Jennifer Garner is my new hero. On the Ellen show, she faced rumors concerning her “baby bump” with confidence, poise, and style. Smiling triumphantly, she said,
I do [have a bump]… I am not pregnant. I have had three kids and there is a bump. From now on ladies I will have a bump. And it will be my baby bump. And let’s all just settle in and get used to it. It’s not going anywhere. I have a bump; it’s name is Violet, Sam, Sera…
(you’ve gotta watch it)
As I considered the whole New Year’s Resolution thing over the past couple of weeks, I realized a couple of things. Not only did I realize why I would not follow through with my resolution to keep the house clean, but I realized that with many of my ideas I was seeking to become something I’m not: childless.
Topping my list were:
- Keep a clean house
- Get rid of baby bump
- Be more structured and productive with my time
- Get more sleep
… basically, have the things I had before children. Rewind the clock and become the person I was 7 years ago before my skin stretched, my eyes sagged, and my mind got fuzzy.
But in a moment of peace – while stroking my son’s boyish hair and touching his delicate fingers, after one of his all out blood-curling, screaming, horrendous tantrums – I started wondering, do I really want to take back the last 7 years?
Am I so interested in erasing evidence of my pregnancy, my child rearing, my family that I would dedicate a year to those things?
Is what I really need to return to a “normal” life (because that’s how I often think of life pre-children, normal)?
Or can I settle into the life that is? Accepting that I cannot function at the same energy levels I had pre-pregnancy. That now my time and brain are roughly divided between my two littles, my husband, and my pursuits. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for extra things such as working out or cleaning more hours of the week.
Can I finally settle into the reality that I am a mommy? That I am a mommy blogger. That that I cannot expect to have hours of uninterrupted time to myself. That I will not be a marathon runner, a master crafter, or a foodie-chef. I will not always have the house as clean as I did before Jack was born, and that’s ok. No. That’s fantastic.
I will drop everything when my kids bonk their heads playing power rangers.
I will kiss the invisible boo boo on the middle finger that is extended towards my face and giggle incessantly inside.
I will wake up for sickness, bad dreams, nighttime snuggles, and everything in between.
I will tend to my needs within the needs of everyone else. I will take the time I need, but I won’t expect more than I can have.
I will accept these limitations.
I will be content.
After all, I have a baby bump. And its name is Jack and Ben. It’s not going anywhere. So, let’s all settle in and get used to it.
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.