You might not always wake up with the energy to run a marathon and back, but you’ll always feel like your job as a mother is worth it. Of course, it doesn’t come with a paycheck, but the rewards of being a mother are worthwhile.
I never knew what love was until I laid eyes on my son for the first time. I had just come out of the operating room — and 18 hours of labor. Sleep was all I wanted.
Prior to going into the labor, my nurse had asked if I’d be breastfeeding or using formula. I wanted to do everything as natural as possible so I chose breastfeeding. Seconds after exiting the OR I was told my son would be brought into the room for me to feed. I was so tired, I didn’t think I could. When he was brought into my arms, I forgot about the 18 hours of labor, the C-section and how painful was the epidural. All I cared about was he was here. My son was in my arms, and needed me.
I felt the warmth of his body, the touch of his skin and thought, “he’s here…he’s really here.” I didn’t think I’d be as excited. I always imagined the day he’d finally be in my arms, but the actual moment was nothing I could’ve ever dreamed.
My son amazes me each day. He’s learned so much the four months he’s been with us. I look forward to every minute with him. I treasure the moments. They’re priceless.
Can you share any moments as a mother that were rewarding?