Motherhood has most certainly been an adventure for me. Since Sweet Pea’s birth, I’ve had ups and downs, and been round and round, like most new moms!
I have been exhausted, sleep deprived, and unable to find the time to do my hair.
I have felt panic –oh my gosh she didn’t wake up at 3 am to eat… is she still alive?– then pure joy upon the realization that she had slept 5 hours IN.A.ROW.
I have melted at the sight of her first non-gastrointestinally-induced smile and emerging personality.
I have had struggles with introducing solid foods (ahem, still struggling).
I’ve felt exasperated by the unsolicited advice from well meaning folks (hi mom, love you).
I’ve been much, much too sensitive to criticism. What? I’m not perfect???
I’ve felt the strain on my soul and my marriage when I put ME first, instead of GOD first.
I’ve been overwhelmed by the never-ending job of babyproofing the house, the endless basket of laundry, the diapers that never seem to hold it all in. yuck.
I’ve been elated at my child’s accomplishements.
I’ve been overwhelmed with love for my baby.
I’ve grown closer to my husband as we ventured into these unchartered waters of parenthood together.
I’ve had a captive audience as I practice guitar, one who claps and sings even when I don’t remotely hit the chords right!
And I love that we are our own little family.
Through it all, motherhood has truly given me a glimpse of God, and just how wide, how long, how high and how deep the love of Christ really is. And no matter where you are at, at the top of the roller coaster or stuck on the tilt-a-whirl, He is there with His perfect unconditional love.
This year our theme for MOPS is “Adventures in Mothering” and I have been so blessed to have such an awesome group of mothers to come along for the ride.