Becoming a mom

“What we usually hear is that motherhood is ‘the best thing that ever happened to me,’ or
‘I’ve never been so stressed out in my life.’ But for most of us, it’s usually somewhere in between.” –Veteran Mom

becoming a mom

“What we usually hear is that motherhood is ‘the best thing that ever happened to me,’ or
‘I’ve never been so stressed out in my life.’ But for most of us, it’s usually somewhere in between.” –Veteran Mom

 The Magnitude of Motherhood

The transformation a woman goes through when she becomes a mom might be the most incredible of all human experiences. No one is more committed to another human than a mother is to her child, and the courage, passion, and strength women bring to motherhood deserves the ultimate respect. But it’s easy to forget all this once the baby is born. 

So we’re getting real here to let you know that motherhood is naturally full of ups and downs. Your experience will be joyful and frustrating, beautiful and tough, exhausting and exhilarating, filled with love and growing pains but it’s still a good time—a great time!—to be a mom.

Motherhood Can Be Tough

 Especially for first-time moms.

It’s one thing to know intellectually that caring for an infant is exhausting, but it’s a whole different thing to physically experience it. And our fast-paced lives aren’t geared towards caring for a baby who cries, nurses, and poops 24-7, so life can suddenly feel overwhelming and chaotic (especially with unyielding hormones supercharging emotions).  

And new moms are always surprised by the intense range of feelings they experience: Over a twenty-four hour period, you can go from feeling motherhood is the best thing you’ve ever done to thinking you won’t make it through the day. And we often sugar coat things, because if we admit we don’t love every minute of motherhood people might think we don’t love our baby and who wants that? As moms, we can be our own worst critics…

So just know that motherhood is a journey with many paths—some easy and some hard.

“I don’t think people talk about the hard parts of mothering, especially those first few months.”     

–Veteran Mom

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