I am beyond honored and humbled to be chosen as one of the fifteen women to participate in the Sakura Bloom Sling Diaries, Volume VI. Over the next six months, I will be sharing posts about motherhood and parenting, focusing on a specific theme each month. Sakura Bloom has provided me with slings to use throughout the course of this series.
They say you never know the exact minute your life has changed; that circumstances and situations happen and one day you wake up and you just feel differently. It's meant to be gradual. A shift in life is supposed to be like the rotation of the sun, happening so slowly that I barely know it's happening" - J.S. Cooper
People tell you that life will change once you have a child. That life as you currently know it is over. Of course, I believed people when they said this, but I could never have fathomed how changed a person I would become.
I remember saying,"That won't be me," to my Mother-In-Law during an afternoon of shopping in the later stages of pregnancy when she suggested that I may not be as interested in the expensive purse I was eyeing through the store window after my little one arrived. "Well of course, I'll want to shop for the baby clothes, but I'll want to shop for myself just as much," I replied with confidence. "You'll see," she said. "Things are just different when you have a child." And she was right. What she was trying to get me to understand had nothing at all to do with shopping, but of course at that time I couldn't comprehend motherhood. The very second, a 6 lb, 13 oz bundle of baby boy was placed into my arms, I was a changed woman.
I loved him more than I knew it was possible to love. I didn't want him to ever leave my arms, much less to spend a single second away from him. I could spend my entire day staring into his tiny baby face, breathing in his milky scent and kissing his perfectly shaped rosebud lips and be completely content. My life revolved around him.
I didn't know that life could be this good. I was happy, I was whole. As a mother, I was able to truly find myself...and to be honest, I looked a lot different from the woman I knew pre-motherhood. Life had a whole new perspective and meaning, and I was changed woman.
And only another mother can fully understand this evolution. Only another mother can know what it's like to give so much of yourself to another human being. Only another mother can grasp exactly what you have been through, are currently going through, and will go through on this journey of motherhood. You are not alone. Motherhood in and of itself is a community. In becoming a mother, you are instantly connected and bonded to thousands of women all over the world who know and understand what it is like to selflessly and unconditionally love another human being; to want someone else's happiness over your own. We may all have different stories, but this common thread that we share, motherhood at it's core, weaves us together and unites us in a language unspoken by anyone else.
I am wearing Grayson in the Sakura Bloom Simple Silk Baby Sling in Vermilion.