*I received a free home teeth whitening system from Smile Brilliant to try and share with you. All of the opinions expressed below are my own! (Spoiler alert…I loved it!)
We hear it all the time. ”Sleep when the baby sleeps.” Or maybe it’s, “Rest when she (or he) does.” No matter how it is delivered, the package is the same…Take some time for YOU while your baby naps. But while the concept seems nice, how many of us actually do it?
It’s naptime again, and I find myself wanting to feverishly type the words into Google yet again…”Tips for getting baby to sleep” or “sleeping schedules for babies” or “HELP! My baby won’t sleep!” You see, I’ve discovered something. For whatever reason, I have been battling a serious case of self-worth misplacement, or at least that’s what I’m calling it.
I’ve shared in a few different places that this motherhood thing is hard…And, it is. But, what’s even harder is when we so intricately wrap ourselves and our worth, our value into our babies. It’s easy to do as a mama. You know, we participated in creating this little being. We grew this precious little person in our womb. And, now, we have the divine appointment to care for, love, and guide this little one. That’s a big responsibility. One that is, or at least can be, all-consuming.
But, if you hear (okay, read) nothing else in this, hear this…Mama, your worth is not found in naptime, successful or not. Your value is not dependent upon whether you choose (or had to) formula feed or nurse. Your identity as a mother has nothing to do with your baby’s fussiness, contentment, early (or late) development.