Photo Credit: Welcome Arms Photography.
There ain’t no hood like motherhood! As we approach our very first Mother’s Day and almost a year with our little ones, we’re feeling über nostalgic about all of the special moments we’ve experienced in such a short amount of time. We recently had a chat about motherhood and thought we’d share some of our thoughts with you!
What did you wish you knew while you were pregnant?
Jacqueline: I wish there was a way to fully understand the love I was about to feel. I felt very connected to my baby when I was pregnant, but it doesn’t come close to the feelings I have for him now that he is here. There truly is nothing better!
What has surprised you most about motherhood?
Lindsay: How little sleep I actually need to function from day-to-day! Before Georgia arrived on the scene, if I was tired, then that was that: I would stop, drop, and snooze. But as a momma, a random nap, sleep-in, or lazy day just aren’t in the cards anymore, and I’m amazed by the energy I somehow muster after a sleepless night just by looking at her adorable face.
What’s the most challenging part of motherhood?
Jacqueline: For me, the most challenging part of motherhood has been making a decision that I feel is best for my child when others may disagree. There are lots of opinions out there about how to raise a child. From sleep training, to baby-led weaning, everyone has an opinion. The most challenging part is to do what I feel is right for my baby and then stick to it. I’ve had to learn that it is OK if people disagree with me or even judge me.
What’s the best part of motherhood?
Lindsay: This sounds cheesy, but I’ve really loved every aspect of motherhood. If I had to focus on one aspect however, I guess it would be the amazing bond I already feel with my little girl. Every day I fall more and more in love with her. I love the pride I feel in saying the word “daughter” or “my child” and it melts my heart when she reaches out to me and wants to cuddle just a little longer.
What’s your best advice for expectant mothers?
Jacqueline: If you are pregnant or a first-time mom, you may have fear of the unknown. Everything about motherhood was new to me. And when I was pregnant, I would worry if I was equipped to handle the challenges that were about to come. The best advice I could give is to trust your maternal instincts. You have the tools to be able to take care of your children, even if you’re not aware of them now. We just need to trust ourselves. When your child is born, every day is a learning experience. You will figure out what works for you. Do not worry!
What are you most looking forward to?
Lindsay: It’s been amazing to see Georgia blossom into this little girl with so much personality and spunk. She has a million face expressions and I can’t wait for her to add words and sentences to those raised eyebrows or cheeky grin. When she said “ma” for the first time, I may have teared up a little bit (or a lot), so who knows what emotions will come when she starts having a firm grasp of the English language.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Jacqueline and Lindsay are sisters and new moms living on the East Coast of Canada.