Let’s just say this week was extremely eventful. I think I almost peed my pants twice. Ok maybe that was due to my uterus pushing more on my bladder, but still! JR threw a tantrum right when I was having some serious round ligament pain one day. That was a bit tough. The poor little guy was tired. I did get up after it passed and as soon as I put him over my shoulder, he passed out. I’m excited to combine Ten Things of Thankful and Finish the Sentence Friday this week! The sentence to finish this week is “when I was a kid, I really believed that…” and I’m letting you know that these are all things that I no longer believe and some of them, I’m thankful I don’t.
1) I really believed all babies were fed from a bottle. I had one aunt that breastfed around me a few times, but that didn’t really stick out too much in my mind because everyone else, from what I remembered, put formula in bottles for their babies and fed them that way.
2) I really believed everyone celebrated Christmas and birthdays. As a kid, these were the two things I looked forward to the most. I got gifts and it was about me on those days…it was way too exciting. I don’t think it ever crossed my mind that some people actually didn’t celebrate one or both of these days.
3) I really believed I would always be close to my natural family; in proximity and relationship. When I was little, extended family was everything. Cousins were more like brothers and sisters and grandmothers and aunts and uncles, were more like second parents. I couldn’t fathom the idea of getting married and moving far away. I always thought things would be just as they were.
4) I really believed when women had babies they all went to the hospital. Home birth? What is that? Birth center? I never heard any of those ideas or terms until I was pregnant with JR.
5) I really believed when it was time for someone to have a baby, they would be somewhere and the water would break and spill everywhere to let them know it was time. Let’s just say I watched too many movies and hadn’t been around too many women to see what actually happens for most women when they go into labor. Up until my labor started with JR, I actually thought I would have to go to the hospital once it began. Most labors last for hours! Let’s just say I had no idea what I was getting into! Haha!
6) I really believed all kids went to school. Home school? I don’t even think I remember ever hearing this when I was growing up. If I did, I probably thought it was strange and weird as most people do when they grow up thinking sending kids to school is the only way.
7) I really believed all successful people went to school, got good grades and played sports, then went onto college. Who knew that some people took different paths of school from K-12, some don’t go to college and yet these individuals are still able to provide for their families and be what they believe is considered “successful.” I knew one way growing up. I am thankful I have learned different since!
8) I really believed all women did the same thing as the men with grade school, college and then work. Homemaker? What was that? I don’t think I ever thought about who would take care of my kids if I went back to work and all of that. I was pushed to do it the one way so I don’t think kids and how I would actually take care of them ever crossed my mind until I started working after college.
9) I really believed dreadlocks were only worn by black people. Then one day when I was in college or high school, a white girl came to my church with dreads. I couldn’t stop looking at her hair. I had no idea this could be done with this texture of hair. I honestly didn’t even think I had the texture of hair for it. Lo and behold, since that moment when I met Jamie, I have seen tons of photos and white people with dread locks and now I’ve even started my own.
10) Did any of you play with barbies or dolls? I thought I was going to collect them and play with them forever! Nowadays, I haven’t even thought twice about even keeping some as collectors items.
I’ve changed a lot over the years and I am still evolving. I’m very happy about that. I continue to ask questions and grow each and every day. It’s a beautiful thing!
Is there anything that you believed as a kid that you no longer believe to be true? What are you thankful for in general this week? I’d love to hear about it!