For a parent whose memory has gone to mush, I really heart the Facebook Memories feature. Most of the time I can’t believe things happened so long ago.
Seriously?! That concert was eight years ago!
It’s been that long since I’ve been to Europe?!
Wait. What. I used to go out on Thursday nights.
But then again, sometimes we are glad to no longer be in that season of life that we were reminded of. The reality is that it may not have been our best season.
On particularly rough days when I’m sure I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100% … and that’s pretty good. – unknown
Let that sink in.
Reflection can be difficult, but it can also be empowering. Anniversaries are the perfect time to think about where you’ve been and where you’re going.
A few days ago this photo popped up on facebook and it reminded me it had been two years since I wrote Love You to Pieces, Beautiful Monster.
Adorable right?! But those days of adjusting to motherhood were tough. Here is the post where I shared my own reflections from the last two years:
“This huge smile takes me back to a really tough time in my life. It was taken shortly after I wrote the first draft of what became the loving children’s book: Love You to Pieces, Beautiful Monster.
I can picture myself sitting in the car, two months postpartum, tears in my eyes. I was trying to figure out the new roller-coaster I had stepped on to. I constantly flowed back and forth between immense love (Did you see that smile?) and silly frustrations (feeling like I was failing at everything).
Reflecting on the last two years, I am so grateful that this Beautiful Monster broke me.
Our highs are insanely high.
We like to get it all out there by silly dancing in the kitchen to Eminem and the Beatles.
Our lows are embarrassingly low. I tell her to go watch Elmo so no one loses their shi….. , even though I hate when she sits there like a zombie.
All in all, we get to practice a lot of love and laughter in our house.
Love You to Pieces, Beautiful Monster”
I can now say the last two years have been worth it all. I get to share Love You to Pieces, Beautiful Monster with literally thousands of parents; Parents that just need a good laugh and a big hug after a long day.
The book is a chance to snuggle up to your Beautiful little Monster and relax knowing that you are doing this parenting thing just fine. Your track record is 100%.