Dear Moms, Don't Forget YOU
Becoming a Mom has easily become the most rewarding and challenging thing my body has ever done. I had moments where I sat back in amazement of my body, it grew life. The life of my most treasured son. Other moments I felt anxious watching how fast it changed. Not having enough time to mentally prepare for how I would look or feel. I had moments where I loved my bump and others where I felt uncomfortable and not sure what to do with this new body. Pregnancy is a short journey of immense change. Than you hold your baby for the first time.
You life holds new meaning. I see life in a whole new perspective, or one that I lost in the beliefs of the society I grew up in. I see things in the eyes of my son. He is fearless, bold, innocent and pure. He loves freely, he is determined and never gives up. He fails and gets back to it. He doesn't have any expectations, just a zest for life and all of the excitement it brings. He has taught me to love myself deeply. It was because of him, I got back to work. I let go of my expectations of my old body and accepted my new one. The one that acts as a constant reminder of him. It isn't always easy because sleep is broken, schedules are changing just as fast as they grow. However, it is important in all the transition that you push yourself into the equation. Taking time to feel and be your healthiest will help you feel more comfortable as you take on all the new challenges. You'll be more patience, because there is stress as a new Mom. Let's face it. You have never done this parent thing before. It takes planning, it takes standing up for yourself. It takes accountability. It takes love. I believe that the more time we take to love ourselves, the better we can love others. It is supporting yourself, so you can support others. It is not feeling guilty that you as a Momma need a little down time. You need time to socialize, interact and reconnect with yourself. It takes patience. It may hurt. It will be frustrating. You may feel you spent more time holding your babe, than holding weights. I just encourage you to keep trying. Keep at it. Don't give up. Don't be too hard on yourself. Just remember you. Get to know yourself again, we all deserve that.
Don't forget YOU. Ever.