Dear Mom of Littles, You are Stronger Than You Think

My baby had pneumonia. And it was all my fault. That's what I told myself at least. 

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It was December 2011. My youngest had just turned a year old, and a few weeks before I had found out we were unexpectedly expecting our third child as well. 

It had been months on end of back-to-back sickness. First it was RSV, then croup, then the full-blown pneumonia set in. 

Later, we would get an asthma diagnosis. 

As each long night bled into day, I wondered if there was any light at the end of this dark tunnel. My baby needed me to be strong, but I felt weaker than ever.

Although I can look back at that time with sweet memories of baby cuddles and midnight nursings, then I felt like I was just barely holding on. 

Mama, are you there now? Do you feel like you're barely holding on and that you just weren't cut out for motherhood? 

I'm here to tell you that you're stronger than you think. 

You see, when I was living this season of sickness after sickness and trying to balance motherhood with a toddler and infant and pregnancy to boot, I thought I was failing as a mother. I thought I was weak because my home was messy and I lived in overwhelm. 

But looking back, I can see that I made it. And my girls made it too. 

That little baby with pneumonia? She starts kindergarten next fall. She's 5 1/2 now, and she hasn't been sick in a long time. 

This season might be grueling, Mama. I know it is. But it won't last forever, and you're stronger than you think. 

I recently saw the following video that depicts the strong mothers of several Olympic athletes. I found it incredibly encouraging, and I hope you will, too!

Thank you, P & G, for underwriting this post.

Erin Odom of The Humbled Homemaker is wife to Will, mommy to a lovely trio of redheaded girls, and a recovering overwhelmed homemaker who encourages, educates and empowers women to live a grace-filled, natural life.

 

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