Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day (tomorrow) to all the mamas out there. I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating you! You deserve it!

Since it is the eve of Mother’s Day, I want to share two pictures that are very special to me as a mother. The first is of Ava nursing when she was 2 days old, and the second is of Julian nursing for the very first time. (A big thanks to my midwife for snapping that picture. I wish I had one of Ava nursing for the first time, but I don’t think that I do.)

Ava - 2 days old Julian’s first nursing

When I look at the picture of Ava and I, I feel warmth, love and peace. When I look at the picture of Julian and I, I feel love and pure joy.

Nursing my children has been one of the most amazing experiences for me. When I am holding them close as they are nuzzled up to my breast, I feel like they are perfectly safe and secure. All is right in the world and nothing can touch them as long as they are in my embrace. I love that feeling.

It will be all too soon that they start venturing out to do things on their own.

Ava is starting a preschool/enrichment-type program in a few short weeks, and while I know she is ready and I am too, part of me wishes I could always keep her safe in my arms. Yet I know I must set her free to grow wings of her own.

And Julian bonked his head for the first time this week when he toppled over from a sitting position and into the exersaucer. I wish I could protect him from all of the bumps and bruises he will get in his life’s journey, but I know those bumps and bruises will help define who he grows up to be.

Becoming a mother has been such an amazing, life-altering experience. It has it’s ups and downs and is loaded with challenges, but it’s such a privilege to watch these little people grow, learn and love. Every day is special. Every day is something new.

I love this quote by Elizabeth Stone…

“Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart walking around outside your body.”

I feel truly blessed to be a mother.

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8 thoughts on “Mother’s Day

  1. yummy. best mothers day gifts are the babes. for real. although a nice pedi and massage and some treats are surely appreciated, too.

    happy mothers day milky moon mama.
    mb

  2. What a lovely post. I also really enjoyed breastfeeding. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I would, but – as you said – there was something about it that just shut the rest of the world out. My fondest memories are of sitting in the darkened nursery, holding her to me & hearing her little baby noises, feeling her drift off to sleep in my arms, the smell and feel of her soft, downy head. Magic. Pure magic.
    Thanks for the reminder.

  3. I can’t say I always enjoy breastfeeding, but I do find it very fulfilling.

    …and I totally get those mixed feelings about their growing independence. I want to protect Baby Diva, but I also want to encourage her to spread those wings!!!

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