On Motherhood

For me, being a mom is the most wonderful thing in the world. I remember the moment when I learned I was pregnant with our daughter, Reilly. I am so overjoyed that I cried especially since my husband and I went through a lot to have a baby because I was diagnosed with severe Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Having a child is really a blessing. Being a mom for more than two years (from the time I was pregnant) has taught me life’s greatest lessons as well.

Photo by: EJ Bagtas Photography

 

Motherhood is beautiful, but it is not always easy. You will laugh. You will cry. You will become paranoid and upset. Looking at your newborn sleeping is heavenly. Going through the first weeks of breastfeeding is a struggle.

 

Motherhood is a lifetime commitment. I see myself guiding my daughter as long as I live. I know she will need me even if she will have a family of her own. I know it because when I became a Mom, that’s the time I realized that I need my mom more than anyone in the world to ask for help and advices.

Motherhood is a 24/7 job. Someone will be waking you up in the middle of the night to ask for milk. Never having to go night trips to the bathroom to pee without hearing a little girl cry at the top of her lungs. No matter how tired you get, you still have to attend to all of her needs. More than having a 9 to 5 job, being a mom entails giving all of your time to your little one. Even if it means never having time alone for yourself.

 

Motherhood is discovering strengths you didn’t know you had. I need to be strong for everything. She needs to see that I will be her source of strength too.

 

Motherhood is being selfless. It’s about not eating that last piece of fries because it’s her favorite. Telling her it’s ok to eat more of your food because you are already full even when you’re still hungry. Passing on a gathering with friends because no one will take care of your child. It means putting your child first before your own self.

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