Mother’s Day is approaching and I have been sitting here reading quotes about motherhood. I am quite literally teary eyed; ok let’s be real, I’m quietly bawling. Motherhood has changed me in many, many ways – it makes me more emotional, empathetic, compassionate, and easy to extend love. Motherhood has made me a better person, albeit crazier, more stressed, & sleep deprived as well. But, what I wasn’t at all expecting motherhood to do was teach me to love everyone and their uniqueness. I like to think I have always been accepting of everyone. I’m not one to judge a book by its cover. I have tried very hard to look beyond and see a person’s heart and soul, and to be accepting of that. Maybe I just love when I am 100% accepted for me and my authenticity.
I am certain that with the birth of our second child this all-accepting trait was cemented. Because, what I didn’t expect was my second child to be the exact opposite of my first child from day one. I thought I knew “everything” about motherhood. I expected them to be similar babies and I thought I knew it all. Boy was I wrong. I learned very quickly that each person is born completely unique. From day one we are who we are. Born to be the only person in the world like that. Born to be loved and cherished for our 100% uniqueness.
When our third little babe joined the family I knew we were in for a completely different baby than the previous two. No, its not just because I am a quick learner and remembered everything changing with our second born. It was because this child was literally so different in utero. I am dead serious, this third baby, and second boy of mine, is a mover and a shaker that never for one second remains still. My belly constantly looked like popcorn was popping inside of it – kicks, jabs, rolls, spins. And, he is exactly the same out of the womb.
Isn’t it amazing how we are born into this world to be exactly who we are and not like anyone else? Let’s not judge our differences in parenting, because not only are we uniquely different, but so are our children. Let’s support each other. Let’s raise each other up. Let’s be a lending hand, a listening ear, a supportive hug, an inspiring smile. Let’s not be quick to criticize, but quick to unconditionally love. Because, after all a child’s love is unconditional and that my Mamas is how we should all love: pure, true, and without constraints.