This whole being a mom thing is really hard. They tell you that over and over before you have kids. When you are pregnant it gets worse. Everyone in the grocery store tells you how good you have it now. All of your mom friends warn you about what’s to come….but it doesn’t really sink in until you actually do it. It’s tough. It’s tiring. It tests your patience. So many things are different about me now that I’m a mother…but one of the major things is confidence. I am so much more confident in who I am how that I’m Hudson’s mommy. During that first rough year it was easy to second guess myself. My husband and I had no idea how to be parents….were we doing it right? Was Hudson getting everything he needed? Taking care of him was all consuming…and I often worried about doing everything perfectly. But now…..now that I’ve been doing this for 20 months I know. I know I’m probably not doing everything right. I’ve made mistakes. I’ve lost my patience. I’ve cried. I’ve lost my mind and my sanity. But you know what???? If Hudson were able to communicate in sentences he would tell you this: His mama…is the best. His mama cuddles him when he is scared or hurt. His mama kisses away the boo-boos. His mama makes mac n’ cheese for dinner. His mama laughs and sings (off key!) and dances and rolls around on the floor and plays airplane and plays with trucks. His mama gives eskimo kisses every night and reads him all of his favorite the books. His mama prays with him each night. His mama loves him more than anything. His mama is doing it just fine.
Writing The Breastfeeding Diaries has been such a joy for me….I’ve met so many wonderful mother’s and been inspired by so many women. I never predicted that the series would help create such an amazing community of support….but I’m so thankful it has. Somehow other mom’s have looked to me for advice…and while I’m no expert, my advice to them has always been this: You are a good mom. Only you know what’s best for your baby. It will not always be like this. You are doing it right. Sometimes that’s all we need to hear to make things better.
Every mom could use some reassurance and a reminder that she’s doing ok, especially on Mother’s Day. Have you seen the new Johnson’s Baby commercials? They do just that…and they will also make you cry…
The Johnson’s Baby brand is committed to ensuring that every baby has a healthy and happy start through educational and social initiatives, product donations, and financial support. For every view of the “You’re Doing OK, Mom” video between now and Mother’s Day, Johnson’s Baby will donate $1 to Save the Children, up to $50,000. You can view the video above, or by clicking HERE.
Have a tissue ready.