Motherhood. Parenthood. Wow - how to describe and write about those words? They encompass and mean so very much. It is with endless excitement that I can say both now apply to me. It's hard to believe sometimes. “I am a mother. I am a parent. I am a mother. I am a parent.” I can say it over and over again and it may sink in a little more each time, but still seems so surreal.
It's funny how my viewpoint and thoughts have changed throughout pregnancy, birth, and now motherhood. At first, I couldn't believe I was pregnant (thankfully feeling WONDERFUL and loving EVERY minute of being pregnant). Then, I couldn't believe I had given BIRTH. I mean, wow! “I have given birth!” Again, I can say that over and over and it may sink in a little more each time. THEN, the craziest and most exciting part...I am a MOM. A mother. The happiest, excited, most grateful person to help guide, support, and love on the cutest little boy ever. Yes, cutest. :) ...but I may be a little partial.
Having a 7 month old, I can say the past 7 months have been the hardest yet the most wonderful at the same time. What a whirlwind. On the one hand, I can't believe it's already been 7 months. On the other hand, I feel like he has been in our lives forever. He is my complete joy.
We learn more and more each day about each other and I am grateful every single day. He has grown and changed so much in 7 months and I am continually torn between wanting to freeze time to enjoy him at this very age and looking forward to the future to see what exciting times lie ahead.
Before I became pregnant, I used to look at mothers of young children and think, “Wow, they are so lucky to be parents.” Then after I became pregnant, I would look at mothers and think, “Wow, they survived giving birth.” Now that I have given birth, I look at mothers and think, “They have a 2 year old… a 10 year old… a 30 year old! I wonder how they handled this or that?” But in all of that, I remind myself that I also have endless experiences ahead of me and I look forward to every moment!
I could not imagine these past couple months without the support from my loving husband and family. Each and every day my husband shows his kindness, patience, hardworking, unconditional love and strength to me and our son. For that, I am forever grateful. My husband, our son, and our families are my true happiness. They help me along my motherhood journey. They make my beautiful story...my life.
Intention: To encourage Mom's, both current and those that hope to be, that we should all support each other. Be thankful for those that do and enjoy every moment with our children.
Lindsay Shively lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and dog, Abby. In her free time, she soaks in every moment with her beautiful family and enjoys getting things checked off her to-do list. Even though that may be a bit trickier lately with a 7 month old, she wouldn’t change it for the world.
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