I realized, yesterday actually, that in the past few years confidence I thought came from more life experience and maturity really stems from being a parent. Think about it. Before kids were you more self-conscious and intimidated in certain situations? Now, if you’re like me, you don’t care as much what other people think. You don’t have the time or energy. I used to stress over things that don’t phase me these days. At this point I’m just thrilled to make it out of the house without slobber stains on my shoulder or a smashed fruit snack stuck to my backside. It occurred to me last night moderating a live mayoral debate with Ron that doing live television doesn’t make me that nervous anymore. Of course it’s an adrenaline rush, but no where near as nerve-wracking as finding your baby at the top of the stairs turning around to smile at you… or watching your toddler run on the wet cement at the waterpark only to slip and hit her head… or getting a call from your husband with two crying kids in the background and there’s nothing you can do about it. This heightened level of self-confidence is like a gift to new moms and dads to counter some of the self-sacrifice and worrying ways that are also a part of the package. I can handle anything now that I’ve been through two pregnancies and two C-sections AND two other people are dependent on me for life!
Posted under Baby Thomas: Month 15
This post was written by Tara on October 30, 2009