The Joyful Paradox of Motherhood

The Joyful Paradox of Motherhood; Reflections from a Mother of Twins

Our Author, Katrina Otto

Families Connect is proud to share a blog post written by Katrina Otto. Katrina is a native of Ireland, now living in Gallatin, TN. She is a qualified nurse, studying holistic nutrition.Mother with twins

She loves food, especially food with a healthy vibe. Katrina wants to show people how simple and yummy healthy food is, so much more than plain salads. It’s all about mouth watering desserts, delicious smoothies/bowls, amazing treats when you need a sweet fix and dinner time filled with veggies. Katrina believes you should nurture and love your body. This way of eating is not about starvation but instead it’s about living and embracing a positive, healthy way of life.

Katrina is also the mother of young twin boys, who were born early and are thriving.

Here is Katrina’s blog:

Motherhood is Hard

Thormund is done eating and now it’s Wilder’s turn. Oh these babies are my life, but let’s not forget motherhood is so hard. Suddenly, I have two babies who need me all the time. No more sleeping in. No more leaving the house when I feel like it. No more sporadic get away trips or dinner dates with my hubby. I understand that all of this is temporary, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s all new to me. 

These last few months have been exhausting, overwhelming, stressful and AMAZING to be sure. I just wish we could all be a little more truthful about how hard this Motherhood thing is.  Time and again I’ve heard moms and dads preach about how amazing it is having children, (and it is!) but certainly not all of the time. Often their words accompany wonderful social media posts of smiling babies and doting moms, who I’m sure were up for hours the night before. 

We Doubt Ourselves

On top of feeling overwhelmed as first time moms, we have to deal with the worry that goes on in our mommy brains. I worry that I don’t know what I’m doing and whisper “WTF?” so many times a day, I lose count. Honestly I don’t know what I’m doing. But that’s okay. So for any new moms, or super qualified moms, I see you all. Mom life is not easy and let’s not be so hard on ourselves. 

Our Heart Explodes with Love

I adore these boys more than anything on this planet.  All of these sleepless nights and early mornings are exhausting, but once I have them in my arms nursing them, my heart could explode with all the love I have for them both. Amy Poehler described it perfectly when she said:

“I love my boys so much I fear my heart will explode. I wonder if this love will crack open my chest and split me in half. It is scary, this love.”

Torrey Swan is a former pediatric nurse who now spends most of her time chasing two red-headed        daughters.  Her favorite hobby is cooking with a proclivity for mexican food and margaritas.  She has resided in Nashville since the age of 11 and has been married to her husband, a Blackhawk pilot for the Army, since 2008.

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