You know how social media can make it seem like we all have life figured out? Like every moment is happy, and we always look pretty and put together? Though I sometimes wish reality was that way, it is not. Life is often messy and stressful, but that is not what I choose to share on Instagram and Facebook. I felt the need to confess that our current behind the scenes life is not as seamless as my social media accounts would have you believe. This quote from my pastor speaks such truth.
Don’t get me wrong, Todd and I LOVE our life with our boys. We realize that we live an amazing life and are beyond grateful for it. I just wanted to be transparent and share a dose of reality…
Our newborn has not gained weight as well as he should, so my days and nights are literally consumed with breastfeeding, pumping, and doing everything I can to increase my milk supply. The dark circles under my eyes are intense. I turned on my iPhone camera this morning and it was turned onto the selfie side and yikes it was scary. I have eaten A LOT of chocolate lately. Our golden retriever keeps digging holes all over the new grass in our back yard. Our almost 4 year old has been watching too much TV. He has also been acting up, which is understandable, but still frustrating. Things are messy around here! Thankfully my husband is an enormous help with everything. Our life is so wonderful, and the happy little square photos are all true, but they just do not represent the entire story.
I do not have a huge platform, but I want the little influence that I do have to be positive. Plus, my kids may look back at pictures of themselves when they’re older, and I’d rather them not see that I have complained about them. If I focus on the good things that are going on, I will have a more positive outlook overall. My wise younger brother posted this on Facebook recently, and I think it applies to almost any phase of life.
Such a great reminder to magnify my blessings, rather than express my complaints!
And here’s a look at our life lately:
That is the prettier side of things. And now here’s a dose of reality, behind the scenes:
Breastfeeding and pumping and an alarm clock that wakes us throughout the night to feed our tiny guy. Life lately is far from glamorous, but it is all about my family…and I love it!