3 Thoughts All Moms Have on Their Children’s Birthdays- Zoey Beale Motherhood

3 Thoughts All Moms Have on Their Children’s Birthdays- Zoey Beale Motherhood

I understand that ALL kids get older EVERY SINGLE year.

I realize that this won’t stop happening, ever, no matter how much I sometimes wish that it would. And I know that it will never stop blowing my mind.

My firstborn is 6 years old today.

He has been so excited about this day for such a long time, and to be able to wake him up this morning and remind him that THIS IS THE DAY is something I will always appreciate to the fullest, and never take for granted.

The cutest things he’s done so far today are:

  • Ask me the second his eyes fluttered open “Am I six now?”
  • Study his face in the mirror this morning to pinpoint in what ways being 6 differs from being 5.
  • Yell at his friends from the parking lot at school this morning: “I’m SIX today guys! I’m SIX now!”
  • Inquire about getting new clothes, because now that he’s six he may not still fit into everything he already owns.

Days like today remind me just how lucky I am to be a mom. How lucky I am to be THEIR mom. I can’t stop recalling details of his birth, then flash forwarding to him in a cap and gown at his future high school graduation. I can’t stop thinking about how proud I am of him, and how much he’s changed me as a person. I wonder if his baby brother will be like him and what their relationship will be like.

I also am trying to remember what I was like at his age so that I can spot the pieces of myself that he inherited from me. He is sensitive like I was, and worries about other people like I did. His creativity is something I marvel at daily. I will never get tired of hearing his off the wall ideas or watching him draw amazing and beautiful pictures.

The majority of the feelings I go through every year vary on what point of his life he’s currently in, but I noticed that every single time one of my kids gets a year older, I have these 3 recurring thoughts that I bet all moms share:

  1. “I can’t believe I have a ____-year-old.”
  2. This time next year I’ll have a _____-year-old!!!”
  3. “____ years ago today I was pushing a baby out of my vagina.”/ “____ years ago today I was having my belly cut open and my baby pulled out.”

To some people, it seems silly to get so emotional every time a child gets a little older. But the thing is we’re not emotional just because the years are passing, we’re also moved because we’ve made it through a whole nother 12 months of keeping them alive and thriving- and that’s cause for celebration in itself!

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Gender Reveal Mistake: It’s Actually A BOY!- Zoey Beale Motherhood

Gender Reveal Mistake: It’s Actually A BOY!- Zoey Beale Motherhood

When you’re expecting your third baby, and you already have a boy and a girl it doesn’t really matter what the gender of the third turns out to be. But what a twist when you spend 4 months believing that it is a particular gender, only to find out a mistake was made!

That’s what happened to us today.

I was told at a very early 14 weeks that we were expecting our second little girl in June. We had gone to an ultrasound place that specifically only does gender reveals and 3D ultrasounds, and they claimed that 14 weeks was definitely far along enough to be able to tell.

Going into that appointment, I felt so strongly they were going to tell me that I was pregnant with a boy! My pregnancy matched up so well with my first son, and my intuition was screaming BOY BOY BOY! So when they said ‘girl,’ I was a little bit taken aback, as was my sister in law who also had powerful feelings it was a boy.

Over the last 4 months, I have not only accepted the fact that we were going to have a girl, but became OVER THE MOON with excitement! My daughter would have a sister close in age just as I did and I was so in love with the name we picked out for her, (her middle name after my mother) Eevie June. My sister in law, however, was never convinced and we all have joked around since about the possibility of a mistake being made.

Currently, at 30 weeks pregnant, I went in for a routine ultrasound this morning for medical reasons and was floored when told the baby is, in fact, a BOY.

Awkwardly giggling through my tears, I yelled: “you are LYING to me!?” Turns out that medical professionals don’t do that. At least not on purpose. She turned the screen for me to see and said: “I am not, those are clearly testicles.” And by golly testicles they WERE.

It’s been hell holding this in from my husband for the entire day while he was at work but now that he knows I can FINALLY share with the rest of the world! IT’S A BOY, IT’S A BOY, IT’S A BOYYYY!!!

Book Review: You Are A Badass At Making Money By Jen Sincero -Zoey Beale Personal Development

Book Review: You Are A Badass At Making Money By Jen Sincero -Zoey Beale Personal Development

The New York Time’s bestseller You Are A Badass At Making Money knocked my socks off.

I picked it up in an airport on my way back to Sacramento after a visit home. I have read, and re-read this book over again many times since. She wrote this book for me. Specifically. And she NAILED IT.

At one point in the airport I almost gasped out loud when I read the line: ‘Have you been brave enough to read this book in public, I wonder? With the title in full view?’ because at that very moment- I was a little embarrassed to be reading it and because of that, I had been reading the book folded backward in half, in fear of anyone snickering.

What’s your relationship with money?

Do you love it and hate it? Why is it that we are ashamed of wanting and needing money? It is, after all, a beautiful means of creating a life that you feel fulfilled in living. It allows us to achieve above and beyond our basic needs. Money provides security, and in larger quantities will enable us to even give back the overflow to causes we believe in and support.

In this book, Jen Sincero helps the reader get to the root of underlying fears of becoming rich. She also asks questions that will make you reconsider your relationship with money and then goes a step beyond that in giving tools needed to reconstruct your thinking so that you and money can become friends rather than enemies.

This is an easy read!

Sincero will call you out on your bull shit, and for many of us, that is precisely the kind of swift kick in the arse we need to make the changes necessary to live the life of our dreams. Her witty charm will keep you laughing out loud throughout the entire book, and her ability to relate to the reader is uncanny.

My takeaway…

Without going into details about the amount, I would like to share that after having read this book a handful of times, I opened myself up to a sum of money so big I could have shat myself. I had never seen that kind of amount in my account before. I had a vivid dream about it the night before, and the next day got a call from my husband urging me to look at our bank account.

The exact amount that I dreamed was not in there, but the number was so close that it gave me chills. What’s more, is in the following two weeks, there was another deposit that did in fact EXCEED the amount I dreamed about. I do not lie, and I don’t mean to brag. I am only writing about this to vouch for the paradigm shift I was able to achieve by reading the insight offered from the book.

Whatever spell Jen Sincero put on me, it worked. A spell that exposed deeper feelings about what I deserve and what I am capable of achieving. Maybe you feel on the fence about shelling out the money for this book. Take it from me- you won’t be disappointed and you ought to view that money as an investment.