I remember being pregnant with my first babe, Matthew, on what I consider my first Mother’s Day. I was slightly bummed, and irritated after being on bed rest for WEEKS that he was not born on that day. Don’t get me wrong; I loved being pregnant, but I longed for him to be in my arms on Mother’s Day. Maybe it was just the raging hormones, but I have to admit I was a little emotional and weepy about not being able to celebrate Mother’s Day with my little bundle of joy.

 

I also have to admit that I had no idea what I was getting into when I signed up for the mother job.  I didn’t know he was not going to allow me to sleep…..EVER for that first year.  I didn’t know he was going to be so messy (honestly this boy could find dirt even when there wasn’t any). I didn’t know that there isn’t really much relaxing that happens on Mother’s Day. I didn’t know how thoroughly in love I would fall, the depths are unmeasurable. I didn’t know that there would be so many moments that being a mother would make my heart both leap and weep at the same time, and I never knew that my children would be my most prized possessions that never really belong to me.

 

Matthew’s birthday IS on Mother’s Day this year, and I find myself yet again feeling pretty emotional, (although I guess I won’t be able to blame the hormones this year) because this is my son’s SIXTEENTH birthday!! And honestly, I don’t know how this is happening. Sixteen years have flown by in just a blink of an eye. And I can’t seem to wrap my mind around how my son is getting older, but I don’t feel like I am at all. (Maybe I just did the math wrong).

 

No really, I don’t feel any older and I don’t plan on aging anytime soon! I have been dreading this teenage phase of parenthood for almost sixteen years now. That’s another thing I didn’t know about when Matthew was born….

I had no idea that they just KEEP GETTING BETTER!

So I am planning on staying young for a LONG TIME!

Happy Birthday, Matthew!

 

And Thank you, Matthew and Olivia for making me so proud to be your mom and inspiring me to stay young.

If you are planning on staying young like me, here are a few tips:

  • Cut the sugar. A spoonful might help the medicine go down, but I think it makes everything else go down too- your moods, your energy, and your immune system.

  • Eat more on the clean side and less on the processed side. How does the saying go? If it is a plant eat it, if it’s made in a plant don’t. You need to decide what foods are best for you, but generally eat real, whole foods most of the time.

  • Get Moving. It doesn’t really matter what you do, just find something you like doing and do it.

  • Give it to God. Some things are beyond our control; there is no sense in spending all your time and energy stressing about them. Take some quiet time and then let it go.

  • Get to bed. Get some rest. You need it!

  • Be Silly. Dance in the kitchen. Sing Loudly. Laugh at yourself. 

 

If you feel like you would like some support in reaching your health goals come and see me, and we’ll talk!Jess cutout signature

 

 

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