“Affirmations are positive statements that describe a desired situation, and which are repeated many times, in order to impress the subconscious mind and trigger it into positive action.”
Well it turns out having a toddler and a newborn is quite a bit of work, even if you do have a cleaner and a Swedish husband*. Your real life takes up the space of your virtual life and then your blog dies.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been positively absorbed by the new addition to our family. What a treat she is! I’ve been blessed with another easy baby to take care of and a big sister who loves being a big sister. Cuddles. Feeding. Rocking. Sleeping. Feeding. Cooking bad meals. Finger painting. Feeding. Swearing when the TV doesn’t work. Feeding. Rocking. It’s meant the death of my blog but the birth of a lifetime of love.
And speaking of births, for some reason – me being God’s favourite – the birth story of my dreams came absolutely true. I don’t know how this happened, as all signs pointed to the opposite being the case, but it totally happened. I am now of the thinking that positive affirmations do work and I’m hooked on them. Turns out, Oprah was right. All you have to do is write what you want to have happen down, and then sit around waiting for them to occur. Or in my case, all you have to do is write what you want to happen down, make other people read it, and then sit around waiting for them to occur.
Point in case. Prior to the birth, I’d written the following scenario and thankfully it was an accurate blueprint for what went down when it was The Time:
- Nup, I didn’t even need any drugs, it was a truly beautiful and natural experience.
I am totally surprised to report that the above turned out to be true. Most people who personally know me will find this hard to believe, as I hold an Olympic medal in the Wuzz Bag event, however, it was a very natural and beautiful experience. Upon immediately entering the delivery room I heard the words that every women wants to hear at that time, “you’re open 10 centimetres” and “the baby is about to be born”.
- Well you know how it is with a second baby and all, I coughed three times and it just flew out…
And whilst I certainly didn’t just cough three times, the second baby was a much easier walk in the park of excruciating pain.
- My Swedish isn’t top top, but I clearly heard the nurses using the words; ‘champion’, ‘goddess’ and ‘an inspiration to all’.
Well the nurses spoke English because by that stage my comprehension on any other language went balls up, so I did clearly heard the words ‘you are the bravest women I have ever met’ and ‘how did you manage to give birth yet look so fabulous, who does your hair?’.
- The nurses said it was the quickest and cleanest delivery they had ever seen.
She actually did say it was one of the quickest.
- Yep, the newspaper wants a picture of me, something about Non-Swedish Swedish Mother of the Year…
Well I’m sure one of my editors are just about to call…
- The nurses all agreed, they said it was the most beautiful baby they had ever seen!
O.K so I didn’t actually hear them say this, it was more implied by way of gestures and body language. With a silent nod, I knew what they were thinking.
So as you can see, the similarities between the written word and the actual experience were pretty much spot on, which has reaffirmed my belief in the power of words and positive affirmations. Thus for this coming autumn I am going to try these positive affirmations:
“May my sourdough bread I’m about to attempt for the first time, be a thing of beauty and impress all who behold it.”
“May the baby start sleeping through the night … tonight.”
“May autumn in Sweden be beautiful, but not cold.”
What positive affirmations will you be working on?
*Swedish husbands are highly recommended. They do more than their fair share of household chores and are a whiz at taking the kids to the park so you can get some sleep.
You lucky duck. The birth stuff sounds about as positive as it gets!
It absolutely was a good as it gets. THANK GOD. It balances out the first one…
Wow! After such a great experience perhaps you’ll go back for more?!?!
And I’m pretty sure you’re forgiven for ignoring your blog. You have other far more important priorities!
My affirmation: I will become fit and healthy and not even have to work at it. (From my fingertips to God’s / Oprah’s ears!)
I love your affirmation and I am sure Oprah gives you her blessing 🙂
Congratulations! I have been there with a toddler and a newborn. I also believe in the power of positive affirmations! Thanks for sharing. Here is to hoping your bread was just as you hoped it would be.
Thanks, everything seems to be going well although my hands are rather full…
Love that the delivery was straight from your blog! I hope the baby sleeps thru the night too! My affirmation is to magically lose 8lbs by the end of his year with minimal exercising 😉
I think your affirmation is very similar to mine, the more minimal the better!
Oh i love this, a super positive birth story, congratulations!! Second time round i had twins, shocker, naturally, one head first, the second breech – she was pulled out be her little feet. Very neat, clean & tidy, i was incredibly relaxed (oh i did have an epidural but wasn’t having any of the Caesarean drama, not with a toddler to chase & twins to hold, never) & it was beautiful. I had a really positive mind set & yes, for the 4th, i pushed him out in a few pushes, while holding the phone talking to my husband 4500km away & video taping the delivery in the reflection of the mirror. It just wasn’t that hard. Some of us are really born to breed!! Congratulations again on such a lovely experience, as for blogging, i didn’t start until my 4th & last baby started preschool, i was just too busy with raising children, mind you, blogging wasn’t as popular way back then. Love Posie
Oh I am so impressed! Upside down twins, a husband away and still you managed to film it! That is very, very impressive. I cannot believe you did that!!!! I’m sure your hubby was glad so he didn’t miss too much…
Yes, I am happy to of had such a positive birth experience, it was just a fabulous thing to go through. Gee whiz 4 kids, I shouldn’t complain about being busy with just two!
Awesome! I’ve booked one of those in. 🙂 Glad to hear big sister is loving her jog. How is little sister taking it? Can Swedish hubbies train Aussie ones?
Well the little sister is pretty good but the big one has so much love to give, it can be a bit over whelming. But this just seems to spur the big one on!
My positive affirmation: may my husband find his inner Swedish husband and take the kids to the park more often so I can lie around.
P.S. You’ve been missed, goddess of laughter and mirth!
Thank you EBM!!!!! Glad to hear I’ve been missed. I hope your affirmation finds its path find IKEA.
So glad to hear that it all went so well.
Thanks! Unbelievable but true 🙂
Tee hee, sorry for introducing you to Fred Bare, the gear is fantastic!! Love Posie
You finally had the baby. Congratulations, beautiful!
Thanks! Yes, she finally decided to arrive!!