I never would have dreamed of how different my life would look in less than a year but it does in an amazingly, crazy, exhausting and beautiful way. My days are filled with baby laughter and tears, getting to watch my daughter experience life for the very first time. I wouldn’t give up this once in a lifetime adventure for anything but there are days that stretch you to your limits and make you want to take up a toddler’s bedtime. On those days, it’s so amazingly comforting to know you aren’t alone and that our friends that live just a few blocks away are going through the same thing. It’s crazy to think that just eleven short months ago I didn’t know these ladies. Ladies that I have spent almost everyday with since Kennedy was a couple of months old and who I have learned from, confided in and drank many glasses of wine with. Living in the city meant that we gave up the opportunity of having our family near by but in return, gained the ability to be able to explore the city and build the most amazing network within walking distance. So, cheers to another snow day and to play dates within walking distance because this Mommy would be stir crazy without them!
One day on a walk while I was particularly frustrated with someone close to me, my Mama friend said to me that whenever she thought about someone who had made different life choices than her she would say “You, do you”. As in, you should be proud and happy and SATISFIED with the choices you have made and do what is right for you, whatever that other person did is probably great too but it’s great for THEM.
That phrase has stuck with me and whenever there are times that I am frustrated with my life or jealous of others I always think about that because no matter what you are going through or struggling with or excelling it as long as you’re happy with the decisions that you have made with life than that is all that matters. There is no such thing as having it all because we all have our ups and our downs, our good days and our bad, our really high highs and our really low lows but as long as you’re at peace with your imperfectly perfect life than that is all that matters. So, I challenge you Mama’s, you do YOU and be happy with what you have because you made the right choice (no matter what that was) and tomorrow is another day.
Concetta Aires is mother to two baby girls, Kennedy Rose and Cecilia Grace. She lives on Capitol Hill and spends her days trying to keep her children alive while keeping her sanity.