This is the moment I became a mom.
And my world forever changed.
In that moment I lost myself. And found a new self. A stronger, braver, deeper version of myself. A selfless self. From the moment my baby was born, I gave her everything I could. I gave her my time. I gave her my love. I gave her myself. I gave until I could give no more. And then I kept on giving.
Because that's what it is to be a mother. It's to give your heart and soul to another being. It's to love unconditionally. It's to love even when you are bone tired and feel like falling apart. It's to love when your child is throwing a massive tantrum and all you want to do is run away. But you don't. You stay. It's to love by setting boundaries. It's to love by implementing rules. It's to love by saying no. And saying yes. And saying I don't know but I will stay here and learn and dig deep and try my best. It's to love and give of yourself so deeply that sometimes it feels impossible.
Motherhood isn't easy. It's the hardest, most heart-wrenching thing you will ever do. And the most beautiful.
So today, I hope you take a moment to give to yourself. To love yourself. To celebrate the other 364 days a year that you give and give and give to others. Give that same maternal love and care to yourself. Because you deserve it.
Happy Mother's Day, mamas. You're amazing. And powerful. And strong. You are a mother. And that is the most miraculous thing.