Mother's Day is quickly approaching. Since my first loss during Mother's Day weekend in 2017, the second Sunday in May holds even more weight to me.
My mom and mom-in-law are two of my closest friends. I love them so much and am so lucky to have two great moms when I know so many people don't have a loving mother relationship.
Not being able to hold any of my children on Mother's Day is rough though. Michael reminds me that I am a mom even though they aren't here with us but I feel guilty because I am not doing the daily work of a mom so should I really be recognized as a mom? I still don't know how to respond when people ask me if I have children. If I say no, they usually ask how long I've been married, how old I am, if I even want kids, etc etc etc. They might even jokingly say something like, "Enjoy your sleep" or "You're lucky you can keep your house clean." Sometimes I just blurt out that we've had several losses which can make the person feel awkward and then I feel bad.
I'm saying all of this as a reminder that with any holiday, grief can tend to creep in for people around you. I'm also saying this because I think ALL moms need to be celebrated and acknowledged on Mother's Day. Birth mothers. Grieving mothers. Mother's who don't have their children here on earth. Mothers who are separated from their children. Adoptive mothers. Mothers who birthed their babies naturally, with medicine, via c section and those who gave birth but never heard their baby make a sound. Mothers who feel overwhelmed. Single mothers. Tired mothers. Mothers who need a break. Working mothers. Stay at home mothers. Women who crave to be mothers. Women who don't have mothers. We are all in this together.
In honor of all of the mamas who long to hold their babies and all of the mamas who are working hard to care for their children here on Earth, I want to give away a $125 Colette Waters Photography gift card and $25 Starbucks gift card to one person. You can use it yourself or gift it to a woman in your life. I'm hoping it can bring a smile to someone's face!
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