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Hey, y'all!

What do you need to know about me?

Hmmmmm, how about this? Three years ago I had just left Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign to start a new job at the United States Senate. I was married to a fancy pants attorney and we were living the high life in Washington, DC, with our little dog Maggie.

Now. Not so much.

Two years ago, I decided to uproot my husband and our entire lives in DC and move back to my hometown of Paducah, KY. Motherhood was my sole motivation for this move. I knew I wanted to have kids and I knew I didn’t want to raise them alone, away from my family, in the big city. I had seen too many friends struggle with the work/life imbalance forced upon them by the combination of demanding high profile jobs and lack of family support.

I’d be lying if I said it was an easy transition. My husband had never lived in a small town and was terrified by the prospect of leaving his very well-paying job right as we were about to have a very expensive new baby. However, with the support of my family and the blessing of an amazing new job opportunity, we made the move in March 2009.

As most of you know, motherhood flips your life upside down but when compounded by a new city, a new house, a new job or lack there of, OH! and the news that the baby girl you thought you were carrying is in fact a baby boy (that’s a WHOLE other post in and of itself) you start to feel inside out as well as upside down.

Of course, what I know now is all of the transition and stress and joy was an excellent practice run for being a mom. Motherhood is the gorgeous mixture of the highs and the lows - the salt and the nectar if you will - of raising another human being.

Motherhood has taught me so many things. I’ve learned that just when you have it all figured out the baby learns to walk or repeat curse words or say no. I’ve learned that a husband who truly desires to parent is rare and incredibly valuable. I’ve learned as a mother you get blamed for everything your child does wrong. However, I’ve also learned if your child is well-behaved then you just got “lucky.” I’ve learned that the two worst words in the entire English language are sleep regression.  I’ve also learned that grandparents are just about the best dang thing ever invented.

Most importantly, despite all the struggles, I’ve discovered that I love my son and being his mom more than I ever thought possible. So much so that I’ve decided to sign up for this crazy roller coaster again and am expecting my second child in early June.

Now, I have to go unpack my maternity jeans.

~ Sarah Stewart Holland

Reader Comments (2)

Congratulations to you on your new blog! I'll be following!

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermidcitysaturdays

Adding to my google reader immediately!

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

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