I’ve grown up, bought a house, married, gotten a puppy, had a baby, cooked a few thousand meals, given up part of my identity to be known as Mom or, more accurately, Addie’s Mom, I decided to stay home (at least for now), and I have a handful of friends I could not get through life without… then I met my fellow Rhody Bloggers and that changed. I met people that I didn’t want to live without. Women with stories that made me cry til I was dry, laugh til I was crying, buy products I never knew existed and teach me how to be a better Mom, wife, friend and human. This week, and every week going forth, I will be thankful that I was able to be a part of Listen to Your Mother. I didn’t make the show (you can read about that HERE), but I got to see it, live the moments each woman bravely shared- whether it’s a life lesson about grocery shopping with kids, how we struggle to overcome our insecurities, having emotions we wish we could control, about our mothers shaping us just by believing in what we could do- I lived it. I sat between two new friends of mine, as we each shed tears, shared laughs and then drinks after the show- it was an experience I will treasure always. Thank you to Carla and Laura for producing the best first LTYM: Providence!
My random of the week is… GET IT DONE NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE! If you’re not following me anywhere but here, maybe you haven’t been as inundated as you should be with my Girl Gone Healthy posts. Well, that sucks for you! Tera is an inspiration as a woman, wife and mother- not to mention a warrior. This lady gets it done, no matter what. I’ll keep it brief, but the next time you say you can’t get your workout in because you have to get the food shopping done, you darn well better park FAR away from the front door. This is Tera this weekend, in heels, walking the 4 flights of stairs (she did it 3 times) to get a little workout in. And stairs? They’re no joke.
Lastly… dwarfism! Lots of people have pointed out Addie’s belly, so much so, that I began to get concerned. As I have done many times before, I turned to my POLP (parents of little people) friends and asked: is that normal? I kind of loathe the word, but truthfully… we all have our own normals in life. But I digress… here is some information about why there is a belly on the little beauty (besides the fact that she eats very healthfully… and completely). Children with achondroplasia often have lordosis, or sway back. This makes the belly look like it’s sticking out more. A smaller chest also gives the appearance of a large tummy. Other factors: smaller space leaves the belly the place where many achondroplastic children show weight and it’s super common that after eating the belly is visibly more full!
As I wiped my forehead of worry-lines, I looked over at my sweet girl. That belly so many like to point out: it’s beautiful. It’s ticklish, it holds many kisses, it flattens out against my body as we snuggle in the morning, it rounds to my hand when I carry her facing out, and fits right underneath my chest when I carry her to me. I love that belly.
**AND WE HAD A FIRST THIS WEEK… JUST WANTED TO SHARE: Addie climbed up a step!!!!