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Friday, July 14, 2017

Mommin' Ain't Easy

Hello. I've been wanting to write this for a very long time, but with one reason after another I have been postponing it. Well, now is the day!

I am a Mom of two, ages 3 and 1&1/2 AND almost 9 months pregnant with kid number three. I would be lying if I said my life was a "breeze" and perfect because it is not. And that's what I'm sharing with you today in hopes that a mom somewhere that needs to reads this does and knows that she's not alone.

First off - hormones. They are a motherfucker. I am so sick of dealing with stupid hormones. Pregnancy hormones are the worst for me and especially this pregnancy. Around month 5 of pregnancy my panic attacks due to anxiety/stress got so bad that I had to get on medication. That was the last thing I wanted to do, but I needed to do it for my sanity and so I could mother to the best of my ability. The medicine has helped but I still have several days of feeling down and angry. I don't know why because who can't handle a 3 year old ornery boy and a 1.5 year old that LOVES to be held and whines because of big brother messing with her every second of the day...I mean, seriously. Oh, and then there's the housework, bills, obligated events to attend, grocery shopping, etc.

Second - GUILT. Guilt of not feeling good enough. Guilt of not spending enough one on one time with each child or even both of them because the tv is your savior for the day. Guilt for the house not being clean when your husband comes home from working 12-14 hour days every day. Guilt for wondering if you fed your children the right food for their little growing bodies so they don't get the ever growing diabetes that the world is inflicted with now days. Guilt for not calling or writing people back in a good time period because you'd rather cut your legs off than try to talk on the phone while your children scream, fight and pine for your attention the whole time. Guilt for also being on your phone TOO MUCH because some days social media is the only way I know what's going on in the world and gives me the entertainment I need to continue.

Third - isolation. I stay at home to raise my kids. That's what my husband and I decided was best for our family. Some days I do wish that I worked just so I could get away and out of the house, help with money and have adult conversations. I'm lucky to have my Scentsy and Posh business to keep me busy in a non mom way and make connections locally. With all of that being said, I do not regret my decision to stay home and raise my children. Plus, where I live, our options for daycare isn't really the best and neither are the job options for the pay rate I would need to be able to afford daycare. I am sure there are plenty of working moms that wish they could stay home with their reasons and I totally get it! We all do that and have our reasons. I am still very grateful I get to do this "job" and I wouldn't want it any other way. I try my best to not take it for granted that I get to raise my kids. I can stay in my pjs all day if I want, go to the park any time, visit my family when it is possible, etc. Speaking of family...I do have some great in-laws around me, but I miss my family tremendously. And my friends - my best friends. I left them to move here to be with my husband. I never imagine how hard it would be to be here with kids and not have my village with me.

Lastly - comparison. I am so sick of my problem with comparing myself to other women, especially moms. It seems now days there are these "perfect" women/mothers that I cannot get away from seeing on social media. It's almost been so bad that I have considered closing all of my accounts and living back in the stone ages. But I do have my business pages on facebook and family members far away that love seeing pictures of the kids so I keep it active.

SO if you're like me trying to make it through the day wondering if you're doing it right...you probably are. Hopefully you've got someone to call to vent or advice (thanks Mom). And hopefully you have a significant other that lets you escape sometimes, even if it's just to get groceries alone because that can feel like a vacation. And we all know that even a drive where you get to blast the music you don't get to listen to anymore can be all the therapy you need. Hang in there. I am trying to ;) I keep telling myself that this is just a phase and one day I'm going to be sad it's over. I know I will. Until then, I'll keep counting the hours of the day until my rescue support comes home and keep searching for new activities that help my kiddos (and me) stay happy...

Friday, December 30, 2016

The Gift of Protection

If you had asked me 5 or more years ago my thought on guns, I would've told you I was scared of them. I knew nothing about them and didn't want to touch them. When I lived alone, I had a baseball bat and some knives for defense. A lot has changed since then.

When I started dating my husband, I got to know more and more about guns. Hand guns, rifles, shotguns, accessories, etc. I started to become more comfortable with them and eventually shooting some. I really liked one of his guns and he basically said it was mine. I thought that was cool, but I still needed more education.

I ended up taking a concealed carry course with several members of our family earlier this year and PASSED! My dad now calls me a "pistol packing momma". Since passing the course, I knew I needed a smaller handgun to carry because my favorite one was a little big for me to feel comfortable with. With two small children in tow, I don't need extra baggage when I go somewhere.

So the hunt was on...until one day I found THE GUN. <3 Introducing, the Sig Sauer P238.
It is compact, light and fits great in my hand and pockets. My husband surprised me with it for Christmas this year. (He gave it to me early.) I was shocked and extremely happy. Fast forward a couple weeks to last Friday...

It's a beautiful day outside, my daughter is sleeping so I decide to take my son out to play. We were outside for maybe 10 minutes when a car with 3 men show up in my driveway. One gets out and starts yelling, "Hey!" and probably some other words, but I don't remember because I just knew something wasn't right. I picked up my son and started running into the house, locking all of the doors behind me.

We get inside, my son plays with the truck he managed to bring in with him and I start going to get my gun. In the meantime, the man who got out of the car said, "I can see you". Talk about really freaking a woman out. I was also on my phone trying to get a hold of my husband. Next time (hopefully there isn't one) I will be on the phone with the sheriff instead. I waved to the driver of the car through a window, telling them to leave. The man who was outside started to go around back, but got in the car and left.

I walked around with that gun the rest of the day after my husband gave me instructions over the phone. It was in safe mode of course, since children are around. My husband gave me a hands on course on the gun that evening because before then I didn't really know it well. I feel a lot more comfortable now with it and I'm grateful to have it. But I didn't feel this way completely, until I knew my gun well.

With that being said, I highly suggest all women to think about getting a gun or having some sort of defense plan for when and if situations, like mine, happen. The man could've easily tried to break down my door, bust a window open or worse. At the time I didn't have my gun ready and could've been a victim.

Ladies, do you have someone close to you that you could talk about guns with? Someone you can trust and can take you somewhere to get a feel for them? Have you ever walked into a gun shop? You should! Go feel some. Ask them about concealed carry courses. Think about what you can do to defend yourself and family, if you have one. Ask me any questions you'd like! I'd be happy to help!