to the new momma's

First things first, it's Friday.  Hallelujah!  This means one thing for me - the hubs gets to be home all day tomorrow and that is worth celebrating.  Don't you think?  We'll probably do little "celebrating" and much more relaxing... but hey, that's kind of the same thing.

Babies have been on my mind lately - obvi.  Not only because we will be welcoming a new little one into our own family, but a few of my friends have as well, or will be, or recently announced a pregnancy.  With that in mind, I've been thinking about what I would tell someone who is going to be a new mom.  Not advice stuff, because we all know that new mommy's get plenty of advice, but something that would give them hope and peace and confidence... something that would remove fear and anxiety, while making them feel capable and loved.  Two things came to mind, and naturally they are not my own words, because my own words never come out providing peace and love... more just scattered, chaos words... okay, moving on. 

"As you love His children, Heavenly Father will guide you, and angels will assist you.  You will be given power to bless lives and rescue souls."  -David L. Beck  

This spoke wonders to my heart.  We have access to our Heavenly Father and to real-life angels.  They want us to feel happiness.  They want us to succeed.  It isn't uncommon to feel like our needs are so simple that they are unworthy of asking for divine help.  But, that it when I have needed it the most.  Mothers are constantly faced with simple tasks, but those simple tasks are too often more than one can bare.  I don't think Motherhood was ever meant to be easy, but it is meant to bring us great joy.  And in moments when bedtime seems too far away and that musical toy that has played for too many hours is imaginatively being smashed by a hammer in your head, you truly can find patience and kind words and offer a dancing moment or two to that little toddler running around - if not from within yourself, then from a Heavenly Father who not only loves that little rascal you spend hours with, in babbling conversations, but who loves you... for all you are, imperfect and human.  

As a mother - at any point - you will feel discouraged.  At times you will feel like a failure and you will feel like giving up.  But, accept that you will overcome those feelings because they will be overshadowed by a happiness that you have never felt before.  That happiness will come in moments where your child asks to hold your hand or calls you mommy for the first time or comes to you for comfort that no one else can provide.  You are needed.  You are crucial to our Father's plan.  And without the bad, you won't appreciate the good - so bad will happen, pain will be felt, and hard times will come... maybe on a daily basis, but as long as you are trying, you will see the sunshine and feel of it's warmth - because that is what was intended.

Luckily, throughout all the ups and downs - the ups happen much more often the downs - guaranteed!  Be patient with yourself.  Allow yourself to learn.  Always be willing to ask for help.  You are never, ever alone.

Good luck to all you new momma's out there!  You can do anything!

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