Some girls at school have been telling me about this 'teen mom' show on MTV that they are really in to, so here and there I heard bits and pieces of what it was all about.
Well randomly, after putting Liv to bed and finally getting to watch the latest episode of LOST on hulu, I looked up 'teen mom'. I have to put a disclaimer here that I haven't watched MTV crap for about 2 yrs (since we don't have it) so don't judge me for staying up way to late watching this.
I just watched the last 2 episodes of the season and was enthralled.
Of course, while I watched I was relating my own experiences with theirs. I sympathized with the everyday struggles of hearing a splat on the floor and knowing it was your baby spitting up yet again or changing a poopy diaper just to have to change it again 2 minutes later. I felt the pain of not wanting to leave your baby while you go on a date or to school and then having people tell you you're a bad mother for doing it. I understood what a joke it is to try and study and take care of a baby at the same time. I was empathetic with their struggles of trying to support a baby, go to school, and stay emotionally healthy throughout it all.
A few HUGE overwhelming differences in my life compared to theirs that I couldn't stop being reminded of throughout the whole thing are
1) that I have the knowledge of and relationship with a savior in heaven that loves me
2) that I have so much love and support from family
3) that I have a husband. Not just any husband, a good one.
What wonderful blessings to be reminded of. What a difference it makes in raising a child to have someone there to help you; someone who loves the child as much as you do. Someone who loves you. Someone you can talk to who understands completely the struggles you're going through, because they're going through them to. Because of that, I don't really see those everyday poopy diaper/spit up experiences as struggles; to me they're just funny stories. Something to talk and laugh about when my other half gets home.
I'm so thankful for him.
I'm so thankful that we can be together, with our baby, forever.
I'm thankful for my full life, and most of all for the love I feel from the people in it.