doing so good

Sunday, October 05, 2014

I meant to post this story a few days ago, but with everything that was going on I got a little side tracked. Typical Kaycee.

The other day my little one and I embarked on late night trip to Texas to watch her daddy play baseball. She usually gets two naps a day, but because of our flight time we were only able to squeeze one in that day. We got to the airport and I wasn't sure what to expect from her. She's a big napper (like mother like daughter), just not when we're out and about. She never wants to miss anything, and I love that about her.

Our flight was nearly four hours long, and she was awake and happy for about the first two. After that she was so exhausted but, because she's a baby and that's what they do, she began fighting it with everything she had. Luckily she wasn't really crying or screaming (she's had her moments), but was just squirming and whining like a crazy child. Side note: please don't judge those moms with babies who are crying and screaming. They don't want them to be crying or screaming either.

After a few failed attempts walking up and down the aisle, I threw on our trusty Ergo (we use this one, it's the best for traveling) and started bouncing away. Let me tell you, three hours of holding your 20lb. baby isn't only mentally draining, but physically as well. {I don't workout, I just bench press my baby}

At around the 15 minute mark of me bouncing in the aisle next to my seat, the sweetest man walked past to go to the bathroom. As he passed he looked me right in the eyes, smiled gently and said, "You're doing so good."

I could have hugged him.

What an amazing reminder it was, especially for me in that late, tired moment. While I may often feel like I'm failing at so many aspects of my day, in those few other times, I'm doing so good. Being so many things to so many people can be challenging, draining, and sometimes make you want to rip your hair out (this last one isn't an option for me--postpartum hair-loss is a real thing). Whether you're a mom, a wife, a student, a friend, or whatever your job title may be, take a moment to really step back and appreciate yourself. If you're like me, you probably don't do it enough.

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  1. This warms my heart and makes me want to cry! Imagine how much better the world would be if people complimented and lifted each other up rather than criticized or complained.