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I never believed I could do it.

September 7, 2018

I used to be an elementary school teacher and ed-tech consultant; now I'm a mom of twins and aspiring children's book author.

This blog is a place for me to write about personal life experiences, gleanings from books I've recently read, past and current DIY projects, and reflective thoughts that need a home outside my heart. Here at HeartEyes, I am opening my heart and eyes to yet another new chapter of my life, and my hope is that by joining me here, your heart and eyes would be opened to a more thoughtful and intentional life.

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“You can do it.”

I will never forget these four simple words spoken to me with such confidence and encouragement by my therapist.

I’ve heard these words countless times growing up, by my encouraging parents, my brother, my friends, and my husband, but for some reason this time, it made a deep, deep impact.

We were talking about my nanny who has helped us since the twins were two months old while my husband is in grad-school full-time. My therapist told me that if I didn’t have a nanny, I would still be able to handle the twins on my own.

I have never once believed this to be true.

The look on my face must have been one of pure disbelief because she repeated,

“You can do it without her, you know. You can do it.

The moment those words were repeated, tears streamed relentlessly down my face. Why was it that everyone else believed in me, but I didn’t believe in me?

I’m not exactly sure what happened at that moment, but something did and it completely changed my mindset about having my nanny. I had been mentally relying on her way too much and it had become a contributor to my anxiety.

In the past year and five months, not once had I taken care of the twins for an entire day by myself. Half-day, yes. Full-day, no. We made sure of it. If my husband had to be away, he would either make it a quick trip (even if it included flying out of state), or we would hire help since we live far from family.

Whenever I would have to be alone with the twins, I would brace myself for the worst, and before I knew it, my anxiety would be sky high while my patience would be next to none.

This past week, due to some unforeseen circumstances, our nanny was out for the entire week. That meant I would have to take care of the twins all by myself for two consecutive full-days, from waking up in the morning to bedtime in the evening.

Had I not had that conversation with my therapist a month ago, I would have been an anxious wreck, but I wasn’t and I did it!

This girl, who didn’t even really want kids, who struggled through prenatal depression, who hated pregnancy, who experienced a terrible recovery from delivering twins, who hates being a mom, who still struggles with heart-palpitating anxiety, did it. 

I got them out of bed, fed them breakfast, cleaned up after them, got them dressed, took them to the library, fed them their morning snack and later lunch, put them down for their naps, fed them their afternoon snack, cleaned up after them, took them to the park, fed them dinner, cleaned up after them, took them for walks, bathed them, changed a million diapers, put them to bed, did the dishes, and cleaned the house. All. By. My. Self. Heck yes.

For those of you who may not know how much work it is just to take two toddlers to the library (or anywhere where driving is necessary), here is the breakdown:

  1. Get them dressed.
  2. Pack diaper bag
  3. Strap them into stroller.
  4. Push them to garage in stroller. (Our garage is detached from our house.)
  5. Remove them from stroller.
  6. Strap them into carseats.
  7. Collapse stroller and place in trunk.
  8. Drive to library.
  9. Take stroller out of trunk.
  10. Remove them from carseats.
  11. Strap them into stroller.
  12. Push stroller into library.
  13. Take them out of stroller to play.
  14. Prevent them from pulling all books off the shelves.

When it’s time to go home, repeat steps 3-13 and replace “library” with “home.”

Accomplishing this alone made me feel like superwoman.

This week made me feel like a BAD ASS and confident AF. It also confirmed the feelings I’ve had about not wanting to be a stay-at-home mom, at least not full-time. I realized the more I spend time with the twins, the less I like them and want to be with them; for every hour I spend with them, I need a few hours away from them.

I need my own time. I need time to work and be productive. I need time to see my therapist. I need time to see my physical therapist. I need time away from two running parasites. I need time for me. Without time for myself, everyone around me suffers.

I’m thankful I had the opportunity this week to prove to myself that I could keep two little humans alive on my own.

What I’m most proud of though? Screw you, anxiety. I kicked your ass this week.

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  1. csirp says:

    Yasssssss you slay!!!!

  2. camilleb87 says:

    You are amazing!!! Seriously, if I ever have kids, it will be A) obviously because it was an act of God B) and the honesty of awesome people like you. Thanks for being so real!

    • Tiffany Chan says:

      I always have a slight tinge of fear of judgement when I am being real, but I remind myself that this is just the way things are right now. No point in covering it up or pretending it’s something else. Thank you for your encouragement!

  3. Nana Forever says:

    I Love your blogs so much. I don’t have kids yet, but I struggle with similar anxiety in other things in my life. I can’t thank you enough for posting these, your words make me feel like I am not alone in own my struggle even though it’s a bit different. I look forward to every post!!

    Great job on being a tough momma, you are an inspiration to so many!

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