I realize there are downsides to a lot of things. There are hard parts to life, to school, to marriage, and especially (I can imagine) to motherhood. But I assume along with those hardships come some joy, some fulfillment, some reason you started in the first place. Let’s share those parts too.
If I only shared the struggles of marriage on this blog, not only would there be far less to read, but I bet I could convince you that marriage is exhausting and frustrating. And, if I failed to say anything else about it, I might leave you thinking thats what I believe marriage is.
Mothers, I don’t get it (yet). I don’t understand what its like to give birth, to take care of a helpless baby, or to get no more than three consecutive hours of sleep for months. But it must be more than losing hair, painful breasts, and sleepless lights or you wouldn’t keep doing it (read: having more children). In the spirit of preparedness and being authentic, I understand why we share the horror stories with each other, but sometimes, it makes us think, even if for a moment, that is all there is to it. It makes me wonder what we got ourselves into…and how in the world I could have wanted something like this so badly for so long.
So share the sweet moments with us moms-to-be too (whether we’re pregnant, married, or not). I’m glad I know a little more about what to expect, but these days I am quite grateful for the mothers who remind me why I got into this business of motherhood. I am thankful for their excitement, for their stories, and for their encouragement.
And wherever you are in life, share the good too. Share the parts that keep you going. Maybe you’ll inspire someone else, but at the very least, it’ll help you feel good about where you’re at.
For all you pregnant ladies out there – this was worth a mention: a few pieces from Pink Blush Maternity arrived and I haven’t wanted to take them off. For anyone who will ever be pregnant during fall/winter months … these fleece lined maternity leggings are fantastic (I’m wearing them right now) – and printed tunics that you can wear as your bump grows make getting dressed a lot more enjoyable. And here I was thinking maternity clothes were going to be frumpy.