And, sometimes I was capable - stellar even!!! During those times, I walked around with my chest puffed out (or perhaps it was the massive amount of breast milk) and I beamed with pride. I would think "I've got this motherhood-thing down!"
And, other times I failed miserably and did not even come close to that image I had of a "good mother". I would be "that" mom - the yelling, screaming, short tempered, at my-wits end mom - that I NEVER thought I would be. And, I felt shameful, embarrassed, and was filled with failure.
Through these experiences, I came to the realization that...Motherhood is wonderful. And, motherhood is awful. Motherhood is filled with laughter and filled with tears. Motherhood is magical moments that is surrounded by hum-drum moments, and mixed up with pulling-my-hair-out-I-don't-think-I-can-do-this-a-minute-more moments. Ultimately, motherhood is a life's journey. The journey is marked with up, downs, twists, and turns. And, each mom's journey is unique, special, and incredibly life-altering.
It is my belief that The Journey of Motherhood is enhanced when moms...
- feel less alone and are supported but other moms, instead of feeling judged and competitive.
- can be 100% honest about their feelings - especially during the hard times.
- are able to be authentic and true to who they are.