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🚨New Mommy…Week 26

My baby turned 6 months this week!!😊😊

I’m so excited and terrified at the same time! Watching him gain independence causes me to smile and be proud while simultaneously fast forwarding to the days he won’t need me as much.😒 Such oxymoronic feelings!! I’m sure moms understand!

AJ is full of life! He tries everything repeatedly, only allowing frustration to set in for seconds.😒 It’s so encouraging, oh to be a child again! I pray I never do anything to inhibit his imagination, deter his determination or discourage his effort.❀️ He reminds me everyday to keep dreaming! Keep trying! He has no idea how he motivates me.

6 months postpartum feels….better.πŸ™ƒ I am certainly in a much more calm state of mind than previously. I cry much less. When I do, the tears are typically of pride and gratefulness. I never knew my heart could be so full. My journey yo motherhood was long, hard and heartbreaking. But it was all worth it.😍

Now, the hard part about 6 months postpartum?!?! My body!!😫😫😫 Initially I made amazing progress. Lately, I’ve hit a roadblock! I don’t like my body. I can’t figure out my “mom style”😳 I’m no longer comfortable wearing certain things. It’s odd. I’ll get through it, I’m sure!πŸ’™

I’m also dealing with becoming a stay at home mom. It’s truly and adjustment. Whew! I’ll talk about it more next time! Don’t wanna bore you! πŸ˜‰πŸ€£πŸ€£

Until the next time…

#NotetoSelf #NotetoUs #NewMommyChronicles

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Week One: New Mommy

AJ is one week old today!☺️ I’ve officially been a mommy for 7 days. In true fashion of myself…lemme tell y’all about it!πŸ˜‚

First of all…I am TIED (that’s tired for my proper readers)πŸ˜‚

I had him via c-section and that experience is traumatic ok? I don’t care what anyone else says. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

I have to care for him 24-7…..whew….take me back to my babysitting days. It was SO temporary. Lol!πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Don’t even get me started on breastfeeding!!!😀😀

I am the most emotionally exhausted I’ve been in my entire life. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈWho knew you could cry so many tears in a single 24 hour period?!?! 😱 AND, so many different tears?? One minute they are happy, then proud, then amazed, then tired, then feeling like β€œwhat have I signed up for”, then β€œI love my husband so much”, then β€œI love my son so much” then God knows what! I literally feel insane! 😫😫

My husband has been a trooper.😊 I honestly have a new found respect and wonder for single moms. How do y’all do it? How? Y’all so strong! I’ve cried in my husband’s arms so much you’d think I’m the newborn!πŸ˜€ Y’all really are amazing!!

My pediatrician started our conversation reading my fertility and child loss history then preceded to state β€œWow, you went through a lot to get him here. Thank God he is here”! 😭😭When I tell y’all I almost went into a baptist fit!!!πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸ» (ask your churchy friends what that is, lol!) He just didnt know what he said to me! LOL!

Overall, motherhood is NO punk.πŸ™…πŸ»β€β™€οΈ She’s actually a bully in my opinion! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ But I am so thrilled to have my son even when I’m overwhelmed (which is quite often at this point, lol!)

I honestly did not realize how strong women truly are until this phase of my life. We are EVERYTHING! πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ’…πŸΌ

Until the next time..

#NewMommyChronicles

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It Happened…..

Prior to marriage I firmly believed I’d be the woman who’d balance her career, hobbies, ministries, relationships, businesses, marriage and self love. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

There was absolutely no doubt in my mind I’d find the formula and execute well. Even when I gained 70 pounds (like literally a 10 year old attached themselves to my body) BEFORE marriage, I already had a plan to get the weight off and keep my pre-marital sexy going. πŸ™„ I had all the plans, encouraging sayings, and great intentions, then….

IT HAPPENED!!!

One day, I had no idea what I liked. I couldn’t figure out what I should wear. I wasn’t sure how I felt about my makeup. I couldn’t think of things to do without my husband. I hadn’t visited family or friends (without my husband) or gone shopping for myself. I had become everything I dreaded! I WAS ALL ABOUT MY HUSBAND and nothing else!πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ How could this happen to me? Where had Alishia gone? Who snatched my body? And most importantly, WHY????πŸ€”

I had this all figured out. I would not become the wife who had no life outside her husband or forgot what my life was like prior to marriage! I could not believe this! Then it dawned on me, I’d stop being intentional about ME! Mostly, women are predisposed to caring for everyone BUT themselves. We’ve also been societally exposed to the myth that becoming someone’s wife is the ultimate goal. 😏 Some where, someone dropped the ball with this! Lol! Somehow self care became taboo and selfish (which essentially describes self-care but I’ll stay focused for now 😜). How could anyone lead us to believe we are only considerate of ourselves when we decide to take a break from wife and mom duties, work, chores and thinking of everyone else?? How?

