10 Remarkable Mom Moments
There are a number of moments in motherhood when the searing truth of "they belong to me" hits you. These are my favorite remarkable mom moments—when time seems to stop and I truly savor the responsibility, the privilege, and the joy of raising a child.
First Night in the Hospital
The first night in the hospital after giving birth did it for me—when the last of the visitors were gone and all that was left was me and my new child in a quiet, dark room. I realized this tiny helpless child completely depended on me for everything—an “aha” moment that changes you forever.
Pediatrician visits always remind me of the responsibility of motherhood and the fact that we are our child’s most important advocates, for their health and well-being. I take notes in my head while I huddle my baby close and, for a moment, feel the depth of motherhood vulnerability.
While taking care of a sick child is exhausting, it’s usually an opportunity for us to recognize how powerful our care and gentle words are in making our child feel better. Between rubbing my daughter’s back and kissing her hot forehead, there’s always a moment when she’s sick where I feel so proud to be her mama.
Watching Your Child Perform
Recitals and big games allow us to smile and cheer our kids on from the sidelines. When my daughter is performing something she loves, I always have a teary moment where I want to tap the person next to me and proudly announce, “See that little girl? She’s mine.”
Birthdays might be the best opportunity for appreciating our role of motherhood. There’s nothing like the harmonious chorus of “Happy Birthday” and the sight of our child blowing out candles that rekindles both a flood of memories and our love for our child.
The First Day of School
I discovered this year just how emotional first days of school are. To see my child nervous and unsure and to walk away from her classroom, trusting that she was in good hands, was more difficult for me than her. Moments of letting go are always remarkable, reminding us of how much we love them.
Sure, it’s not easy when we have a thousand things to do and our child only wants Mom. I try to remember during these moments how fleeting this time is. Days of independence lie ahead, and sometimes it feels good to be needed.
Copy-cat behaviors—when your child wants to be just like you—remind us of how powerful our mama role is. They watch our every move. They learn how to be a grown up from following our footsteps. From little routines to big life lessons, we are the most important tool in shaping who are children will be.
Whenever I catch a glimpse of my children nurturing—taking care of younger siblings, loving on their baby dolls, wrapping up stuffed animals and whispering kind words—I have such a moment of mama pride. I know they learn these behaviors from watching me and my husband. What an honor!
Slowly throughout motherhood, we watch our children walk away. With new steps, new achievements and less reliance on us for their care, they grow more independent. These moments are bittersweet but ever so remarkable. We teach them to fly, and then we watch with pride as they soar.
Kelle Hampton is a mom, photographer, blogger, and author who lives in sunny Florida. To learn more about her, visit Enjoying the Small Things.
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