I’ve always wanted to be a twin mom. I had the most wonderful expectations of the type of Mom that I would be and I was determined to meet every single one. Pretty sure we’ve all been there and just smile and nod when we hear others make the same mistakes. Then I actually became a mom…and a twin mom at that. Guys, being a mom (or a parent in general) is a lot tougher than it looks!
It’s no secret that we prayed for Logan & Emma and went through our own struggles before God gave us our dream. It took 3 failed rounds of fertility treatment, 1 successful IVF cycle, many tears and heartache, thousands of $$, feeling like failures, judgments and negative remarks from family and friends, doubts about ourselves and our future and too many moments to mention. But, looking back I wouldn’t change a thing. We wouldn’t have Logan & Emma and our 4 babies waiting for us if we’d gotten pregnant any other way. I wouldn’t be eternally grateful in the way that I am and know what a true miracle the gift of life is.
However, our struggles didn’t end when we had our babies like I thought they would. I truly believed that going through so much heartache and infertility would make every moment absolutely perfect. I thought that I’d be so grateful that I would never have to deal with anything like postpartum depression…I was wrong. I wrestled with it for months because I didn’t want to believe that it was something else that I and my body failed at. It wasn’t until Ryan called my doctor and kept the kids that I finally admitted that something was wrong. Breastfeeding twins what felt like nonstop, hundreds of doctors appointments, working 20-25 hours a week from home, a spec ops husband that was gone 14+ hours a day and living off of ZERO sleep for months on end can take a toll. I never wanted to admit that I wasn’t super mom, but guys, I should have admitted it a lot sooner for the benefit of me, the kids and my poor saint of a husband! Our home has been much happier and life has continued to improve.
I’m also learning to listen to my body (and my husband). As of the end of March I’ll be a full time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom)!!!! I’m wicked excited and I truly feel that this is the best move for our family. With a husband in flight school and two VERY active toddlers who want and need my attention, i’ll feel much better about everything. This has always been my dream and has been the ultimate goal, but I always felt that I should be contributing financially. But, taking care of kids IS a full time job and they need me more than my money. (My Boston Terrier, Yawkey, is curled up with me agreeing) 😉
I’m admitting to all of this because it’s also been an insecurity for me. We’ve been told by family members (and via hearing gossip repeated) that I “couldn’t handle” working and my kids…that I “Couldn’t take care of her own kids”…and that I “wasn’t meant to be a Mom” because of our struggles. Well, I’ve been working at all of the above for over 19 months and kickin butt, if I do say so myself. I did all of this while battling postpartum depression ZERO help from family that all seemed to disappear after the babies were born. I was also so jealous of the people I saw on social media (a very, very dangerous thing to get sucked into) who had family and friends visiting, helping out with their kids or just giving them adults to talk to. It forced me to lean on God and my husband. Our “Team Grim” did it and we’re stronger than ever!! Not everyone has a “tribe”, but I’m okay with that now.
We all have our struggles, our insecurities, our imperfections…but we all need to be a little more lenient with ourselves! I guess I’m just here to admit that I have my own and I’m still here living to tell about it. My kids still give me 1000 hugs and kisses a day and my husband still wants to come home to me every night so I must be doing something right!
~ Imperfect Melissa