Almost seventeen years ago now…my life took a drastic change for the good and I became a Mother! I was not completely prepared for the life-altering experience Motherhood would be. Oh, believe me…I read ALL the books that I could on the subject and listened intently to my teachers when lecturing on “how to be a good Mother.” It was only when I actually became a parent that I fully understood the STUFF it takes! My immediate reaction after becoming a parent: complete respect for my parents and their efforts in raising me!
In recognizing how overwhelmed I initially felt in having just one little baby, I was amazed that any two people would agree to having more than one…let alone eight! Becoming a parent is a crash course in selflessness! By Divine Intervention parents, in that last trimester, learn to exist on less sleep than they ever thought possible! …And as much as I felt sleep deprived in my last trimester…NO ONE could have prepared me for the zombie-like state I would enter in, after actually delivering my baby!
I remember the day I found out I was expecting a second baby! I had ALWAYS wanted at least four children! I was so hopeful that I would have at least two girls and two boys…companions of the same gender that each child could commiserate with! I also hoped they would come sequentially…two boys then two girls! Imagine my shock and joy when I found out our second was to be a girl…one that would be greatly protected (and was predicted) by her eldest brother!
Flash forward to today…I was not able to have my four…but of one thing I am completely certain, I am so happy my second child was a little girl! The joy she has brought to her family is far beyond anything I could comprehend! A dear friend and cohort to her older brother, a sweet helper and craft enthusiast for her mother, and a willing golf participant for her father…our little Paris has been a joy to have around! As we remembered together, over this past weekend, the one year anniversary of a fun-filled, Girl’s Only Weekend with my Mom and sisters…I am filled with gratitude! Gratitude at having been a daughter to a wonderful Mother AND the pure joy of having a daughter of my very own, ”Thank Heaven…for little girls!”
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