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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Motherhood moments

When I had my second child I remember one distinct moment in my life with them that began to change how I viewed my world.  I was at church and my daughter, then around 18m, began to get fussy.  I had dealt with this, this was normal for me.  Most children don't like sitting for an hour just listening to people talk.  I began offering her toys and such, but it looked like they just weren't going to cut it this time around.  So I began to pick up my stuff, preparing for a swift exit, when my son, about 2m, began to cry also.

This was new.  I looked in dismay at my two crying children.  So, I shouldered my responsibility and tucked one child under one arm, the other under the other arm and out we went.  As I was walking, I thought to myself, "what have I gotten myself into?"

I've had many moments like that since then:)  But I look back on that now with fondness, of the young mother I was and of who I have become because I choose motherhood.  Because of this, I have felt the need to include just basic thoughts on motherhood and I'll post them on the side...these will be my motherhood moments.  These are the moments that I look back to as defining who I am today.


Pam said...

I sure love reading your posts. I am a bit of a junkie when it comes to anything regarding birthing and anything to help mothers. Keep up what you do!

Rachel said...

Thanks...I'm a bit like that too:)

Birth is a Journey: Does it have to be life changing?

  • One woman might have to climb on an overfilled boat, risking her life and nearly dying as she escapes over the ocean to come to this land. This experience could certainly be life altering. It may very well color the rest of her life, positively or negatively. (I overcame this amazing struggle and here I am triumphant! OR Holy crap, that was SO hard I don’t know if I can go on! By the way, neither response is “right”. No one would judge the woman with the 2nd response.)
  • One woman may buy an airplane ticket, sit on a comfortable 747 and fly to America with a nice smooth flight and landing. She is happy to be in America. Those welcoming her are glad she is here safe and sound. She may only travel by plane 2-4 times in her life, so it is pretty memorable. But the journey itself probably wouldn’t be life changing; it would simply be a journey.
  • One woman may learn to fly an ultra-light plane to lead a flock of geese into America teaching them to migrate. This experience could certainly be empowering and life altering.