Being a Mother

Before becoming one myself just 6 short months ago, I never truly knew what it meant to be a mother.

I never knew, before being a mother, just how challenging it could be. Forgoing my own wants and needs to care for those of another. Busy days. Sleepless nights. It often feels like the weight of the world is on my shoulders. After all, the health, happiness, and wellbeing of that precious life is in my hands. 

I never knew, before being a mother, just how fast time goes by. He was tiny, and now he is not so tiny. It happens in the blink of an eye. Each moment is fleeting. They slip away quickly and quietly. Now more than ever, I am trying to live in the present and soak it all in.

I never knew, before being a mother, just how strong a mother’s love could be. I didn't know that you could miss someone who you just laid down to sleep in the next room. And when that sweet baby boy looks up at me with his big blue eyes and a smile filled with adoration, it feels as though my heart might burst from all the love it holds for him.

Now that I am a mother, I know that being a mother is a beautiful privilege and one of the greatest joys in life.

And so, today I celebrate all mothers––the past and the present, the old and the new, mothers-to-be, mothers-in-waiting, and mothers-in-heart.

Here’s to you, moms.