Motherhood is such a blessing. Your body isn’t solely yours anymore—it’s a shared space—a temple for you to thrive in and a home that provides nurture and safety for your baby to flourish. From the day you came to know of your little miracle growing within you, a special place in your heart, a place you never even knew existed, started to take shape. With every doctor’s appointment, every preparation made, every pound gained, every kick felt, every baby-name list read and every song sung, that special place in your heart grew.
“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” –Elizabeth Stone
Motherhood is unparalleled. Everything you’ve ever known about love is about to change. Being a mother is an experience that you simply cannot replicate; nor can you ever know the love of a mother until you are one. It is a love that is endless, stable, unconditional, forgiving, and relentless—it is a love that grows with every touch, every smile, every minute, every second and every moment.
“Motherhood: The only place you can experience heaven and hell at the same time.” –Anonymous
Motherhood is the biggest change you will ever experience. Yes, gravity will pull everything down that you’ve once admired for being perky. Yes, your body will change in ways you didn’t realize were humanly possible. Yes, you will have “mommy marks” on your belly, thighs and even arms—reminders that you are a warrior that nurtured and carried your precious baby—reminders of the safety that your child will always find within you. Yes, you will lose sleep, forget appointments, run late, skip on doing your make up, lose your temper, wash your hair twice in the shower, sport food-stains on your clothes and even lose parts of yourself in this new-found mommy-hood… But, do not be alarmed. These changes are necessary, these changes are beautiful, these changes are perfect—because these changes will, ultimately, mold you into the amazing mother that I know you will be—the mother that you already are.
“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.” –Anonymous
Motherhood is a learning process. You will not get everything right. You will question your decisions. You will become overwhelmed. You will cry. You will scream. You will make mistakes. When these moments of trouble arise, take a deep breath, relax, and rest assured that you are doing the best job you can. Learn to forgive yourself and be patient with yourself. I promise: your baby will love you regardless. After all, there is no one on this planet that is better suited to be your baby’s mother than you.
“A baby is born with a need to be loved—and never outgrows it.” –Frank A. Clark
Motherhood is the ultimate gift. You get the joy (and pain… but I promise, it’s worth it) of birthing a beautiful, innocent, precious new life into the world—a spectacular collision of traits of you and your partner. This brand new life is a blank slate that you have the amazing opportunity of molding into someone who is sure to succeed. Treasure every single moment you have with him because, before you know it, those little moments will pass. Be patient when he just wants to cry. Hold his hand when he needs comfort. Sing him lullabies when he can’t sleep. Kiss his boo-boo’s “all better”. Remind him just how much he is loved. But most importantly: Be his mommy.
I wish you a beautiful journey.