Acting Like A Kid Again

My family and I have been at the beach for the past few days, and I have been shocked by how much I’ve been laughing lately. Maybe it’s because we are at a destination that I’ve gone to with my family every year since I was a 1 year old and it’s bringing back fun nostalgic memories. Or maybe it’s because I’m getting such a kick out of my kids enjoying it here. Or it could just be the wine. Haha. Either way, it’s so fun to sometimes act like a kid again.

I got pregnant with my daughter March of 2013, and had her that December. I breastfed her until June of 2015, and then got pregnant with my son July of 2015. So I’ve either been pregnant, breastfeeding, pregnant again (or where I’m at now which is breastfeeding again) for the past 3+ years. And yesterday I decided to swim in the ocean. This may not seem like a huge deal to some, but I hadn’t been in the ocean since summer of 2012. Even though I was a swimmer and water polo player, getting back in the ocean made me a little nervous. Especially because of how big the waves were. And as I waded in, I could hear my husband telling my toddler “Mommy’s just going swimming”, and my baby getting fussy as my mom comforted him. And for a split second I debated on just turning back to help everyone out. But a big wave made the decision for me and next thing I knew I was swimming in the ocean again.

There’s just something so peaceful and calm and refreshing about the ocean. You have to stay focused so a wave doesn’t take you out. And if you get out far enough the waves rock you gently up and down, and the water is so beautiful and sparkling and everything just smells wonderful like salt and beach goodness, with the sun shining down on your face. I only stayed in for a bit as even with all the sounds of the waves breaking I could still hear my toddler’s concerns for me about a shark and a whale. But that little bit of time was just so rejuvenating.

Later, we all went to the arcade and helped my daughter play some games and took pictures of her squealing happily as tickets poured out when she won. She was even content to “play” the race car game, even though it was just a preview of the game itself. But she didn’t care and had a blast yanking that wheel all over the place. At one point, my husband led me over to a boxing video game where you choose a character and hit a ton of buttons to do some martial arts type of fighting. My first instinct was to laugh and point out that our baby was asleep in the Ergo and that that was for kids. But then I was like, screw it. We can be kids too! It may sound silly, but we had such a blast hitting those buttons and steering our characters to “fight” each other. I can’t remember the last time we both were laughing that hard. Sure people were staring at us (I’m sure it was a funny sight, a hysterically laughing couple with a baby strapped on the woman’s chest, cracking up to the point of tears over a video game). But it truly was just so much fun.

So this weekend, I encourage you all to please take some time for yourselves and go do something you loved to do as a kid. Or something that you know will make you laugh. Do it by yourself or as a couple, because I really think that laughing is just so good for you. And even if you look silly doing it, I bet the memories you are creating are worth far more than what people may think of you momentarily. Have a lovely and happy weekend everyone!

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Nicole Benedum has been a stay at home mom for the past 3 years. Before she took on this glorious (and sometimes not so glorious) role of "All Things Motherhood", she was a Human Resources Generalist. Her days were spent dealing with legal compliance, benefits, leave of absences and everything Human Resources related. Now her days are spent breastfeeding, changing diapers, conquering potty training, tantrums and sleepless nights. She has two kiddos; a 2 year old toddler named Emily, and a baby boy named Owen. She met her husband, Sam, in college when they were both on the swim team, and they have been together ever since. She is a huge breastfeeding advocate, gentle/crunchy parent (for the most part) and a former student athlete (water polo and swimming, woot woot!) both in high school and in college. At some point in the future she has dreams of going back to the gym and/or pool. For now she shall continue counting breastfeeding and holding a 35 pound toddler and 15 pound baby as her workouts.
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