This weekend is Mother's Day. It is my first Mother's Day. I have been doing everything in my power to try to have a healthy family for this event after over a week of passing around a pretty tough head cold.
When my husband woke and reported he feels worse today and my baby cried in frustration of her stuffy nose I will admit I felt like I had failed. My family is not back to health yet. And no matter how hard I want to pretend, I am definitely not better yet either.
A mother's job can be very hard. After years and years of nannying and working with kids with Autism, I thought I was pretty prepared for the task of motherhood. Now as a mom I realize that is like saying I am prepared for college because I took 3rd grade ten times. All those years of experience gave me experience in different temperaments of kids and a birds eye view of different scenarios families go through. It did not train me for the ins and outs of being a mom.
Overall I think I am earning my title. I'm studying up on what I don't know and I'm all in on the hands on learning. There are days I feel I've failed and days I feel like supermom. In reality I think what matters most is that I'm trying my best and that I have a mother's love.
I'm grateful for my mom. I'm grateful for her love that has seen me through so much. I'm grateful for all the moms in my life that are there when I need advice. I'm grateful for the power of a mother's love and I'm grateful to feel that powerful love flow through me as I gaze at my child. I'm grateful for this time to specifically celebrate the moms that helped get each of us where we are today. And I'm grateful for every mom out there who is doing the best she can.
What is your best memory of your mom? How will you celebrate this mother's day?
May we remember that we are all doing the best we can. And may we honor the efforts of our moms this weekend and the power of their love. Have a beautiful day!