Hearing your kiddo wake up at midnight & being able to recognize “this cry” is different. Something is wrong. When you go into the room, there is your baby standing up in the crib, with a hot, red face & you instantly know he has a fever without ever needing the thermometer.
Bringing your sick kid into your bed, knowing you will get no sleep that night, because your baby wants held, loved, & he especially wants his mommy.
Being beyond grateful when your husband says he will get up with the kid in the morning & take care of him while you sleep in & recover from the difficult night.
Constantly being aware of your child in the next room, even though you are asleep. You still hear all the sounds, noises, coughs, sniffles, & cries.
Watching your “Mama’s Boy” become more a Daddy’s boy every day, even taking preference to him more often. Even though it breaks your heart just a little that he reaches for Dad instead of you, you know you are blessed to have a husband who wants a relationship with his children.
Being happy when the baby asks Daddy to change his diaper instead of you!
Wondering why in the world women have more than 1 child after the all nighters with sick kids & then in the very next moment seeing a picture of a pregnant woman or seeing an infant & then thinking, “okay I want TONS more!”
Knowing that your grandmother was amazing for raising four children, your mother amazing for raising five & then wondering how in the world they ever survived.
Seeing your grandparents surrounded by their four children, 17 grandchildren, & 14 great-great grandchildren and now knowing exactly what it means, because at one point, it was just the two of them. And then you think, “I want this.”
Motherhood is a million, different things, a million different ways, & then it’s completely different for each person you meet. It’s hard, it’s exhausting, it has moments of guilt & disappointment, but it’s unbelievably rewarding, amazing, sweet, precious, beautiful….well, you get the point.
I wouldn’t give up this whole Motherhood gig for anything in the world!
What is motherhood to you? What did you do for Mother’s Day?