“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.