Pause + Recognize // You’re doing SO good.
I’m rereading and processing all the powerful responses to the last post regarding what can be a blindsiding transition to motherhood. It’s comforting to know there are so many mom’s out there who, too, feel the need for a cozy space to talk candidly about the hardships. Whether that be a traumatic birth, nursing hurdles (and the associated stigmas when we can’t), not feeling the way we think we “should” about this phase, going back to work what feels like far too soon, or the insane pressures we place on ourselves to meet our preconceived standards - there are so many important facets to explore and we’ve just skimmed the surface. But for now, what stands out is this:
Y O U are the purest, most potent expression of L O V E. Yes, you, with the tears in your eyes as you soothe your inconsolable baby to no avail or plug in your pump for the tenth time today in attempt to stimulate your supply. The reason you struggle is because you want to provide the warmest welcome for your little being. When your reality doesn’t live up to what’s idyllic, you feel you’ve failed the most important test. And it hurts. Badly. The weight of every outcome and decision in motherhood feels impossibly heavy.
Today, let’s choose to see our hard to digest feelings for what they represent, which is abounding love. Even if your love is hard to feel at times because you’ve been temporarily swallowed by sleep deprivation, paralyzing anxiety, hormonal shifts, even a cracked nipple (😳). I promise ~ you will surface ~ in your own time and way. And that first uninhibited inhale will illuminate parts of you only your obstacles could uncover.
You’re doing SO good. Remember this. Tag or DM a mamma who could use this message today.
It’s been a couple of rough days, somehow I managed to get a stomach bug just in time for the weekend...
I’m much better now (and I dare say I feel slimmer 😉) and back to the civil world. I’m planning a Ghostbusters marathon before bed; just a light tea and a couple of biscuits will do for tonight.
Hope your weekend has been good; have a lovely night.
Sono stati un paio di giorni un po’ brutti; non so come, ma sono riuscita a prendermi un’influenza intestinale giusto in tempo per il fine settimana...
Adesso sto molti meglio,(e oserei dire mi sento anche più magra 😉) e sono tornata al mondo civile. Penso che mi farò una maratona di Ghostbusters e un te e biscotti prima di andare a letto.
Spero il vostro weekend sia stato migliore del mio; dolce notte!