As I sit and wait anxiously at my annual OB/GYN appointment I instantly gasped because the room was packed. Women of all different ages and ethnicities waiting for their name to be called. I can’t help but notice all of the expecting moms. I overheard a mom sharing the news of twins over the phone with someone special. She was there for her second ultrasound appointment and today she was able to see the gender. She was thrilled that she was having a boy and a girl. Her mom was with her and she said she didn’t care the gender, just as long as they are both healthy. I definitely remember those days. Not the twin part but the excitement of seeing those ultrasounds, confirmation of those tiny swift heartbeats and the relief that everything was ok. For a minute I must admit that I got a little baby fever.
The nervousness of waiting 35 weeks to hold them and see God’s work. It is the most wonderful feeling in the world. Then you take them home and are clueless about what the next 18 years will hold. All of the joys and pains of motherhood. The sleepless nights, the leaky boobs, the doctor appointments, the first day of school, the birthday parties, the unexpected news of an illness or disorder. There are so many phases but no matter what they are your babies and the same love and excitement that you had for them from the first flutter in the womb to watching them walk across stage to receive an award never goes away.
On this journey I have met so many strong and beautiful mothers. Women who have served as role models to me and others that I have been able to mentor and encourage. It is not easy being a mom. It is one of the most challenging, exciting, loving, magical journey that you will ever experience. Some days are a lot harder than others but when I look back it was the best thing that ever happened to me. So no matter what phase of motherhood you are in right now, count your blessings and enjoy the ride!