Monday, May 11, 2020

#MommyMondays: Reflecting on my First Mother's Day

By Jo Anne
Jo Anne
As Mother’s Day passed, all I could think about was how quickly these past eight months have gone by. As hard as motherhood may feel, I would say it pretty much comes naturally, but also passes within the blink of an eye. And for all you mothers who think they’re not doing enough or always have a basket of laundry unfolded (which has always been the case for me since I started doing laundry), you are doing amazing.

For most of my fellow first-time mommies, we made it to our first Mother’s Day and I think that counts as a lot.

Don’t get me wrong, I love being a wifey to my husband, but if there was anything I was meant to be in life, it was BJ’s mommy. Another reason why I decided to start #MOMMYMONDAYS was to share my knowledge with all the other moms who may be afraid to ask questions just because we’re expected to know what to do, right?

Sometimes it frightens me to be vulnerable with my followers and being so transparent with my mistakes as a mother, but I’ve learned that a diaper rash or a scratch on BJ’s face isn’t a mistake, it’s a lesson.

We imagine that for the rest of our little one’s life, we will be teaching them what we know or learned throughout our lifetime, but in reality, they’ll really be educating us along the way. With nine months (really 10 as my husband says) of waddling, labor, delivery, post-partum depression, body changes, and so much more that you wouldn’t have imagined, sometimes we wonder why we even agreed to bear children. But the following passage from Lorna Byrne’s book, “A Message of Hope from the Angels,” reminds me every day:

“I have been trying to find a way to explain just how important being a parent is. Angel Michael has told me to remind you that your child chose you as its parent, just as Jesus chose Holy Mary to be his mother and Joseph to be his father on this earth.
Your child has chosen you as its mother or father. Hard as you might find it to believe, your child – when it was still a soul in heaven, before it was conceived – chose you to be its parent. It chose you, knowing everything about you, the good and the bad. Even knowing that you might not be the best father or mother, it chose you over all others.”

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