Doula Week, Birthdays and Mom

Yesterday I celebrated another birthday. This was a special one, I celebrated my first birthday as a doula and it just so happens that this week is World Doula Week.

As I reflected on the past year, all the accomplishments and all the times I was stretched and forced to grow, my mind kept drifting back to my mom.

I am the firstborn. I broke my parent’s into this gig. But it was my mom who taught me so many vital skills, many that I am using as a doula.

My mom raised us in a loving home where we felt confident to be ourselves. She taught us compassion, patience and forgiveness. She taught us to give the benefit of the doubt and look for the best in people. My mom is the most giving person I know. She thinks of others, always.

Yesterday wasn’t just my birthday, it was her birth day, too. And I couldn’t be more thankful for the mom I have.

You Just Had a Baby

Written by Ashlee Gadd

To myself, and anyone else who needs to read this:

You just had a baby.

I know your jeans don’t fit. It sucks. I know you tried on 17 pairs at Nordstrom Rack last week and almost cried in the dressing room. I know you went to Gap after that and tried on 14 other pairs and almost cried in that dressing room. I know the only thing you bought that day was a pair of sweatpants and a loose white T-shirt. It’s OK.

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Originally posted January 9, 2015 on www.wheremyheartresides.com