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“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” —Sophia Loren
I am a mother to a one year old and this past year has been life changing. This will be my second "Mother's Day" but I don't really see it that way.
I have been a mother for a little over 365 days. That means everyday since the day my little girl was born! I have enjoyed her company every single day. I have enjoyed watching every smile, every move, every milestone. There is no way that I could celebrate being her mommy only once a year! One day just cannot hold it.
I do see it this way though. "Mother's Day" is nothing but a pleasant and gentle reminder, for me and all you beautiful mothers, about how amazing we truly are! Yes, we are.
From day one, or maybe even before that, our children become our priority. We go through excruciating pain just so that they can arrive safely into this world. We do whatever it takes to make that happen. And when it does, all the discomfort and pain is forgotten. Sometimes slowly, but surely! Everything we do revolves around them. We sacrifice a LOT- from sleep to our careers and from friends to even our favourite foods and drinks! And we do it with the purest form of love.
We gain weight, we lose hair, we go crazy at times, we scream and shout, we even cry for no reason sometimes but all that is nothing compared to the love in our hearts for our children. All the pain and tiredness fades away with just one smile, or hug or kiss from them. We have a connection with our children that is beyond words. It is simply beautiful. We are always there for them and will be every step of the way. We nurture and love them like no one else can.
Can all this be celebrated on one single day? I don't believe so. I think we are so caught up taking care of everyone else that sometimes we forget just how special we are. And that means we don't celebrate ourselves and our role as mothers everyday! So, if anything, I see "Mother's Day" as a time set apart for us to look back on just how much we've accomplished and to pat ourselves on the back.
I believe motherhood is a blessing. It is a joy that is incomparable. It is a miracle. A privilege. It is forever. It is Everyday.