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Becoming a Mom can bring on a lot of emotions. It is scary, exciting, overwhelming, wonderful, and intimidating all at the same time. A lot of things have changed since my beautiful little girl came into this world. Some of the changes were expected while others were not. My outlook on life has completely changed and so has the meaning of certain words. Becoming a Mom has changed me for the better.
No one can ever prepare you for being a Mom. No matter how many books you read or classes you take, you will still feel unprepared and clueless, at least I did. Being a Mom has certainly built up my confidence for taking risks and trying new things. Nothing dangerous, because I have a baby that depends on me now, but as far as speaking up and doing things that are going to make me and my family happy in the long run. I never in a million years thought that I would have the nerve to just quit my job so that I could be a stay at home mom. I liked having a safety net and a steady income but I gave that all up so that I could be the one to raise my daughter and not have someone else do it. I wanted to be there for her every milestone and watch her grow.
Being a Mom has made me a lot more open to my emotions. I don’t know if it is all of the hormones or what, but I can be such an emotional basket case now. I cry at movies I never would have before. Don’t even get me started on the Hallmark commercials or the ASPCA commercials. I have to turn the channel or the waterworks will start flowing. This little girl has awoken all of my emotions in me and I can’t turn them off. That is not necessarily a bad thing either.
Being a Mom has also made me more ambitious. I never would have believed that I could have started my own small business of selling things online or even make a blog work, but I am! She has given me such drive to strive to be the best mom and provider that I can be to her. I want to be able to stay home with her for a long time and she has given me the ambition to find ways to do just that. I am a lot more resourceful then I thought I was.
I gave my daughter the middle name Hope. I had a LONG labor, which also showed me how strong I am, and at the time I was just hoping that she would come out soon, hence the name Hope. Even the meaning of the word has changed for me now. Not only is it her middle name but it is what I want for her in the future. I hope she has a wonderful, happy life. I hope that I can be a good mom to her. I hope that she succeeds in whatever she puts her mind to. I hope I raise her to be a good person…..and the list goes on and on. I have so many hopes and dreams for her and our family.
I actually got the word “Hope” to put on our mantel. Dayspring has some beautiful Letterpress Blocks that you can get. They offer pre-made words or you can create your own. I created “Hope” so I could look at it everyday and be reminded of just how lucky I am to be a Mom. It is a lot of hard work but I wouldn’t trade a minute of it for anything. Well, maybe I would trade the colic and sleepless nights, but everything else I am going to keep and be incredibly grateful for. You can create your own words at Dayspring and use code LOVE20 to get 20% off your order. The code is good through 12/31/2015.
These are just some of the ways becoming a Mom has changed me. How has being a Mom changed you for the better? I would love to hear your stories.