Power PT & Sports Medicine May 2019

THANK YOU, MOMS

HONORING THE MOST IMPORTANT WOMEN IN MY LIFE

I’ll never forget finding out I was going to be a dad. I remember feeling woefully unprepared. I knew my life was going to change, but how much or in what way remained a mystery. Even when my eldest son, Micah, was born, there was still that feeling of, “What have I gotten myself into?” Partnering with her as a parent has been incredible; I could not do it without her. She is so capable and competent, and I’m so thankful to have her by my side each day. Prior to having children, Angela and I discussed what our ideal home would be like for kids, and we decided that she would focus on running our home as a stay-at-home mom. It was a big sacrifice for her to make, too, as she was on the fast track to success in her company. But Angela has taken that drive and determination and funneled it into our family, kids, and home. Now, she’s the CEO of our household. When you consider the daily organization that has to happen with the driving, errands, and planning, it’s amazing that Angela can handle that go, go, go type of environment. She And then there was my wife, Angela.

has tackled the job and owned her role, while personally, I feel like my head would explode if I were her. When I look back on the moms in my life, I’m grateful for their guidance and support, but there’s a common theme among each one of them: dedication. For example, my maternal grandmother was a very sweet, loving woman who would always tell us that she loved us and baked the most wonderful treats. But I always admired her for her diligence in prayer. She would pray for her grandchildren, family, and anyone else in her life who she knew might need it. For grandma, life was all about her family and prayer. My mom also stayed at home for most of my childhood until I was in junior high school, when she returned to work. Around this time, my parents split up, but my siblings and I never felt anything but unconditional love and dedication from them. My mom worked hard to make sure we had opportunities to do various activities, and I’ll always be grateful for that.

As you take time to celebrate the moms in your life this Mother’s Day, remember to find relief from the aches and pains that come with parenthood. For example, during pregnancy and in early motherhood, most new moms experience back pain. This is often because of the pressure the body endures in pregnancy and birth as well as the added time spent bending over to pick up the baby and the toys. Remember to keep good posture and bend over at your waist to limit this pain, and if your aches accelerate into pain, a physical therapist can help you find relief. Icing your back, using a heating pad, and stretching can help, too. This spring, I hope you’ll take the time to celebrate the moms in your life, and I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter.

–Mark Nowlin

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