An old friend of mine is expecting her first baby any day now. In a recent email she said that she would surely be in touch for some experienced mama advice as their journey with baby in arms begins.
Her email has me reflecting on my first days as a mama. The day-to-day experiences of motherhood over the past 8 1/2 years makes me realize just how far I have come on my journey as a parent. Remembering those first few hours, days, weeks, and years of parenting – the newness and mystery, the fear and confusion, the beauty and magic and wildness of it all.
Becoming a mother exceeded my expectations in every possible way. It is harder than anything I had ever imagined. It is more rewarding than my wildest dreams. It has shaped me and made me into the person that I am today.
And so I turn to you.
How has parenthood shaped your life? What words would have brought you clarity and comfort as your parenting journey began? What would you say to yourself if you could, just days before giving birth for the first time? Would you say:
Trust your inner voice.
You only have to answer to you child.
Eat your placenta. (Really.)
You can't spoin a baby.
Take time for yourself.
Or something else?
Leave a comment below and share your loving words for all the new parents who find their way to this page. I know that many of you rarely comment, but I encourage you now to step onto this page and give this gift of your wisdom. It can be as simple as a single word or a long message of love. And for all the new parents and fresh babies out there – thank you.
Sweet blessings, friends L. and S. as this new chapter of your lives begins! It will transform you forever.