2009, Motherhood Expectations:
I will have this baby naturally, no medication. I will nurse this baby with no issues because that’s the most natural thing for breasts to do. I will nurture and love this baby and not feel guilty when I have to leave him and return to work three months later.
2011, Motherhood Expectations:
I will not allow my previous emergency c-section to thwart my plans for an all-natural VBAC. I will once again attempt to breastfeed, but understand that it doesn’t always work out, and that is OK. I will love and nurture this baby while working from home, and try not to feel guilty when I have to tell my toddler, “Mommy can’t right now.”
2014, Motherhood Expectations:
Imma need that epidural after I hit 5 centimeters because VBAC = ouch. If the baby takes my boob, great. If not, formula it is. I will love and nurture this baby as I continue to lose my marbles while working from home and parenting at the same time. I will continue to believe that I have the best of both worlds, and not be afraid to admit it’s worth it, but it’s hard. I will ask for help when I need it, keep a sense of humor about things, and not feel guilty when I need some “me time.” Oh, and I’ll finally hire a professional to take some amazing belly shots. ‘Cause ya know what? This is (probably) my last time on the Baby-Go-Round and I want to remember every detail. The good, the bad, the smelly.
Motherhood doesn’t always turn out the way we planned, but so what? Breathe, laugh, love. And repeat.
On the 14th of every month, I reveal the truth about motherhood with 12 other writers. Follow the hashtag #NakedMoms and check out the links below from the other moms to find stories that resonate with you!
Awestruck and Anticipation by Brandi at Mama Knows It All
Motherhood and Expectation by Laila at Only Laila
Motherhood As Told By Selfies by Thien-Kim at I’m Not The Nanny
Motherhood and Expectation by Vaneese at Mommy Works A Lot
Motherhood and Expectation by Jessica at A Parent In America
Motherhood and Expectations by Stephanie at When Crazy Meets Exhaustion
My Motherhood Journey In Photos by Joyce at Mommy Talk Show
Expecting Motherhood: The Pregnancy Principle by Makeba at MelisaSource