New mama, you are about to begin the ride of your life. Right now you still might be in shock that this is happening. You might be excited or nervous or relieved that you are finally going on this ride (or maybe all those things at the same time!)
You are not just taking a spin on the ferris wheel. And this is no kiddie ride. This is BIG TIME now. You are getting on a rollercoaster I’d like to call Motherhood.
New Riders Take Note: Side effects may include but are not limited to… nausea, vomiting, cravings, mood swings, memory loss, back ache, pelvic pain, cankles, weight gain, anxiety, sleep loss, stress, paranoia, and constant worrying. You better hold on tight! It could be a bumpy ride.
WAIT! This sounds like a horrible ride! Why would anyone get on?!?
Oh yea that’s right…an adorable, cuddly new baby makes you forget all the negative stuff I just mentioned. Your baby will be the most precious thing you’ve ever seen. Those eyes, those cheeks, little nose, tiny fingers and toes.
New mama, this ride is INCREDIBLE! You will go through every range of emotion. It will be unlike anything you’ve ever been through.
Your friends and family will probably throw a shower for you and try to prepare you with the “stuff” you will need. You’ll get the baby room ready, stock up on diapers, and maybe read What to Expect When You’re Expecting. But no one will ever be able to prepare you for how it will feel to become a mommy. You will experience a whole new love. Words can’t quite describe it. There is no doubt, Motherhood will change you.
There will be highs and lows, twists and turns. You will face many challenges. The slow climb up the steep hill can make you exhausted. You might lack confidence at times or even question how you will make it. But you will. And when you reach the highest point, you will feel on top of the world. (Like after a full night sleep!) You might even think, “I’ve got this Motherhood thing!” But just when you think you’ve figured it out, you’ll find yourself racing down the hill through twists, turns, and loop-de-loops. When this happens, remember you are not alone on this Motherhood ride. Sisters, cousins, friends, your own mother, and more are all on it with you.
You will experience times full of joy. You will see the most beautiful smiles and hear the best giggles you’ve ever heard in your life. Your baby will amaze you.
Motherhood will keep you on your toes. Laughter one moment, tears the next…sometimes theirs and sometimes yours. And sometimes you will feel like you are spinning around and around. Occasionally you may feel like you will go crazy if you don’t get off the ride. It is OK to leave someone else in charge and take a little break.
I’m going to warn you about the dark tunnels. They are a scary place. You might need help to get out. Be sure to take calm deep breaths, keep your eyes on the light at the end of the tunnel, and hold hands with the person sitting next to you. Please remember your baby needs you, so you have to get out. You are strong and brave and it is OK to ask for help if you need it.
Some days seem like they are never going to end, but Motherhood truly moves fast. You will be reminded of this by ALL the riders before you. I’m not kidding, EVERYONE will tell you how fast your baby will grow up. Keep your eyes open. This is definitely something you want to see.
Here’s the thing, all babies and kids are different. So ALL rides on Motherhood are a little different too. Buckle up and enjoy YOUR wild ride!