Moms Share: What Does Motherhood Mean to You?
When I posed this question to our Facebook community, I was initially surprised with how few responses it received. Then I read through the responses, and was pleasantly surprised by how fantastically descriptive and accurate they were. One of our commenters asked what motherhood means to us at EverydayFamily, and honestly? You mamas nailed it. Thanks for making me feel my feelings, ladies.
CaSandra Q., “Motherhood is the ability to feel your heart beat along with every little person you raise, whether your own or not of the same blood. It is security for both parents and children alike, knowing that you love someone so much that you would take their place if it meant they would no longer hurt. It is showing them what it means to be a good person and upstanding and productive citizen. It is knowing that you made it a difference in someone's life and gave them a chance. It is unconditional love forever.”
Bobbie B., “Motherhood is a never ending adventure, where you get to watch your child grow and learn and transform from a helpless dependent baby to an independent amazing little human. All while they push you to the brink of insanity and beyond, but you don't mind because in those frustrating and sometimes completely overwhelming moments, looking back they seem to be the best moments of your life. Being a parent is hard, but in the end it's the most rewarding job in the world.”
Amanda W., “Motherhood is simple: Pure bliss!!! Being able to hold your child's heart and raise them, is a beautiful grace. It's the tears, the boo boo, the ‘I love you', and cuddling moments that have a mommy wanting more!”
Amber H., “Motherhood is the best worst days, hugs for days, and the power to kiss away boo-boos. It's watching how happy they get when daddy gets home and rejoicing at every new thing they've learned. Waking up to a smiling face staring at you and realizing that their laughter is your favorite music. Watching the coolest and cutest, most complex thing you will ever create run around while you bite your nails. It's loving unconditionally; finding strength in yourself you didn't know you had. Motherhood is a journey well worth taking.”
Raes T., “Motherhood is a roller coaster full of ups and downs, joy and fear, and a little nausea … But in the end, it was all worth the ride!”
Lisa M., “Motherhood to me, means finally knowing the value of true, unconditional love … Having a reason to look forward to tomorrow “
Wendy N., “Motherhood, to me, means looking at these small beings I've created and feeling my heart beat stronger, and a tightness in my chest with overwhelming love, at any given moment“
Amy G., “Motherhood, to me, means JOY! Yes, there are difficult days where I am counting down the minutes, if not seconds, until bedtime; or biting my tongue to not lash out at my daughter for her sassy mouth … But when all you heard for years, and from several different doctors, was that you would never be able to have children due to medical issues, it really puts it all into perspective. I have to stop and remind myself that while she may be sassy and challenging at times, she is my miracle and I wouldn't trade her for anything in this world!!”
Moore L., “It means sharing love with another person; raising them up to be a better, stronger, more enlightened generation than what you grew up with.”
Lauren K., “Motherhood means putting your children's needs above your own, from the time of conception until the day you die. It's hard, and sometimes thankless, but it is always worth it.”
Courtney S., “Motherhood is the most exhausting, yet fulfilling adventure I have EVER been on.”
Joanna R., “Motherhood is loving your children unconditionally … Even when they wipe their boogers on you. “
Kylie M., “Motherhood is knowing the deepest love you've ever felt, and feeling it fill every part of you.”
Charli S., “Motherhood is all the dreams I didn't even know I had, coming true.”
Alicia B., “To be selfless, and to be willing to be selfless. “
Jeannie M., “[Motherhood] Is always needing wipes in reach.”
Vix R., “Sacrifice!”
Kari K., “Controlled madness.”
Nana B., “Motherhood is never going to the bathroom by yourself and never having food or drink to yourself. It's sharing your bed with a mini-wrestler, and having little tyrants running around driving you crazy! It's about hearing, ‘Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom.' all day long, fights between siblings, and a billion questions. It's about tantrums in public, nonstop chatter, and repeating yourself. Again. And again. And again. It's about tripping over toys, cajoling your kids to eat, dragging your kids out of bed so they can get ready for school, and did I mention repeating yourself? But motherhood is also about sticky, jelly fingers giving you hugs, the sweetest kisses you ever knew, angelic smiles, sweet snuggles, loving someone more than you ever knew was possible, and having dreams that are for others rather than yourself. Motherhood is realizing every crazy thing you ever put your parents through, and learning how to see the world in a whole new way. It's about learning to appreciate the little moments, and having your heart broken every time your child cries. Its a wild roller coaster ride full of ups and downs, and it's the most wonderful, amazing, aggravating, and joyous ride you can ever find yourself on. It's every little moment, and every big moment, and every second in between adding up to create the most perfect existence you could ever imagine.”
Lawana M., “Love.”
What does motherhood mean to YOU?