Enfance. Manger le glaçon à la fraise directement avec les mains, le jus qui dégouline sur les cuisses potelées, les doigts qui collent, les cheveux emmêlés qu’on a refusé catégoriquement de se faire coiffer plus tôt dans la journée. Et puis revenir à sa patouille du jour, soupe d’herbe et bol de terre mélangée à de l’eau faisant office de crème au chocolat. La base.
Identity | Being a mama can have some really high highs and some really low lows. I often sit and wonder (Usually while he's napping) why is everything so hidden? Why is motherhood so private? Why aren't these topics talked about?
Having a new identity or a loss of one may not ring true for all but I can definitely relate and feel like I've gone through it about 3 times so far in my life. It didnt hit me until recently as he's much older because the first year you're in survival mode. Making sure he is fed every 90 mins to 2 hrs, that he's sleeping well, eating balanced meals, that he's developing, happy and cared for. There's barely any room for me. Barely enough time to get a shower and a warm meal.
Who was I before I had him? Am I mourning the loss of who I used to be or who I thought I was? Is she still there? Did she completely go away/change or is there still a glimmer of her inside somewhere? It's almost impossible to have not changed after having a child. You are born just as much as your child is. You're born into a mother. A new role, a new body, a new mind and perhaps a new relationship and life altogether.
My identity is definitely tied to self care. I feel parts of my old identity flicker in when I'm recharging or on a date night with my husband. I'm starting to view identity as layers. Layers of experiences not chapters or doors closing/opening. These new feelings, emotions and experiences are additions to my self.
I am still Ariel. Each day might just look and feel differently and my identity will ebb and flow like the ocean 🌊
“See no evil
Speak no evil hear, hear no evil”
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It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone. -Hans F. Hanson
Learning about patterns today w/ the colors yellow & orange
We talked about the different type of face we make when our feelings change & Bradley used red & orange circles to draw what he thought the faces looked like.
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Self-care?? Is it the first picture, or the second?? Or both? The answer depends on how you define “self-care.” Lately this term seems to refer to bubble bath, pedicures, and “treating” yourself. I think it means something bigger. Mind, body, and soul care. Mental. Spiritual. Physical. Relational.
Tell me what you think.
Also-What a fun-filled day down the hill I had today. Not pictured was my time at the DVM...😬. The coffee from @clingansjunction saved the day!!