I drove myself nuts trying to come up with a reason for this but you know what? I’m DONE seeking it out! 🀫 My energy can be spent PRACTICING self care instead of trying to figure out how or why it’s wrong to some people, lol! I have a right to “turn off”. Even God restedπŸ™ŒπŸΌ! The almighty, all powerful God of the entire universe took a moment to sit back and enjoy the work of his hands! He admired what he created. He SAT DOWN! If he did, WHY WON’T WE?!?

After 19 months of marriage and bonus child (that’s what I call my stepson now, lol) rearing, I’ve realized I’ve placed this pressure to be everything πŸ‘πŸΌon πŸ‘πŸΌmy πŸ‘πŸΌself! And it’s senseless. I deserve a day off or new jeans that make my buns look amazing, lol! In fact, I SHOULD model God and RELAX sometimes. My husband does not even expect all these absurd things from me nor does my stepson. I told myslef to go above and beyond for no good reason, lol!

It’s okay to desire being a good wife, mom, friend, and loved one. Really, it is. The problem arises when we aspire to be super-wife/mom/friend/employee/boss/entrepeneur/etc…. There really is a season for everything, including REST. We tend to think of seasons as summer, fall, winter and spring, which is true in that aspect. However, seasons can switch more frequently than that. Especially when it comes to self care. And that is ok! Take some time to yourself. Even if it’s on the ride home. Don’t take the call! Decompress! Just say no! Lol! Then your…it happened moment will be you taking care of yourself for a change, lol!

You can be anything you want, just not everything at the same time. And that’s perfectly ok!

Until the next time…..

#notetoself #notetous #selfcare #superwomanisamyth

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I’m Not Like You….

The current political climate has uncovered deeply rooted hatred in some and pain in others. Watching the news today is pretty reminiscent of the 60’s and 70’s (according to my parents and grandparents). The sight of police brutality, racially charged hate rallies or even reading some posts in which true hearts are revealed can be disheartening to say the least. We’d hope people would be sympathetic to the plight of a minority in America, specifically African Americans. No slight to other minorities, at all. I highlight this difference because it’s my culture, I live it and I have relatives who were actually alive during slavery. We’d hope someone else, although they have not had the same “American” experience, would decide to suffer with us. We’d hope they’d feel our pain, be sensitive to it and try putting themselves in our shoes right?😏 Differences cause lots of issues, race just happens to be an obvious one but it’s not the only one.

I’ve spent the last year in a predominantly Caucasian church. From the very beginning I felt like a fish out of water because, well, I’m different. It was literally culture shock in every sense of the word. Different people, different music, different service style, different leadership type just different. But like most black people born in the 80’s and later, we’re open to change and trying new things; so I dived in.πŸ€ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ•³

Needless to say, it was not fun nor a cake walk. I’ve found out I am a bit naive when it comes to my expecations of leaders everywhere but especially in the church. I have this strange idea that fairness and equity is a real thing people should operate in. I was SO wrong, lol! It appears hierarchy reigns (at most organizations) and we just have to fall in line. I can’t say whether or not this was intentional but it felt just like so many other things in the world; do things our way or face the consequences. Speaking up and out was usually dismissed as “the leader makes decisions and we have to follow them”. Okay, that’s obvious but at what point are we treated as individuals with minds, opinions, feelings and experiences and not a piece on an operational assembly line? If the person speaking out is different from you and your only rebuttal is “just do what the leader says” things start to seem a little strange and one sided.🧐

