I’ve been feeling really excited and inspired lately as many of my friends are expecting or have recently become mothers for the first or second time – it seems like another lifetime that my daughter was a newborn. Early motherhood, especially as a first timer, is so many things – overwhelming, beautiful, scary, and exhausting to name a few. If you find yourself wondering if it gets easier, rest assured it will.
There is one day I remember very clearly, my husband had just returned to work after his two-week paternity leave and I was home alone with the baby all day. I don’t remember exactly what started the tears, but once they started rolling – I was balling. I called my husband in tears, with a crying baby, and we were both so loud he couldn’t hear a thing.
The vision he must have had on the other end of the phone of his wife and newborn daughter battling it out for the loudest cry must have been pretty humorous or terrifying. But when we reconnected, he calmly told me I could do it – the tide would eventually turn, the days would become easier, and I was doing a great job.
I am writing today to tell you – the tide will eventually turn, the days will become easier, and you are doing a great job.
There is no secret formula, no quick fix to understanding motherhood. You will have good days and bad days, long days and sick days. You will wake through the night, visit the doctor, worry, hold hands, wipe noses, kiss boo-boos, teach lessons, hope and pray – you will give it all, even when it doesn’t feel like enough.
There is no right or wrong way to be Mom – you will find a voice. Surround yourself with people who support, uplift, and inspire you.
You can do this.
You are mom – the loving, compassionate, goofy, beautiful, smart woman who maybe has a bad hair day every once and a while, but seriously, YOU ARE MOM – you are enough.
On the worst days, when all you want to do is fall apart, remember exactly who you are and how incredibly special you are.
You are the world and the best Mom.