant was a ninja by day and Olaf by night! Paigey loved being  Elsa! 8 out of ten girls did too! It was adorable!

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{somedays i get ANGRY}

I totally HATE to admit that I get angry as a mommy…but I do. It’s an area I struggle with and often feel unequipped to improve. There have been a few seasons in my mommy-life when I have been angry with the kids ever day {you can read about that more HERE}. Ugly moments that I’m not proud of. I hate the way my anger has made my kids feel and I pray that they remember it as something that only happened from time to time. I try not to take myself too seriously but gosh it’s hard when your regrets and struggles affect your kids.

A few years ago I read a book that had some great tools in it for dealing with anger. I want to read it again. My angry-mommy moments are  rare in this season but I think it is always good to keep working towards my goal of being a patient and gentle mommy.

Anger may not be a struggle for you, but if it is I think you will like this book. Check it out:

 Good & Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character in You and Your Kids

By Scott Turansky

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{postpartum elation}

My cousin came up with a great term for me recently. She was describing me to a friend and told her that I suffer from Postpartum Elation. I am normally a pretty emotional person with very little energy. I have some health issues that cause me to have chronic pain and very irregular sleep. So I am often tired and I think it’s fair to say I can be pretty darn grouchy. My pregnancies are super tough but my early days with a newborn are a whole different thing. I become alive when I have a new baby. It’s been such a joy in my life that it’s hard for me to imagine not having another baby {Blake is only 3 months old and I feel like he is already so big}. But that’s another topic for another day.

I know this is a weird and strange phenomenon that very few people suffer from. It is rare that I hear someone say they enjoy the newborn stage {let alone LOVE IT. I cannot explain it. I guess it’s just how God made me!

And I’m loving every day with my sweet Blakey because of it!

You might suffer from Postpartum Elation if…

The best moments of your life have been in the hours and days after your baby was born.

You cannot stop smiling and saying how thankful you are for this baby in the hours and days after he/she is born.

You are actually more energized during the early days of having a baby than any other time in your life.

You don’t mind sleepless nights because it means you have a new baby.

You are happy during those emotional early days of a newborn {even during the baby-blues moments when you feel overwhelmed}.

You feel energized by the baby elation that tells you “this too shall pass” as you sort out each new baby stage & difficulty.

You are willing to “suffer” through tough pregnancies to have a newborn baby again.

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{lipstick mom’s}

Dear Lipstick Mom,

You just sparkle. I hope you know who you are. You always look beautiful & put together {even in your sweats}! You know how to keep yourself fit, ironed, accessorized & high-heeled on most occasions. Your nails always look great. How is this possible? I want to hate you…but I love you. I envy you. I admire you. I wonder how you do it. How do you do it? I seem to be capable of getting my nails done, make-up on & clothes ironed about once or twice a year! But honestly I’m okay with that. I want to be more like you and someday I just may get there {or at least more often}. In the meantime keep sparkling! It gives us other mom’s hope!

Sincerely,

Me {a mommy who is just lucky to get dressed everyday}

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