I wanted to write a post about motherhood that talked about how full a heart being a mother has made me, and how much joy it has brought to my life, but then I thought it would sound too cliché, too mushy-gushy. Then I thought maybe I should share about how I struggled as a mom in the beginning, but I thought too dark and depressing for what is supposed to be a happy holiday in celebration of mothers.
In truth, motherhood is a little bit of both. It is wonderful and exhausting. It is the most difficult job ever, but also the most rewarding.
Being a mother is hard.
Being a mother means not getting more than 3 consecutive hours of sleep for, at minimum, the first 3 months of your child’s life.
Being a mother means finding spit-up/baby poop or pee/ smeared food/ or boogers stuck on your clothing a day or two after you’ve been wearing it, causing an ‘a-ha’ moment for all the funny looks you’ve been getting outside of the house.
Being a mother means learning to function with one hand, or one leg, so that you may either hold your child, or they can cling to you for hours at a time.
Being a mother means catching vomit in your hands because they couldn’t make it to the toilet in time.
Being a mother is sitting on your hands, to let them figure things out for themselves.
Being a mother is being judged/chastised more severely than you have ever been in your whole life.
Being a mother is questioning yourself a hundred times a day ‘Am I doing this right?’
Being a mother means getting pushed past your breaking point so you realize that you are stronger than you thought you were.
Being a mother is to have your heart broken over and over again as your baby grows bigger, and needs/wants you less and less.
Being a mother is endless worry and fear.
Being a mother is having your toddler say ‘oOOOOOohh! Pretty!’ after you’re done getting ready for date night, then having them pick their nose, smear it on your cheek, and say ‘Boogah Mama!!’
Being a mother is being touched and grabbed by little hands a million times in a day.
Being a mother is experiencing pure joy that starts at your center and radiates out to the tips of your fingers, warming your entire body.
Being a mother is a chance to see the world as you’ve never seen it before.
Being a mother is love to the power of infinity.
Thank you Mom for being all these things, and more to the three of us.
Thank you Essie love, for being the greatest gift I have ever received.