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To say that becoming a mom was a hard adjustment would be an understatement. After 9 long months of morning sickness (yes, that’s right, 9 months) and a rough delivery, I was sure that I would be blessed with a calm and peaceful baby. Not only did my son experience extreme colic, but he never slept longer than an hour at a time. No sleep for baby meant no sleep for mom. It took my son a while to learn how to properly latch, so nursing started out as a nightmare, causing many tears from both my son and I. As the baby blues set in, I began to question everything I knew about being a mom. Don’t get me wrong, I was beyond grateful to be a mother, but adjusting to motherhood was dang hard.
About a week after my son was born, I ran a quick errand all by myself. I remember walking around the store in a complete daze – it almost felt like an “out of body” experience. I hadn’t slept for days and my son’s cries kept echoing in my ears. When I got home and saw my own mother (she was visiting to help with the baby), I burst into tears. I began expressing my many frustrations and insecurities pertaining to motherhood. I remember asking “is this motherhood?” As she smiled through her own tears, we had a little heart-to-heart that I’ll never forget. She explained that it was okay if I didn’t enjoy every single aspect of motherhood; and I shouldn’t feel guilty about not enjoying it either. The important thing was to love my son, keep him safe, cherish the precious moments, and grit my teeth (and bare it) during the trying times. She then informed me that as a new mom I was doing okay and that everything would be okay.
My mom was absolutely right! I’ve been so blessed with such an influential mother in my own life. Her words continue to guide me through my many adventures as a mom. Although motherhood can be extremely hard, the happy times provide joy that I’ve never experienced. Just last week, my son, now a year and a half, saw me from the other side of the room. He ran up to me and smothering me with hugs and kisses exclaimed, “Hi Momma!” That right there let me know that I was doing okay as a mom.
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