The definition of bliss is simple: Complete Happiness.
My children complete me and bring me happiness. While it is not always at the same time, they do make me completely happy.
I was also completely happy to go to Blissdom on Wednesday with Violet, my 1 year old ball of joy, and connect with bloggers and friends both old and new. I was going as an ambassador for the awesome Kleenex Softness Worth Sharing program and I was pumped. I needed a break and some girl time badly. I was supposed to come home late Friday night. Instead I rented a car and drove back Thursday afternoon and arrived in Charlotte after 1 a.m.
Let’s just say I was not happy at all when I left. But when I finally arrived home and snuggled Violet into her own crib and curled up next to my husband, I was content. You see, I am a mom first and foremost. My baby got an ear infection while in Nashville. I will not drag a baby in pain to conference sessions or put them on a plane if it can be avoided.
Things started out fine. She was okay in the morning but her drooling was getting bad. I could feel new teeth trying to come through and the front of her adorable brown Gymboree shirt was soaked by lunchtime. Violet went from happy to antsy to crabby to full on angry in a matter of hours.
By the time our “quiet time” was over she was hysterical in our room and I was missing the 2 o’clock session. She was gripping both of her ears with tears streaming down her face. I knew that she was struggling. Even nursing she was upset. I watched the minutes tick by and when I got her calmed down I tried to put her in the stroller to make our way downstairs. The hysteria came back. This was not fair to my baby.
How could I think of my Blissdom experience while my little one was struggling for comfort? I could not. I called the hotel rental car service and they were kind enough to drive to the airport to pick up a carseat and rent me a car. I emailed my fellow Kleenex ambassadors and the Kleenex team that brought me to Blissdom and apologized for having to leave. They were all so understanding. It made me incredibly calm to realize I was working with people who understood that I am a mother first. So I packed our bags and packed the car and got on the road. Can we just say HUGE kudo’s to Kleenex? I just want to say thank you for being so wonderful and understanding!
I was leaving Blissdom for my baby. After 8 hours of driving and nursing our way through the mountains as Violet’s ears protested the changes in altitude, we arrived home.
As parents, we put our kids first all the time. It is one of the most natural and still one of the hardest things about this job. Sometimes it is not about my Bliss – it is about theirs. When they need us – we must be there. We must give up what we want to give them what they need.
I am so glad I got her home and that she was able to sleep in her own bed and wake up with her family around her. It was a beautiful weekend in Charlotte and we got to be outside and take walks and play. Violet got to crawl and walk in the grass for the first time!
Now, she is napping and I am coming back to my blog. To the place where I put so many feelings.
Guess what…I am blissful. I am blessed. I am happy.
I did not get a chance to pass out my new business cards but they say…
Woman. Wife. Mother. Friend. Builder. Writer.
I am all of these things and they all make me happy. But…my family always comes first.
When have you given something up for your kids? Right now I would love to know I am not alone!
Disclosure: I was totally over the moon and happy to go to Blissdom as a brand ambassador for Kleenex and their Softness Worth Sharing campaign. Even though I had to leave, I know even more now what a fabulous company Kleenex is. This is totally my opinion and I really think that being able to send a sassy pack of Kleenex to someone you love is awesome!