Nothing Good Comes Easy

Five years ago, right about this very moment, we were racing to the hospital like bats out of hell ready to meet our baby girl.

This was most definitely our first rodeo.

I remember sitting in my recliner, watching Grey's Anatomy, and BAM...my water broke. In my head I was like "is this it, is this REALLY it?" and it was like time stood still.  It couldn't have been longer than a minute or two, but it felt like forever.

It was seriously one of those moments I will never forget. Five years later I can vividly remember how my knees where shaking as we called the doctor. My heart was racing and I didn't know my ass from my elbow.

Where was that bag I packed 10 weeks ago? Oh yeah, there wasn't a bag because I was too depressed from my doctor's appointment two days before. You want to know how to make a pregnant person homicidal? Tell her she's not dilated at 39 weeks, that's how.

We made a 45 minute drive in about 27 minutes because I swear we thought I would crown in the car. No such luck. We had no idea what we were in for.

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This, my friends, is what 22 hours of labor looks like.

Fast forward to tonight, as I was going though old pictures and getting sentimental about having a five year old {tomorrow}.  I was asked to write about a time when I have faced a great challenge.

Every day of my life, since the moment my water broke, I have been faced with countless challenges.

Being a parent is the biggest challenge I have ever known.

I have to be everything to these little guys and somehow I have to make sure they end up being good people. I can't think of a bigger challenge than that.

I can't just talk the talk, I have to walk the walk. That whole "do as a I say, not as I do" shit just doesn't work. We actually have to be who we want our kids to be.  And believe me, there are moments I don't want to take the high road or turn the other cheek, but I do it. I do it for them.

Being a mom has been the hardest job I've ever loved and I know it's exactly what I was meant to do. I love deeper, I laugh harder, I have never known pride like I do now.  To say it's "easy" would be a lie.  I don't think anything in life, that's worth having, comes easy.

 

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