raising kids

First of Many Babies

I can remember the day we watched the pregnancy test turn blue. My husband and I both turned to each other and said, “We’re gonna have a baby.”

So many thoughts went through my head. “Will I be a good mother?” “Will I know how to take care of my baby?” “Where can I go for advice?” Since I’d lost my own mother when I was a little girl, this question was especially important to me. And, this was before the internet existed–probably before the idea of an internet even existed.

I didn’t have many places to turn to ask my questions. I felt awkward asking other women that I didn’t know well. We didn’t live close to my mother-in-law and this was back when we had to pay for every minute of long distance.

So, I learned through trial and error. I made way too many mistakes to even count. Fortunately, my son was resilient and he was able to weather all of my mishaps. Because at the end of the day, I truly wanted to be a good mom. I wanted to embrace everything I could about motherhood. I tried and tried and tried. I fell down, but I got back up. I laughed and cried and prayed and cried some more. But, I didn’t give up.

My son is now 31 with a family of his own. And he was the first of ten kids. I’ve learned a lot over the years and I want to create a place where other moms can come and ask questions and find answers. I want to share my humorous, scary, hard, joyful journey as a mom, and now a grandma.

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I hope you’ll check back here often. And, I hope you’ll find something useful that will make your journey a little better.

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