I just want to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day out there. While I enjoy the day of being treated extra special, it is also always a day to count my blessings and to reflect and appreciate just how lucky I am to be a Mom. Becoming a Mom was actually one of the reasons I started couponing. After 6 years of trying for a child, I was finally blessed with my son Austin, but he did make an earlier-than-expected entrance into the world.
When I was 5 months pregnant, my husband suffered a heart attack at 39. He pulled through thankfully, but between that, moving and other things going on in my life, it was a time of great stress, and I believe the reason that Austin arrived 2 months early, although I will never know for sure.
It was really rough going in the beginning, but he was a fighter for sure, and after almost a month in the hospital, he had finally reached 4 lbs and was able to come home. I did everything I could to give him the best chance at catching up. And we had great success- Austin started gaining weight and before I knew it he was reaching milestones that we were worried would never come. I was so lucky, and never felt so grateful but so terrified at the same time from my experiences that something would happen to take it all away.
Despite having insurance, between my husband’s recovery and Austin needing special care, medications and therapies in the beginning, the bills seriously piled up and before we knew it we had blown through everything despite tightening our belts as much as we could. I had never felt so desperate in my life. I was almost 40 and the life I had established was falling apart.
I could not imagine how else I could manage to stay home and give Austin the care he needed without going back to work. And that’s when I turned to couponing. Being able to prevent some insanely crazy amount of money being spent on groceries and other needs every month allowed me to put off going back to work when Austin needed me the most. And I am so grateful for it and perhaps the reason I am so passionate about trying to help others save money as well.
I am also grateful for 2 other very special Moms in my life, my Mom and my sister Kelley. When I think back about Austin’s birth, I also think about how lucky I am to have them both in my life. They are always there for me when I need them the most and I know I could not have made it through that time without them.
I was in labor for 3 days with Austin, in order to administer steroids to try and help his lungs along before he was born. Not being allowed to take any pain meds for such a long duration was not in my vocabulary and my Mother, was by my side and never left me once. She cheered me on, and kept telling me I could do it, and I know that was part of what helped me make it through. And my sister Kelley, who came right after Austin was born and helped me keep my scattered self together somehow through all the stress.
But their love and support goes way beyond that crazy time in my life. My Mother has always tried to do whatever she could to make my life easier and better. She is always there to listen and to give me a pep talk if I need it.
And my sister, who is always there when I need her, no matter what the crazy circumstances may be. I am grateful for the support and encouragement she always seems to have in endless supply. So happy Mother’s Day with Love to you both!
I know that I can be reseved and private here on the blog, but I guess I just wanted to share how incredibly lucky and grateful I am for being Austin’s Mom. He is now a happy, healthy 6-year-old and the true sunshine in my life.
So thank you for listening, and here’s wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there. I hope you get treated extra special today and that you are appreciated for all the things you do to try and make life better for your children. I wish you all the best and hope you have a wonderful day.