For a few days now, I have been living with the guilt and sadness of having taken a break from my career, for which I have worked since 2006. There are so many factors that made me take this decision. Some days , I feel guilty that all I do from morning to night is change diapers, cook food and clean the house. In my head, I have called myself unproductive or wasting my youthful years inside the four walls of my home.
I realized I needed a battery recharge. Or this might end up taking me down like the severe quarter-life crisis I underwent. I need to protect myself even before it starts.
I remembered the Alhamdulilah For series
book I was sent a couple of months earlier. Jotting down every aspect of motherhood I was grateful for might help me to look at my current situation through a brighter tinted glass. The book has beautiful illustration which goes with each of its sections. It is divided into 4 sections where we can jot down about what we are grateful for. Since there are many detailed reviews
already, I shall write about how I used the gratitude journal for myself.
Alhamdulilah for the basics
Alhamdulilah for her crossing all milestones.
Alhamdulilah for her first words being Pappa.
Alhamdulilah for her who fills our house with babble.
Alhamdulilah for her being interested in independent play.
Alhamdulilah for her learning how to climb down a bed/sofa.
Alhamdulilah for her who helps me relive a second childhood.
Alhamdulilah for her which taught me to use my time productively.
Alhamdulilah for her learning to eat adult sized food without gagging.
Alhamdulilah for her tiny curls which her great grandma used to call, a sign of blessing.
Alhamdulilah for ties that bind.
Alhamdulilah for a child that unites two families.
Alhamdulilah for my daughter who made me a parent.
Alhamdulilah for a supportive spouse who is an amazing father.
Alhamdulilah for motherhood which makes me appreciate my mother.
Alhamdulilah for the child who is the beacon of hope in a home which has seen so many loss.
Alhamdulilah for hyperactive toddleringdom
reminding me to make dua for my grandma – a mother of 8 children.
Alhamdulilah for my child who made me notice a different generous nature of my brother by all the toys he bought.
Alhmadulilah for Islam
Alhamdulilah for Jannah under my feet.
Alhamdulilah for the coolness of my eyes.
Alhamdulilah for making me a shepherd to my flock.
Alhamdulilah for being able to feed, hawlein kaamlein, inshaAllah.
Alhamdulilah for motherhood for teaching me the meaning of Rahm.
Alhamdulilah for an heir who can inherit from me, like the dua of Zachariah AS.
Alhamdulilah for a person who is commanded to lower her wings of mercy to us.
Alhamdulilah for a mother being worthy of her child’s good companionship, three times over.
Alhamdulilah for everything
Alhamdulilah for having a reason to learn to cook baby food.
Alhamdulilah for having a reason to frequent the parks often.
Alhamdulilah for having a reason to buy toys and board books.
Alhamdulilah for having a reason to find out nearby playgrounps.
Alhamdulilah for having a reason to read all the latest parenting articles.
Alhamdulilah for having a reason to use play-doh, soft toys and lego sticks.
Alhamdulilah for having a reason to buy cutest tiny outfits and matching accessories.
What are you grateful for today?
(The book was sent for review. All opinions and views are my own)