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How Motherhood Has Changed Me

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Motherhood has taught me that its OK to let go of some things that were occupying my life - daily tasks, career, training for the next marathon. I am more appreciative of little pleasures, like a long hot shower. I am more cautious of my health, since now someone is dependent on me. My actions are also wiser. I don't need an alarm anymore because I am living every moment.

There is something so amazing about motherhood and I absolutely love it.

But, there are hard moments. There are days when I feel like I have no patience left. Mornings, when all I can think of is crawling back into bed. Moments, when I think there’s no way I’m cut out for this whole motherhood thing.

But, those moments are in the minority.

On August 26, 2015, I held Allie for the first time, kissed her head, and it changed my life for the better.

How Motherhood Changed Me

  1. I’m learning to let go. To let go of the day’s events, the day’s to-dos, and the day’s goals. I’m embracing the beauty of living in the moment and the unexpected.
  2. My career is on the back burner and I’m okay with it.
  3. I have so many irrational fears that I never had before. In my mind, the world out there is a permanently unsafe place for my child.
  4. A long hot shower is pretty much my favorite thing.
  5. I would rather spend time with Allie, than train for a marathon. As much as I would love to run a spring marathon this year, it just doesn’t feel right. Training would take too much time away from her and I’m not ready for that yet.
  6. I am aware of my own mortality. I was never scared to die before Allie and now I live my life a lot more careful, knowing my life now has a new meaning.
  7. I am less brave. Or, possibly, less stupid. Now, how my actions affect my family is my first concern in everything I do.
  8. I used to set an alarm to wake up, even on the weekends. I haven’t used an alarm since we came home from the hospital because we are always up before 6:30 am.

It’s not all about me anymore. Now I’m lucky if I even get a shower. My life is for her. Everything I do is for her. Not one second goes by that I’m not consumed by thoughts of anxiety, worry, joy, and pure love.

Parents: How has your life changed since having a child?

Sara K. Larsen

Sara is certified health counselor and running coach. Her specialization is providing Personal coaching for individuals motivated to move forward in any or all areas of wellness: fitness, nutrition, reduce stress, energy & weight loss. She can be reach at www.coachsara.com

Sara K. Larsen

Sara is certified health counselor and running coach. Her specialization is providing Personal coaching for individuals motivated to move forward in any or all areas of wellness: fitness, nutrition, reduce stress, energy & weight loss. She can be reach at www.coachsara.com

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