I decided to believe that God threw a couple of stomach bugs at us over the last two weeks to show us that caring for two healthy (relatively speaking) kids is actually pretty easy. I've been a little frustrated and sleep-deprived, but I am really trying to remain positive and laugh about these situations. So I wanted to write an uplifting post, with some thoughts that have been on my mind in the last couple of days.
If there is anything that Brenna's birth has taught me, it's that the choices we make about how we react to situations have such a meaningful impact on our lives - not only for that particular situation but for everything going forward.
I don't think there's a day that goes by that I don't struggle at some point with maintaining a positive attitude, though some days are definitely easier than others. Faith in God's ultimate plan certainly helps.
I am becoming more aware of choosing how I react to each challenge we face when it comes to caring for Brenna. And I am choosing to look not at what is different from a baby without these special needs, but to cherish her uniqueness.
Instead of missing the smell of Johnson & Johnson's baby lotion, I am choosing to love her little Aquaphor scent.
Instead of lamenting the fact that most days I don't have time for makeup and hairstyles and jewelry, I'm choosing to savor the opportunity for a hot shower.
Rather than trying to limit the Aquaphor stains on my clothes, I am choosing to snuggle my baby without concern for my shirts. (who needs nice clothes anyway?!)
Instead of focusing on any limitations she might have because of her skin, I'm choosing to look forward to all that she is doing and all that she will achieve in the future.
I'm choosing to look at the big picture rather than dwell on the small challenges we face each day. I'm choosing to rejoice in each successful bath/skincare treatment and newly shedded skin instead of dwelling on the fact that our lives now revolve around baths and skincare treatments.
Each day, I'm making it a point to stop for a moment and thank God for these wonderful gifts that he has given us. I'm choosing to laugh instead of cry when I'm frustrated. I'm choosing happiness.