Brittany Arnold
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Brittany Arnold: Take a seat, Supermom

Well, I am a little more than a week into my new role as a mother of two. I’m alive – sleep deprived and rather weepy – but I’m breathing and feeling blessed.

I don’t think any mother can really anticipate what it is like to have two children. Being that I’ve been-there-done-that, it has made certain things a lot easier.

I’m a pro at diapers, I know how to swaddle, I know tricks to burping and rocking, and after the first night home, I quickly remembered what it is like to be thankful for a three-hour stretch of sleep.

But while the baby basics come naturally – life is completely different. Maybe I expected life would just resume, plus one. Routines would resume, plus one.

That isn’t the case. I’m learning to live with one-task-per-day as a big accomplishment. Yesterday, I got maybe three tasks done and literally felt like Supermom.

However, even though I love getting things done and have a daily planner that is the size of a textbook, the minute our baby sister joined us, I have been striving to soak up every moment.

Even the tired, late night feedings – because having been-there-done-that, I know how fast it all goes.

This time around, I’m practicing being better at just sitting. Sitting and letting the dishes pile up a bit; sitting with beds that aren’t made; sitting with a floor that needs to be cleaned.

With Audrey, I was so proud of the way I could multi-task. Feed a baby and fold laundry; rock baby to sleep and vacuum.

But now I realize that there will be a time, sooner than I want, where I can get it all done. So right now, I’m just going to sit and snuggle my babies.

Every day is a fight. My head keeps pushing me to move, get it done, clean, do-this and do-that, but I know that God doesn’t want me to be Supermom – He just wants me to be Mom.

Change diapers; burp; feed; bathe; read to; play with; give kisses and hugs: that is today’s to-do list. And when God blesses me with both girls sleeping at the same time – I get to shower.

Brittany Arnold is married with two children. Read her Wednesdays on Douglas County Moms. Also check out her personal blog here.

God doesn’t want me to be Supermom – He just wants me to be Mom.


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