On being present

I’ve been working on being totally present in each moment, giving it my all. It’s not always easy, my focus strays or the unexpected things that life is so famous for, come up. The difficulty for me in being totally present in each moment isn’t that the moments are boring; because God knows they are sitcom worthy. The difficulty lies in being perceptive enough to know what should accompany us in those moments. 

I’m realizing more and more that whether I want it to be there or not, there’s a double standard with Judah and Jacob. Judah needs full attention nearly 100% of the time. He hardly ever gets those multitasking moments where I’m washing dishes and meeting his needs, simply because his needs can’t be met that way.

 Jacob’s typical two year old brain understands most of the time the there are things that need to be done. Most of the time multitasking, folding laundry together, is significant quality time for him. Then sometimes, it’s apparent that nothing should accompany us, not laundry, not dishes and sometimes not even trips to the park. Sometimes I just need to be right there, letting him fill the moment.So this week, I’ve been tinkering with the balancing act. Finding a new groove. That’s the thing about motherhood, you find a groove and it works for a while and then, slowly, like growing out of a comfortable pair of shoes, it doesn’t fit anymore.

As Jacob’s maturity level increases and his desire to do age appropriate activities grows past Judah’s interests, I’m learning how to let him fill our moments with those things while balancing Judah’s needs. The give and take of life, setting aside what we want for the happiness someone else, that’s the key. In this new groove, Judah is learning more independence and impulse control and Jacob is learning that he’s just as important.
 And I’m taking in the beauty around me. I’m learning to stop with all the “let’s get it done” and just enjoy. I’m learning it’s just as important to devote my all to the balance act of a new groove as it is to pull my head up from the mom-duties for a minute to chat with fellow moms at the park or even take bike rides by myself.

These kids, growing up the way they do…I feel a little like a rubber band, being stretch from all angles. But I feel good. I feel somewhat accomplished and maybe even slightly successful in this new groove.

Veterinary medicine

Veterinary medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, disorder and injury in non-human animals. The scope of veterinary medicine is wide, covering all animal species, both domesticated and wild, with a wide range of conditions which can affect different species.

Veterinary medicine is widely practiced, both with and without professional supervision. Professional care is most often led by a veterinary physician (also known as a vet, veterinary surgeon or veterinarian), but also by paraveterinary workers such as veterinary nurses or technicians. This can be augmented by other paraprofessionals with specific specialisms such as animal physiotherapy or dentistry, and species relevant roles such as farriers.

Veterinary science

Veterinary science helps human health through the monitoring and control of zoonotic disease (infectious disease transmitted from non-human animals to humans), food safety, and indirectly through human applications from basic medical research. They also help to maintain food supply through livestock health monitoring and treatment, and mental health by keeping pets healthy and long living. Veterinary scientists often collaborate with epidemiologists, and other health or natural scientists depending on type of work. Ethically, veterinarians are usually obliged to look after animal welfare.

Deepwood Veterinary Clinic

11 December 2018

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