I wanted to take a moment here, as Mother’s Day approaches, to tell you that you’re doing great. Whether you’re expecting your first baby or your 10th, you’re doing great. Whether you’re confident about the future for you and your baby or scared out of your mind, you’re doing great. Whether you feel ready or not, you’re doing great.
Pregnancy is hard, no matter how many times you do it. It’s a long labor of love and it takes so much of you in ways you didn’t know before you ever got pregnant. But you’re doing great. Even on bad days when all you can do is doze off between trips to the bathroom to vomit or pee, you’re doing great.
Childbirth is a great unknown, even if you’ve done it before. No two labors are alike and the idea of labor can be terrifying or exciting. You’ve probably heard a million stories, read a million books and articles about what you could or should do for childbirth. You may have a 17 page birth plan or just a simple prayer that you and the baby come out safely at the end. But no matter what happens, you’ll be great. No matter how your baby enters the world, it will be great.
Breastfeeding can be like slipping into warm water or it can be a constant struggle to align breast and baby. Your milk might be too much, too little or just right. You might breastfeed for a day, a month a year. You might not do it at all and instead give your baby nutritious formula to fill that tiny belly. However you nutrure that most basic of human needs for you baby, it will be great.
Choosing the steps you take each day to raise your baby from infant to adult will be complicated. Someone will be there at every turn to offer a reason why you should second guess your choices. You have a million options to choose from for how your baby is dressed, fed, carried, or put to bed. Books, magazines, tv, your friends, your family will all have different stories to tell and different ideas to consider. Consider them or not. Choose for yourself and your baby one day at a time. Your choices will be great.
You are a mother. You are a great mother. Today, tomorrow and always.
You are great.
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