I remember looking down into the eyes of my firstborn little girl. I was exploding with feelings of joy, relief, fear, unbridled love. I was humbled by the weight of my new responsibility wrapped up like the gift that she was. Those first moments of motherhood I will never forget. I’ll never forget that overwhelming feeling of happiness. I remember thinking how amazing it would be to always feel so happy.
Then came the midnight feedings and the 2 hour long crying sessions. For some reason those magical feelings of happiness dwindled. I found it ironic that the 9 months that I carried my baby, I longed for the day I could hear her first cry. Now the crying was comparable to fingernails on a chalkboard. One long sleeplessness night after another weighed on this young mother and my happiness wasn’t so easily found.
Then it happened. One morning, she SMILED at me. A giant, toothless, gummy, beautiful SMILE. Shortly after that, she started sleeping through the night. It’s amazing what a good night’s rest does for a new mommy! Eventually, we got into a routine and we were introduced to our new normal and all was well. Not perfect, but we were happy.
There’s that word again…”happy”. One definition of happy is “feeling or showing pleasure or contentment”. The word “happy” was the inspiration for my next tee. The statement we chose was simple, really. “Choose Happy”. This tee was made for me more than anyone. I need that gentle reminder when life isn’t 100% sunshine and roses, that I can choose happy. Instead of dwelling on the negativity that surrounds us, we can focus on the positive. I want my girls to know that while, yes, bad things happen to good people every day, it is important to look at the big picture and know that sometimes happiness is simply a choice.