Mother's Day; Reflections on Motherhood

Read the sequel “My Reflections on Mother’s Day, Updated.”

I've reflected on this experience we call motherhood, and when I think of how much I love my son, it takes my breath away. Being a mom has been so much more than I could have ever expected and I thank God for him every single day. Motherhood has really been the defining experience of my life (and this coming from someone who never planned to have children).

Before we had our son, Husband and I would think nothing of a spontaneous trip into the city for a midnight dinner at our favorite 24-hour dive. We were night owls; expert sleepers. Our neighbors, who toiled all week at their jobs and then arose with the birds on the weekends to tend to their little ones, felt sorry for us (which amused me) for not being really complete.

Now, I've never been one to go around pestering people about whether they're going to have kids or trying to push parenthood on others. This is such a personal decision and it's not for everybody. It's just that I never expected it to be like this and am in constant wonderment. I just didn't "get" it until it happened to me.

A special Mother's Day greeting to my mom (Happy un-Mother's Day, Mom!) and to my mother-in-law: Thank you for doing such a great job with your son and always being there for us.

To my sisters, friends, and those friends I haven't met yet, we are all bound together by this universal thread.

Motherhood is sweet and wonderful, frustratingly difficult, achingly beautiful, and we wouldn't trade it for anything.

Here's to all the mothers out there!