Low. That is one word I use to describe my life as a stay at home mom. And I don’t mean figuratively, I mean literally. I spend my days with short people and am constantly at their level.
We pretend the rug is an ocean and ride sharks around it. Often we play dolls in the 2 foot dollhouse. We read stories on the floor and do puzzles and games. I am teaching Zander to sit and on my hands and knees encouraging him to crawl. At the end of the day I bend over and pick up all the treasures that the beautiful little people left me. Most the time I feel about three feet tall.
I love being part of their magical little world. It is a place where toys talk and imaginary friends are as real (Zoey had a full imaginary fish tank full of fish yesterday). Toddler life is a place where the most stressful thing is choosing the right story to read or making sure ‘Baby Uhuh’ (her American Girl Doll) has the right clothes on.
But the unfortunate reality is I get soooooo sore. My back is not a fan of always bending over. Zander is a little chub and loves to be held upright so he can bounce around. And my shoulders have been paying the price. He is at that age where it is important for him to start strengthening his legs a little. I remember this stage with Zoey and being constantly sore from bending over so much! Or holding him while he bounces up and down like a wild child. I used to have a bouncy seat for Zoey – but I got rid of it a few months before Zander was born (why?!) and so I had to get something new and I grabbed this bouncer seat.
It has been great because I can sit down and play at my kids level without killing my back as I bounce around an extra 20lbs. He is obsessed with all the toys and I love that it is music themed. I find most bouncy seats pretty tacky, but this one is really cute! The neutral colors and white legs match with our decor. I knew Zander would like it, but I didn’t realize how much until I got it. It is my last line of defense before I put him down for a nap. It can keep him happy and entertained for a good 30 minutes when he is happy and at least 10 at his crankiest moments! And I love that I can be at their level and minimize sore muscles.
Being a mom is hard on a lot of different levels. It tests you emotionally and physically. But everyday I try and focus on the highs and not the ‘lows’. I try and take each moment for what it is: fleeting. I am savoring the good ones and letting the bad ones go. Being able to focus on the positive is so much easier when I feel good physically. I have been focusing on sleeping well, eating right, good posture, etc., anything that helps. This bouncy seat has sure been a back saver with my growing boy!
What things do you do to minimize stress, focus on the positive and have fun in your daily life?
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