I’ve learned that parenting can bring the greatest joys and the greatest frustrations in life. We celebrate our children’s accomplishments and we deeply feel their struggles. We take their first steps right along with them, and we sure as heck don’t get any sleep while they’re figuring out the difference between day and night.
Somewhere amidst the trials and tribulations of breastfeeding, there will be crushing sadness and despair. You’ll find yourself with a diaper blowout 100 miles from home with no baby wipes in sight, and you’ll cry your dang eyes out. And then you’ll discover what I call, “Mom Motivation.” You’ll find a mantra to pick yourself up and keep going because this little person’s entire world depends on you.
New moms, here’s my advice: find your Mom Motivation now. Look for something that inspires you to push through obstacles on your worst days. My personal Mom Motivation is a phrase that my grandma used to say to me as a child: “I am enough.” It’s a simple concept, based on her idea that God would never give us more than we can handle. I repeat it to myself daily and I know, deep in my gut, that it’s true.
I am good enough, strong enough, smart enough and brave enough to handle anything that comes my way. This simple affirmation has served as a gentle reminder on days when I’ve had colicky babies screaming in my ear. Beyond that, it’s served as a triumphant proclamation when I’ve heard melodic first words and watched little hands scribble their own thoughts, so full of possibility and hope.
Whether it be a cherished nursery rhyme, a gospel or a quote from Maya Angelou, find your Mom Motivation. Whatever gets you through the tough times and helps you appreciate the good, hold onto it.
And don’t ever forget that YOU are enough.