My Motherhood Journey

>> Monday, May 4, 2015

BlogHer has given me the opportunity today to write about motherhood as part of a campaign with First Response. I have taken so many First Response pregnancy tests since we started TTC #2, it’s sort of silly. I think the person at the drug store knows me by name at this point. Regardless, I am a super-user of their products, and it’s the test that gave me my positives with our angel baby.

So, I’m happy to share this post with you.

Four years ago, I would sit alone in my quiet house holding my growing belly and dream about what being a mom might be like. That first “Mother’s Day” I didn’t know if I was having a boy or a girl. I had no idea what labor would feel like. I hadn’t even cracked a breastfeeding or parenting book. Still, I knew this new direction my life was taking would be a big change, and I welcomed it.

My first real Mother’s Day? I remember traveling to visit family in my hometown and feeling absolutely exhausted. Ada was just six months old and still feeding every couple hours. We had to stop on the side of the road on the way down to deal with crankiness and a blowout. Our nights were still segmented by crying and diaper changes at this stage. One thing was for sure: My life had definitely changed. I was still in a survival mode of sorts, but that love and bond with my daughter was getting stronger each day.

I felt more seasoned in my status as a mom by the next year. We’d been through a lot of milestones. Rolling over, sitting up, eating solid foods, crawling, walking, talking, and more. I mean, I was a pro at this stuff. Right? Whatever toddlerhood wanted to throw at me, I’d figure it out. Life was at least somewhat more predictable with an 18-month-old. Several naps had gone down to just one. My little buddy enjoyed going out to story times and meeting new friends. I also finally felt like myself physically and -- most importantly -- mentally again.

Gratitude was the theme of Mother’s Day last year. Ada was still healing from her surgery, and it took us a long time to heal as a family from everything we had gone through. I just remember spending the day quietly thanking whatever powers had watched over us and kept Ada healthy. For her doctors, nurses, as well as our friends and family. The selflessness aspect of being a mom really hit me in particular.

I knew in my core that I would do absolutely anything to see my daughter happy and thriving, and I had certainly been put to the test.

In 2015, I celebrate Mother’s Day with a new badge. I would have been around 16 weeks pregnant with our second child. I remember looking at the calendar shortly after my positive test. I thought about the wonderful surprise it would be to find out the baby’s sex around this fitting holiday and share it with family. I will forever hold a special place in my mind for that sweet soul who was with us for only a short while. No, I may not be a mother to two, but my heart did grow enough space at the mere thought of it.

What I’ve learned throughout my time as a mother is that life has major ups and downs. It’s messy and chaotic and beautiful and bright and -- yes -- sometimes tragic. Motherhood is everything I ever imagined it would be . . . as well as a whole lot of stuff I never conceived in my head. No matter how trying my experience might be at any given time, my favorite moment of the day is creeping into Ada’s bedroom at night to see her sleeping peacefully.

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