Motherhood is a precious gift. And I truly believe it is just that, a gift. It is a calling. We have been entrusted with growing, birthing and raising our children in the way they should go. I love how God knows us so intimately that He gives us each our own unique little babe(s) that are so perfectly what we need. It seriously makes me smile a huge smile just thinking about how much He loves us!
Motherhood is carrying your growing baby for almost one year. Motherhood is enduring the most physical pain that a human can endure to bring your baby earth side. Motherhood is looking in a mirror at a body that seems foreign and maybe even feeling insecure. Motherhood is loosing sleep and hair (because let's be honest, PP hair loss is real. The baby hairs growing on my head are proof.) Motherhood is working even harder at your marriage because time alone with your spouse is rare. Motherhood is being more intentional in relationships because the days can feel like a blur and weeks may pass without checking in on a girlfriend. Motherhood is allowing the dishes and laundry to pile up because rest is more important. Motherhood is crying because your baby won't sleep and you need to nap and coffee just won't do the trick anymore.
Motherhood is feeling your baby move for the first time. Motherhood is finally holding your baby in your arms and feeling like you're holding the whole world. Motherhood is seeing your baby smile and literally feeling your heart melt into a puddle. Motherhood is reluctantly waking up for a late night feeding and your baby falls asleep cuddled on your chest and all of a sudden it's all worth it. Motherhood is beaming with pride when they accomplish a new milestone. Motherhood is putting your baby's needs before your own and not even minding one bit because you know that little person literally needs you. Motherhood is loving larger than you ever thought possible. Motherhood is having a little friend for life.
I can't wait to add more rewarding things to this list as time passes and Nash grows older!
I thought it would be fun for my first Mother's Day post to ask my mom to share some wisdom for other mommas about things she learned/experienced while raising three children. You can read what she had to say below 😊
- Slow down. Embrace and love each day. As the saying goes, "time flies", and time will, faster than you think. Don't wish your days away.
- You never stop learning as a mom. It's okay to not have all of the answers!
- Do not worry. Think rationally and be concerned but don't let worry consume you.
- Remember that each child is unique. Do what is best for each one. Don't compare and be open to suggestions from other moms that may have faced a same struggle you are facing.
- When you loose your "mom cool", take a "mom break."
- Praise your child. Communicate. Hug. Say I love you often.
- Do something simple and special for yourself at least one time per month.
- Pray. Each and everyday, pray. Whether your child is a baby or an adult, the most precious gift a mom can provide to their child is to pray for them. On all days and in every situation, be thankful!
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mothers womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." - Psalm 139:13-14