Expecting Motherhood is something that I’d done my entire life. What I did not expect was the ups and downs, highs and lows, and mountains and valleys of pregnancy.
Since my first pregnancy went fairly smoothly, I thought that any future pregnancies would be the same. I was very wrong! My second pregnancy was so difficult that my doctors advised that I would never be able to have children anymore. Ever. In complete shock and devastation, I believed them.
However, the Universe saw differently. I gave birth not once, but twice after my second pregnancy! I refer to my two youngest children as my ‘little miracle babies.’
In my preparation of expecting motherhood, I wish I would have known the emotional rollercoaster that the quest and journey of pregnancy can be. I wish that someone would have told me that no matter how many times you go through it, every pregnancy is different. I wish that someone would have told me that with pregnancy, there is no blueprint, no set code, no by-the-book guidelines. That something–anything–can happen that can change your beliefs on pregnancy forever. Nevertheless, through the joy and the tears, the labor pains and the miscarriages, I can honestly say that as I take a moment to look back and reflect on it all, I am grateful for every single experience that my pregnancies gave me. Even if I had the chance to do it all over again, I would not change a thing.
I am proud to be a part of the 2014 #NakedMoms Blogging series, where Moms from across the country reveal their discovered truths about Motherhood. You can read more stories for this month by clicking on the titles below:
To Be a Better Mom You Have to Give Up by Steph at Confessions of A Stay-At-Home Mom
Motherhood As Told Through Selfies by Thien-Kim at I’m Not The Nanny
Motherhood and Expectation by Laila at Only Laila
The Time I Almost Gave Up on Motherhood by Vaneese at Mommy Works A Lot
Let’s Reinvent The Term ‘Working Mother by Joyce at Mommy Talk Show
To Let Go and Let God by Jacquie at The Sweeter Side of Mommyhood
I Didn’t Want to be a Mom by Summer at The Dirty Floor Diaries
Mothering While Introverted by Diamonte at Liberated Mommy
After Motherhood, Any Other Reinvention Is No Big Deal by Jessica at A Parent in America
Motherhood: I Give Up by Stephanie at When Crazy Meets Exhaustion
Reinventing The Feel by Brandi at Mama Knows It All
Giving Up And Getting Down by Heather at Diary of A First Time Mom
Did you have certain expectations of how pregnancy would be? Did your reality meet your expectations, or did it turn out differently? Share with me below or tell me about it at: firstname.lastname@example.org.