Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Viewing Things Differently

Making the decision to have a child is momentous.
It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
~Elizabeth Stone
Isn't it funny how different we become and view things once we are parents? We are no longer number one - our children's needs and wants come first. It is a time we instantly grow up and learn to prioritize. Along with this comes the worry and desire to stay healthy and to eliminate risks.

When I was younger I loved to save my money and travel every chance I got. I drove in my Jeep Wrangler (a very bumpy ride I might add) from Connecticut down to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and found myself an apartment for three months. I did not know anybody there at the time and when I look back now I think about the many risks I took traveling alone in another country. I ended up living there for two years.

This was a time that I also started skydiving. I had a huge fear of heights so I figured I would jump out of a plane in order to conquer it (13,500 ft jump and 6000 ft free fall). I did this many times up until the year before I had my daughter. Would I ever do it again? Never! I am in a different place in my life now and my daughter comes first. I don't want or need to take unnecessary risks.

My adventures now include Little Chick! I plan on traveling with her and sharing the most amazing journey together as mommy and daughter!

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  1. I could never ever ever ever skydive.. You are so brave! And I thought I was an adventure seeker! haha I'm glad you are so responsible and put Little Chick before yourself, the true signs of a great mother. =)

  2. I also just really wanted to thank you for your kind comment. Those were just the words I needed to hear after a stressful day, thank you so much!

  3. I have skydiving on my bucketlist but after reading this, I think I need to take a look over my bucketlist now. My kids come first and I want to be with them for as long as I can so I think I need to cross off -skydiving, bungy jumping and snorkeling in deep DEEP water- from my list now.
    Haha! great photo Mama Hen!

  4. hi mama hen. just wanted to say that i (still) love your blog. the quote that you used at the beginning of the post grabbed my attention. it's fast becoming a favorite of mine. oh, it's good to be moms, isn't it?! what a blessing.

  5. Oh wow! I could never sky-dive - I'm so not a risk taker. But I have found too that I risk even less now that I'm a Mom. Great post!

  6. get out!!!! skydiving!!! i have a fear of heights so reading this blog made my knees go weak and my head started to spin!HA!

    seriously, i know just what you are talking about...we value this precious thing called life more because we have something so precious to live for..seeing our little ones grow!

  7. I'm so jealous you got to live in Mexico for two years! Maybe, thinking back on it now, traveling to a foreign country alone seems crazy, but I think it's amazing. While I don't regret my decision to have a child at a young age, I do sort of miss the fact that I can't do something like that now and have to wait until I'm forty to really travel alone or with my husband again.

    Thanks for sharing!!

  8. So true!! reading your blog is taking me through memory lane. It is reliving every moment I spend with my son and all the thing we did together...
    Enjoy!!! they grow up too fast.

    Love xoxox

  9. I've always wanted to do skydiving! But, the last time my fiends were going I was pregnant:(
    But wow @ driving to Mexico from CT!! Was it a planned trip or an impromptu one?

  10. Parenthood changes everything. That's a good thing. I'm glad you got to do lots of fun stuff - lots of memories to share with Little Chick!

  11. Wow! Ur daring! i always wanted to. U sure do influence me.

  12. Wow - I could never do that! I would probably have a heart attack before even jumping!

  13. You skydive! I am half envious, half freaked out. For the better part of my life I always wanted to either skydive or bunjee. Now that I've had children, I've developed a fear of heights. I'm terrified of them. How did you manage your first jump?


  14. MamaHen, it's so great you went out and saw the world prior to Lil Chick. Now you can have all those experiences/wisdom to share with her. You are pretty darned amazing!



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