I'm Sumo! Well, my real name is Summer, but my husband nicknamed me Sumo when we were dating. (Yes, I still married him!)
It's a blog I started to share my crafting and creating. I also like to host giveaways, feature other bloggers, and maybe share some crazy ramblings about how much I love Diet Coke, or my relationships with Veronica and Lucy (my sewing machine and Silhouette). I started sewing about a year and a half ago, and I haven't looked back since! It's probably my favorite creative past time now, especially since I've got two little girls and a third one on the way!
I was excited when Jana asked me to guest post about some of my thoughts on motherhood. It's always kinda fun to reflect back on those first few months of being a first time mom, and not really knowing what you've gotten yourself into!
My first baby was HARD. She was borderline colicky, and a horrible nurser, and we just spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to make it from one hour to the next. At the time, my husband was working two jobs so that I could stay home with her, which meant that I was on my own a lot of the time.
About a month after she was born, I had somehow found time to finish a book for my book club called The Hiding Place. It was about two women who harbored Jews in their home during the Nazi regime, and their subsequent punishment of living in a concentration camp after being found out. During their time in the concentration camp, they turn to their Bible to get them through their trials. At one point, they decided that they needed to be grateful for everything - even the bad things in their lives. So they decide to pray for the fleas that are a constant infestation in their room. They didn't understand the reason for this until later, when they learned that the reason the guards never came in to supervise them (thus allowing them to study the Bible and pray with one another) was because of the flea infestation.
After reading that, I decided that I needed to be more grateful for the 'fleas' in my life:
- my husband working 13 hours a day: it allowed me to be home with our precious miracle and not have to return to work
- my flabby stomach: evidence of the miracle my body carried and delivered into this world
- my baby not sleeping at nite: time spent being close with my beautiful baby
It's difficult to remember that often those 'fleas' in our lives are actually small blessings in other ways.
I still often have to remind myself of that! My first two children are 18 months apart, and these next two will be 20 months apart - which turns out to be three kids barely three and under once this little lady makes her appearance. It is fun having them so close together, but lemme tell you, sometimes it is hard. Really hard. The best advice I can give anyone is that nothing lasts forever. While the tough stuff seems like it is never going to end, just remind yourself that it won't last forever, and try to find those 'fleas' to help you get through it.
Being a mommy is the best, toughest, hardest, most rewarding job I've ever had. I wouldn't choose anything else!