I am incredibly fortunate to hang with some of the smartest, funniest women on the internet. We have our own little geek squad and cheer each other on in emails and on our blogs. One of those incredible women is Amy of the blog Pregnant Chicken. Amy is sensational on all counts: she’s a mom, a writer, a graphic designer, and just about the funniest person I’ve ever met.
In addition to her hilarity, Amy is a source of incredible wisdom. She demonstrated this to the whole world recently in a post she wrote called “Why You’re Never Failing As A Mother”. Here’s a taste of the from-the-heart advice she shares with moms:
You are in the trenches when you have a baby. To the untrained eye it seems pretty straightforward and easy – you feed them, you bathe them, you pick them up when they cry – but it’s more than that. It’s perpetual motion with a generous layer of guilt and self-doubt spread on top, and that takes its toll.
Feeling like you also need to keep on top of scrapbooking, weight loss, up-cycled onesies, handprints, crock pot meals, car seat recalls, sleeping patterns, poo consistency, pro-biotic supplements, swimming lessons, electromagnetic fields in your home and television exposure, is like trying to knit on a rollercoaster – it’s f*cking hard.
Hard. Yes. Hard trying to parent in our simultaneously hyper-connected and tremendously isolated world. Hard to be a mother in the age of Pinterest. Hard to be a mother when your own mother might live across the continent, when you closest friend is an image on Skype, not a presence in your home. It’s hard when we think we need to do it all and do it all with aplomb.
In the words of someone really smart, I say f*ck that noise. Listen, we can’t do it all. We can’t even do half of it. And we certainly can’t make it all blog-worthy or Pinnable. I, for one, don’t even try. I’m living the dream of doing what matters most to me and not sweating the bits that fall through the cracks. Want to know how I roll? Click on to see!
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