Being Mom

WordsByMara-Q and A

It happens at different times for us all. Somewhere between the first moment and maybe the first day or week. Somehow you realize that your whole world has changed – and you carried it inside your body for almost a year.

You’re a mom. It was a word that I used regularly but a love that I never knew from this end.

When I look at my little miracle, I’m absolutely amazed by how God can make something so precious out of love.

I’ve had a lot of ladies ask me questions about being a mom – and I’ve probably asked them too. Truthfully, there are so many variables and situations… but here are a few of the questions I’ve heard…

Random Mom Questions and Answers

Q: Is it true that you “just know” what your baby wants.
A: Yes and no. It doesn’t happen instantly. When I brought Micah home from the hospital my mom asked me if I could distinguish his cries. I couldn’t. But I thought I was supposed to. So you do all the things you’re supposed to… feed him, check the diaper, swaddle, rock or stimulate. Over the first 3 months, I had no idea what he wanted or why he was crying. But he’s getting older now and I can say, that about 85% of the time, I know what he wants. It’s a God given instinct – I truly believe that.

Q: Do you sleep?
A: Again… yes and no. It depends if he’s feeling well, teething, or growing. Most of the time, Micah sleeps through the night, but it’s not consistent. As a mom with a chronic illness, I struggle to wake up with him right now. Thankfully God made 2 parents and my husband helps a lot. Sleep is rare, but when it happens… it’s like finding a rare diamond, you never want to let it go!

Q: What makes your life so different now that you have a baby?
A: He’s my whole world and I am his! My life revolves around formula, diapers, snuggles, giggles, babysitters, schedule coordinating and laundry. So basically, nothing is the same. And that’s why I love it.

Q: Are you upset that you couldn’t breastfeed?
A: To be honest… it was totally disheartening at first. I had planned to breastfeed for the first 3-5 months but my body did not cooperate. At first, I feared judgment from other moms. But I’ve bottle fed Micah so long that it doesn’t bother me anymore. No matter how I feed him… he’s loved and he’s nourished.

Q: Everyone says that they love being a mom, but do you actually love it?
A: Without a doubt… Yes! There is nothing more fulfilling, nothing more joyful and nothing more gratifying than seeing my son learn and grow. He is my greatest love and my greatest accomplishment – there is nothing that I could possibly love more.

Q: How long does it take to lose the baby weight?
A: Ugh. Listen… it goes on much easier than it comes off. In the first month, I lost 20 pounds of just water. I’m still struggling with the baby weight but my goal was to get back to pre-baby size within a year and I believe it will happen. I got sick again only a few months after Micah was born. But I plan to get back on a regular fitness plan after my surgery in March. Ladies… remember to give yourself a break. Rapid weight loss, especially after baby, isn’t realistic for all of us. Babies require a lot of attention and it can take months until your able to find time for yourself again. Take it one day at a time and remember that you are beautiful!

Do you have more questions? Comments? Please add them to the comment section below.

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