It seems like after just a week of mothering a newborn again I have a cycle of phrases on repeat in my mind. Hardly an hour passes without the necessity to reign in my thoughts and take control of them. There is so much power in words - even those unspoken! Daily - hourly - I am practicing the art of holding negative thoughts hostage and replacing them with positive truths.
I am not alone.
Stay in the present.
I can do this.
The fruits of my labor will come.
It is worth it.
God won't give me more than I can handle.
I am capable.
These are things I know in my head and yet have to remind myself over & over & over again, especially in the trenches of 2, 3, 4, 5 a.m. wake - ups and endless messy diapers.
Each day is a new day that I can conquer...but thinking beyond that, well, that's going too far.
& that is the struggle for me.
How do you live in the moment?
& because I can't leave you without a photo, here is Rainer at 10:00 am today when he turned one week old!
This is as good as it gets for Halloween (oops I forgot) - let's call it a smurf? ;)