Lisa-Jo Baker from in(courage), wrote a book that makes its debut today. I love the title, Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected About Being A Mom. I haven’t read the book yet, but I plan to, as soon as it’s delivered!
Was I surprised by Motherhood? Yes. How?
Here are some ways-
– I felt instant love for my firstborn the second he was born. How could I love so fiercely so quickly??
-My love was MULTIPLIED for the second born. I wasn’t sure if I had enough love for a second baby because I loved the firstborn so much. But I didn’t have to divide my love. It just multiplied….and continued to multiply after each additional baby’s birth!
-I remember crying often, after our firstborn, a son, was born, because I had a better revelation of the price that God paid for my sins, by sending His only Son to die for me.
– I remember how frustrated and sad I felt when my newborn was fussy and crying for no apparent reason, and I couldn’t seem to make him feel better.
-I remember how distraught I felt when I looked around my house and saw numerous things that needed to be done, and I had NO energy to tackle them.
-I remember how tired I was when my first born ‘needed’ to be nursed every hour and a half through the night for 9 months.
-I remember how I assumed that I must NOT be a very good parent because I was frustrated and distraught and tired almost every day, and other moms looked so ‘put-together’ and happy.
When I learned that the feelings that I was experiencing were very normal, I changed my attitude.
One of the biggest surprises for me, was my need for community. I NEEDED other women in my life, more than ever. I needed their advice, wisdom, love and affirmation. I joined a mom’s group that met weekly at a local church, and many of my prayers and needs were answered!
I would LOVE to read what surprised you about Motherhood!