But thank goodness for those moms that have gone before us. Veteran moms, you talk us off the ledge and take our emotions in stride. You give us hope when we can't find any, and show us the next step to take when we can't even see the path. While books, the internet and our mother's intuition can teach us a lot, there's nothing like the help, empathy and advice given by a more seasoned mother. And I just want to take time to thank you today on behalf of all first-time moms.
When we look at you, you're our hope that things will get better and that someday our lives will be bigger than just well-checks and pacifiers and swaddles. You teach us to not freak out and gasp when our child hits their head, but to laugh and clap instead so they don't cry. You make minivans look cool - and prove that a three-point parallel park job with a big rig can be done. (Even if it was in five points, who's counting?) You confirm what we've always wondered deep-down - that parenting books are written by a bunch of robots who've never actually parented in their life. You tell us where the best baby sales can be found, and how to stack coupons so you never pay more than $5 for a pint-sized t-shirt. You calm our fears about our baby's reaction after shots, remind us that breastfeeding isn't always a guarantee, and teach us that a runny nose isn't the end of the world.
You prove to us that people can function well on little sleep for long periods of time (Dare I say years?), and teach us about Target's free cookies, when to size up on diapers, and what apps to download for the plane ride. You swap birthing stories with us, welcoming us to the club with a big 'ol birthing badge of honor and the most delicious meal we've ever tasted delivered right to our door. And even though our husband doesn't understand them, you confirm that ugly cries are totally understandable.
You show us the joy in having tea parties in the living room, making semi-accurate truck noises in the kitchen and that reading the same book aloud 3,000 times in a row is totally worth it. You show us how to remain calm when we're out and there's no changing table to be found, water for our formula or private place to nurse because we're still learning and haven't quite mastered our technique yet. You teach us which sippy cups to buy, how to decipher the great big world of carseats, and that a trip to Starbucks can always turn the day around.
You show us first-hand what it's like to love your child without bounds, unconditionally, irrevocably, forever. You prove to us that going through hard things with our children can be done with grace, love and compassion, and is just apart of life. You teach us how to be an advocate for our child, to take interest in what they're interested in, and to how to be their biggest and loudest cheerleader in life. You show us how awesome it looks to be on the other side someday as a grandma, and make us hope and wish that someday, we'll get that chance too. You remind us, over and over again, that motherhood is one of the best things that could ever happen to a woman, and that raising a child well and who is loved is one of the best and biggest accomplishment one will ever make in life.
You make us want to keep going on this motherhood journey even when we're in the deepest of trenches.
So thank you. Thank you for blazing the trail, lighting our path and being an example. Thank you for your constant encouragement, problem-solving skills, and ability to laugh and cry with us. We can only hope that someday we can pay it forward as our journey continues on, and that the advice and support you showed to us can be passed on to the next group of first-time moms.
So if you haven't heard it enough already: Thank you.
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