If I had a crystal ball that could tell me everything I ever wanted to know about becoming a mother, I don’t think I would use it. From my experiences, I have learned that it is best to not know everything ahead of time.
Before I became a mom, I was a worrier. I guess for as far back as I can remember I always have been. However, my feelings of anxiety have never been greater than the day they laid my children into my arms. I just thought I knew what worry was.
I am glad I didn’t know that the old saying, “Having a child is like having your heart outside your body walking around.” was true. That statement is one of the most accurate statements I have ever heard, now that I have personally experienced it. It scares me just thinking about it.
With my children, I experience everything through them. When they are happy, I am happy. When they are sad, I am sad. When they hurt, I feel pain like I have never felt before in my life. I am glad I didn’t know just how much greater my anxiety would be with them in the world. If I had been told ahead of time, I wouldn’t have seen it for the beautiful thing that it is.
You see, for as much as I worry about them and keeping them safe, the joy they each bring to me is something indescribable. It is because of the way they make me feel that makes motherhood what it is.
When I became a mom, I also became many other things. I became the:
- fixer of all things
Those are just a few of the roles and titles I now carry. I may not have known I would feel this way, but each and every one of the titles I now wear proudly. They are just as important to me as if I had gone to school for four years to earn them.
There are a lot of things I could say I wish I would have known before becoming a mom, but the truth is that would be a lie. I think we are doing just fine learning as we go along. It makes life more fun that way
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