Dear New Mom,
Congratulations. You are an amazing human being. You have given the past 10 months of your body, your intention and your spirit to grow this little being. And you just met her.
You may have changed everything. You stopped drinking coffee, you ate better, you stopped going out, you saved your pennies so you could have the birth you wanted, the crib you wanted, the perfect baby carrier. You made changes, whether small or big, to give your baby the start she deserves. You are the best.
We may have never met, but you are so loved. You are now in a community of women (and men) who appreciate what it takes to get here. Far from a finish line, this is the beginning of motherhood, the most fabulous journey.
The next few weeks/months can be hard. Breastfeeding can be rough, the nights can be long. The next few weeks can be messy, and you can feel a million combinations of emotions. But the stress that you are enduring is all because you want to do it right. You want to be the best. You want the best for your baby. Let me tell you, you’re already there. Your intentions, your love, your touch…she feels it all and she’s soaking it in.
Reach out to me, to your friends, your cousins, your sisters, other parents. Tell us when it’s hard, and when you need help. This is not easy for everyone, and the ones who make it look easy are typically louder than the rest of us. These next few weeks can challenge you.
This is a beautiful time; it has a romantic chaos about it. You will look back on it so fondly, yet it may seem so anxious. Embrace your comfort person, perhaps your partner, who loves you so much and looks at you as the strongest, most impressive person in the world.
To every new mother, you are amazing. Take it easy on your self. Take a breath, hold your baby, enjoy your new family. Take pride in the changes you have made to create this little beauty.
You are the strongest woman.
Dear Rosemary’s Mom, and every new mother, nice job. Congratulations, now go rest.