My cousin and I were talking yesterday about the joys of motherhood. My cousin’s daughter is 2 weeks younger than my daughter and both of these pregnancies were unplanned. Although we are both married me of five years, my cousin of 1 year, we just hadn’t planned to be pregnant at this time. We are both only children so our parents are thrilled to finally be grandparents but motherhood is quite an adjustment. We were discussing how we can no longer just get up and go and how every outing has to be planned.
During our conversation we talked about all the things we are having to learn and things no one told us that we wish they had and we laughed about all the mistakes we are making. For instance my cousin A was telling me that she didn’t realize that she needed to separate the folds in her daughter’s neck in order to clean underneath them and she only figured it out when she noticed her daughter’s neck had a foul odor.
My cousin is exclusively breastfeeding and she was telling me that she can not wait for her daughter to go on cereal. My daughter is breastfeeding and formula feeding so I am not as pressed to put her on cereal. I told her KoKo just got her ears pierced yesterday and she said she is going to wait until her daughter gets a year old before she gets her ears pierced.
Just talking to each other made us realize how differently we are parenting our children. She is going to start her daughter off as vegetarian and me I plan to make my own baby food. But no matter how we raise our children we both realized that we are enjoying the joy of motherhood.
Even though our lives have taken a 180 and our schedules are hectic and our sleep is erratic we are both in agreement that we wouldn’t change it for the world. When I see the smile on my daughter’s face or listen to her laughter I am filled with unbridled joy and I thank God everyday for the chance to love her.