My biggest (and most extraordinary) accomplishments

The other night, MT and I were watching something on television about a married couple- one half of that couple being an Olympic athlete and four time medal winner.

MT commented that it must be so weird to be married to someone who is so accomplished.  I jokingly replied, “It is much better to be married to someone like me…who hasn’t accomplished anything!”

Then I looked over at Addie, who was resting in between us on the couch, and I followed up my remark with, “Well, I’ve accomplished two things,” referring to Addie and her brother.


Even though women give birth and care for their children every day- without receiving any gold medals- I am still extremely proud of my two little accomplishments.

I’m very fortunate to be able to stay home with my children (a blessing that I do not take for granted), and it has been especially rewarding to watch Michael grow and develop his wonderful personality over these past 20 months.


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I love when he makes loud noises when he sees elephants on television, in books, or where ever.  I love when he comes “flying” into the kitchen on his ride-on airplane with a huge smile on his face.  I love how he does a little dance while he excitedly waits for me to pour him a cup of milk.  And I love those rare moments when he manages to sit still and cuddle with me on the couch because I know that those won’t happen forever.

While raising a toddler is certainly not always a walk in the park (although sometimes we do walk in the park), I have so much fun playing with Michael each day, and I am so proud to call him my son.

I haven’t found a cure for cancer, and I haven’t won any Olympic gold medals (or any medals at all), but I do feel pretty accomplished knowing that I brought two sweet little children into the world (with the help of my husband of course).

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And yes, all moms think their own children are extraordinary and amazing, but that’s the way it should be, right?

This post is brought to you by Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford- the top-ranked children’s hospital in Northern California for over a decade.  Stanford Children’s Health wants to remind all parents that what makes your kid extraordinary isn’t  just the epic stuff. It’s the little things. The small moments that maybe only you see — and quietly celebrate every day.

You can share your love, hope and pride for your extraordinary kid by creating a free personalized video that captures what makes them one-of-a-kind. I made a video of my own which you can watch here, and I have to confess that I teared up a bit when I watched it.  Michael is growing up so quickly, but I am trying to make sure that I appreciate every single day with him…even when he drives me crazy!

 Let me know if you make a video of your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or any extraordinary kiddo in your life.

Happy Weekend!


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  1. I have accomplished something pretty amazing myself. No one could have a smarter, sweeter or more beautiful accomplishment than me….except maybe every other mother out there.

  2. barbielovess

    Hat kind of mil do you give to your 1year old?

  3. barbielovess

    Oops typo haha…what kind of milk do you give your one year old?

    • We use Horizon Organic 2%. I used to give him whole, but the doctor said 2% was fine since he eats so much yogurt and dairy. I am actually working on a post about his eating habits. 🙂

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