I remember waddling around my neighborhood while nine months pregnant mulling over every detail of the impending birth of my son. Should I delay cord clamping? Would my water break in public? How bad do contractions really hurt? Thank God I didn’t know the answer to that one, or I might have opted out of pregnancy altogether.
All of the sudden, I came upon a beat up Subaru with a bumper sticker posing a simple yet thought-provoking question: “What If the Hokey Pokey Really is What It’s All About?” My mind stopped racing momentarily as I considered this notion. Could life really be that uncomplicated? I knew I was over-thinking child birth and motherhood in general, and I knew that the added stress and anxiety I was creating for myself wasn’t ideal- Especially for my baby.
Unfortunately, my Aha! Moment was interrupted with the realization that my little boy hadn’t kicked ten times in the last hour (Yes, I’m that OCD). I abandoned the idea of a calmer outlook on life for the foreseeable future, and hustled my large prego buns home to call the doctor. Again.
After five months of mommy experience, I am finally ready to slow down, share, and relish in the good, bad, and ugly of motherhood, because at the end of the day, that is what it’s really all about.
I hope you take this journey with me and share your stories along the way.