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Hi! I’m Katie. Thanks for stopping by Filled with Grace. For my first ever blog post, I thought I would write about what I love!
Since my daughter served as my inspiration for blogging, I decided that I should write about 3 reasons why I LOVE motherhood. This is not an all inclusive list by any means! It is more of a snap shot.
Here are 3 reasons why I love motherhood.
1. The Bond
Before I had my daughter, my mind raced with thoughts like “What if we don’t bond?” “What if I don’t know how to take care of her needs?” and last but not least “What if I fail as a mother?”
Many others have these same thoughts and fears! Repeat after me. It. Is. Normal.
I like to think of parental bonding as falling into one of two categories. The instant category and the building blocks category.
I fell into the building blocks category. I remember thinking that something was wrong with me after giving birth. I wondered why I didn’t have an immediate “head over heels” bond with my daughter. You see I had fed in to the narrative that there is a one size fits all experience. I found out that this was a huge LIE.
Think about this. You and your child need to get to know one another. This is a brand new human being. Once you bring your child into the world, it can feel like you are meeting a complete stranger! This is completely normal. It takes time to learn your child’s likes and dislikes, what makes them smile, how to meet their needs, and to build your confidence as a parent. It is then that you begin to build that deep long-lasting bond that will stand the test of time. It was truly a wonderful experience that I was glad to have.
Breastfeeding was a daunting experience at the beginning of my journey into motherhood. I was so afraid that my breastfeeding journey would not work out.
Did my milk come in? Was this supposed to hurt? Why do I feel more like a milk machine than I do a mom? Any of these questions ringing a bell?
Thankfully those questions were answered, and we settled into our routine. Not only was I nurturing my daughter, but I also nourished her little body. We just recently successfully completed 15 months of breastfeeding.
Are you curious about what it takes to have a successful breastfeeding journey? Check out my upcoming breastfeeding blog.
3. Raising Up The Next Generation
Last but not least, I love that I am raising up the next generation.
It is a holy calling to raise up my daughter in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4) You see not only am I charged with the care for and development of my daughter but I am also called to counsel and warn her of potential harms. As a parent (if you are one), you are called as well. But guess what? God does not leave us alone in this calling! He promises to protect our children (Isaiah 49:25) and also gives us the promise that our children will not depart from our teachings as they grow old (Proverbs 22:6).
These three reasons why I love motherhood are just the tip of the iceberg. If you are expecting your first child or your fifth child, it is always nice to take a moment and remember the reasons why you wanted to become a parent. It is so easy to forget that our children are only this small in this moment. Let me know what you enjoy most about parenthood.
Take each day and live presently.