I’ve always been the one questioning status quo, searching for the truth/meaning behind things and willing to put myself out there for the sake of others. This is the first time in my life that this completely worked against me and I can’t find a reason other than I’m not like them….my approach, my thought process, my reasoning (or lack thereof), my experience, (you probably expected me to discuss race here, lol) there was not one string in which we could connect or be bonded although we were involved in the same ministry. How does that happen? Usually a group of singers or ushers or hospitality members find common ground strictly on the basis of working on the same team. So we have to ask ourselves, are we able to work with people who are not like us and actually value them? Or will we simply ask people to conform? Last time I checked scripture made it clear that we are not hear to conform to the views (racist, unaccepting, pious and cultish) of this world but be transformed in our minds (think, be, love like Jesus) and help others do the same (Romans 12:2). If we are not doing that in the church, what exactly are we doing? Church, of all places, should be one location where all colors, creeds, backgrounds, nationalities, personalites and the like can find peace and acceptance. And I don’t mean acceptance in the sense of do what you what, how you want and we’ll never say anything (that’s the extreme opposite of discrimination which isn’t cool either). But it should be a place where one feels safe.πŸ™‡πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

If things are happening in your local assembly where people believe they can’t speak up, and you are aware of this, you have a problem. There will always be an Alishia, somewhere. You know, the one who speaks up and out, asks questions, gets to the bottom of things, searches for deeper meaning and is all in all, an advocate. This person will likely be viewed as an agitator, rebel, leftist or anarachist of some sort; just reading those words will cause negative feelings in some people reading this, lol! But ask yourself, church leader, isn’t that EXACTLY what Jesus was, is and will be until He returns and cleans up this place? He challenged every thing that was not like his Father in Heaven. If anyone’s behavior, heart, rituals, practice or religion did not represent God he absolutely spoke up. He rebuked, He corrected, He chastised, HE SHOOK THINGS UP!! Ultimately causing people’s hearts to change and in turn created even more rebels! He was just as much ochampion as he was a troublemaker! Learn to embrace different views and perspectives. You may find some things could and should change simply because you willingly and enthusiatically accept the fact that I’m not like you……βœŠπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ’ͺπŸΌβœ…πŸ’›πŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’šπŸ§‘β€οΈπŸ–€

Until the next time…..

#notetoself #notetous#differentiscool #advocate

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Day 40: The Probation Period (look it up πŸ˜‰)

I’ve found out communication in marriage is no walk in the park, lol! The slightest disagreement seems world crashing (so petty) lol! Although this is temporary if you don’t get a handle on communication expectations NOW you’re headed for trouble. πŸ™„πŸ€”πŸ˜‚

On a brighter note 😬😬:

My husband is a chameleon, seriously. I can count on him to be whatever I need in the moment. He’s been my pastor, banker, financial advisor, counselor, praise & worship team (plays no games about giving God praise), cheerleader, advocate, voice of reason, housekeeper (when I’m tired or overwhelmed), alarm clock, life coach, errand man and etc…..aka THEEBOMBDOTCOM (dear feds, its a figure of speech, don’t put me on your list of threats. Please and thank you. πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ’…πŸΌ)

Hope this helps someone appreciate the good and the opportunities for improvement. Marriage is what you make it. Are you investing?#HappilyEverMcLin #JourneytoLove #GrowthandDevelopment#ImNoExpert #JustSharingMyHeart Β πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜

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47 DAYS IN…….

 

I’ve learned the true meaning of intimacy. It is NOT sex, lol! Sex is an event that occurs during an environment of intimacy, at least in marriage. Intimacy is true oneness of body, heart/mind and soul. And it’s built over time. The “jack rabbit ” phase is cool; what do you have after the “thrill” is gone?

Make sure your foundation is solid.

 

I received so much flack about this Facebook post, lol! I even had people asking was my marriage okay. I can’t be mad at that, I put it out there. However I want to ensure people understand. Sex is a very important part of marriage but it isn’t everything. Be sure you have something outside of sex holding you together. Our bodies are funny. There are times when you simply cannot perform. What do you have to fall back on? Just think about it.

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It’s Our 2 Month-iversary!!

In 60 days we’ve seen the best and worst of each other. We’ve explored depths of our personalities that we weren’t aware of. We’re learning to co-habitat. We’re learning our strengths and weaknesses. We’re simply doing life together and I couldn’t imagine taking this journey with anyone else. I know this time is a drop in the bucket to those who have been married for some time now. But every single day we stay committed we’re breaking generational curses, walking in covenant and exemplifying God’s love…we’ll celebrate that!!! #HappilyEverMcLin #DispeltheMyth#FirstYearStories #60daysin #4EvertoGo πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌβ€οΈβ€οΈπŸ˜¬πŸ˜¬