Motherhood is hard.
That needed to be said first.
I watch new mothers with their sleep-deprived shuffle step and their "I'll never find the time to shower again" frowns and I want to hug them and say, "Motherhood is hard, huh?"
But it gets better.
When I had my twins, my oldest was 3 years old and my daughter was 1 1/2 years old.
I was in the middle of potty training both of them.
My C-section recovery was long and painful.
Breastfeeding twins was a beast of a job.
In those first two weeks:
I got an abscessed tooth and my whole face was swollen.
We ALL got pink eye and a cold.
The toilet overflowed and started filling up the downstairs living room.
And we had a family wedding.
Put on your Sunday best kids we're going to pretend like our lives aren't falling apart!
you know what else's doesn't get said enough?
You will be better for having become a mother.
(Please understand that I mean no disrespect for those who are not mothers. I believe God loves all of His women and wishes to bless them all, no matter their circumstances. I can only speak of what I know and that is motherhood.)
Motherhood strips you of your
belief that you are a good cook (What is this? It's disgusting!)
need to control everything
disillusion that you control ANYTHING
ability to keep your clothes clean
Motherhood offers you
strength you didn't know you had
patience (I know it doesn't always feel like it)
a deep love
chance to be a full time example of good behavior
humility (because you will fail a little at being a full-time example)
I love being a mother. It is a TON of work but work has yet to kill me. Being a mother fills me with joy. It shapes who I am.
Motherhood to me
is a blessing.