Dear First Time Mother,
You are the proud parent of a brand new baby! Congratulations! Words cannot express how you must be feeling, but I can certainly relate. I know that as I write this letter to you that I will get emotional. Thinking about what I’m going to write is already making my eyes tear up.
Your experience of motherhood is one that millions of women have already had, yet yours is completely unique. You will, no doubt, hear, read, and see many ways to raise your child, but no one knows what your child needs better than you.
Your first night home will be extremely scary. You no longer have the 24/7 help of the hospital staff, and you have to rely on who you have at home. But guess what? You will be just fine, I promise! You were born with instincts as a woman that kicked in before your baby even arrived.
Your child will keep you up at night and you will pray for more sleep, but then you’ll panic the first time they sleep through the night.
Your child will cause you more stress than you have ever felt, but they will also be the greatest source of happiness in your life.
Your house may be messy, you may not be showered, your meals may be cereal with milk, but you will know no greater joy.
You will look at your perfect little creation and wonder how you got so lucky.
You will be your child’s best friend. They won’t care how you look, how clean your house is, or how inadequate you feel. They will only know that they love you and see you as their favorite person in the world. There is no feeling better than that.
Kisses and snuggles won’t be enough to express your love. Prayers and thanksgiving won’t be enough to express your gratitude. Smiles and laughter won’t be enough to express your joy. You are now a mother, and you have the best job in the world!
Sincerely, a fellow mother,