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Little Zula Mae is getting so big! She's staying awake a lot of the day, which I'm not sure is normal. She likes to watch what's going on around her, even if it just means staring at the blank wall next to the changing table. Here she is straining to watch her dad work at the computer...
I have been a mom for six weeks! I just love my little Zula Mae!
These last six weeks have been packed full of the most wonderfully challenging, uplifting, heart-wrenching, hair-pulling, soul-smiling, beautifully difficult experiences of my entire life.
My new little addition keeps me so busy that I don’t have the time to do what I used to. Instead of writing, editing, and researching, I’m cuddling, calming, and feeding. My to-do lists have gotten shorter and shorter as I am beginning to learn just how much I can’t do while I am a mom.
One day recently I only had one small item on my to-do list: make cinnamon rolls. I knew I wouldn’t be able to accomplish much more than that and I really (really) wanted to make them so we could have a treat while we decorated our Christmas tree that evening.
But fast-forward several hours into the day and I still hadn’t even begun to make cinnamon rolls. Zula’s little tummy hurt and after hours of holding her, I laid her on the changing table. She was crying so hard her little body shook. It was awful. I laid my head next to hers while I rubbed her tiny belly...and cried just as hard.
My sister in law, Heidi, came over the other day to help me clean my house. Having a little baby makes regular chores seem so hard! It is such a challenge to accomplish even a part of what I used to get done in a day. My to-do lists are getting shorter and shorter.
Heidi said she doesn't make to-do lists anymore. She has 5 kids and says it's just too hard. Instead, at the end of the day she writes down everything she did and calls it her Ta-Da! list.
I am so on board with this. At the end of this day, I expect my Ta-Da! list will include cuddling, feeding, and kissing my tiny baby and I will feel so accomplished!
...even if the dishes aren't done, the laundry is still dirty, and there's no dinner.
Several years ago, before any of my talks were on CD and before I had written any books, I used to sit in my car outside the Deseret Book in Riverdale and tell myself over and over:
"Someday I'll have a book in there. Someday I'll have a book in there."
Two of my books and two CDs have found their way into Deseret Book over the years, but it really, truly felt as if my dream came true last Saturday when I got to go do a book signing - my first one ever inside an actual Deseret Book! I've done a few at Seagull Book stores but this was almost magical!
...though the 'magic' feeling might have had something to do with the numerous "Santa Clauses" coming in and out, gearing up for their "Santa Run."