Something I’ve learned the hard way is that motherhood, despite all its wonderfulness, can be awfully lonely. There is a lot of time invested in menial tasks, a lot of self-sacrifice, a lot of grunt work, a lot of feeing like your hands are tied and a lot a lot of managing all that on your own.
In no way, shape or form am I suggesting these are the ONLY feelings wrapped around mothering because I’ve never loved anything like I’ve loved being a mom. I’m just saying there is room for conflicting feelings at the table of motherhood.
Loving it and being frustrated by it. Wanting your babies to stay little forever and wanting them to be old enough to do things on their own so you can sit down for 10 minutes. Wondering if you want more kids because you love having a baby on your hip and being excited about the next phase of life that seems to have far less spit-up involved.
It’s complicated! Honestly, without a supportive group of other parents around me, I don’t know how I’d wade through all the feelings. It’s easy to get caught up in all the thoughts and forget that there are millions of other women juggling them too. And no, I don’t think any of us really have the answer to how to be the perfect mom, but I do think that knowing you’re not alone makes a world of difference.
I’m so thankful for the moms in my life (both in front of my camera and behind!!) who support me every day. The super talented woman pictured below is someone who has always made me, and countless others, feel welcomed and understood and has shared in the chaos, hardship and joy of motherhood! Thank you, Addie, for always having room at your table for the rest of us! Your heart is even more beautiful than your work, which is hard to believe because HELLO GORGEOUS!!! (See her work here!)