They say that a mother’s love is indescribable. That it consumes your every thought and moves mom’s and mom’s-to-be to tears. My mother has always said that to be a mother is to constantly worry. “I have three hearts out in the world. I just want to protect them from hurt and pain,” she once said to me. That’s because motherhood is all about nurturing and protection.
And it scares me. I am not a mother just yet though I want to be. I can’t imagine how it must feel to love with such ardor and vulnerability. I’ve never loved someone as selflessly, as openly and unconditionally, as mother’s love their own. For me, being vulnerable is one of the scariest emotions to experience, yet mom’s feel this every day of their lives. All of these things got me thinking about the milestones they experience…here are seven of the most vulnerable moments in a mom’s life.
When Kids Are Sick
A friend of mine has a son who has battled kidney problems since birth. Her most vulnerable moment, she says, is to “have to depend on doctors.” Not because she doesn’t trust them. On the contrary, she counts on them. But because she feels like her hands are tied. There is nothing she can do to treat her child’s ailment permanently.
When You First Bring Your Child Home
When women give birth, they are exhausted. Luckily they have nurses and doctors on call to help. But what happens when you bring your child home? It’s all you. And you feel very vulnerable. Or as Maria, a mother of a boy, said, “It really hits you. You have someone that relies on you completely.”
Their First Everything
When my niece said her first word, my heart literally melted. I cried. I rejoiced. I felt so moved because my little one said, “Dada!” It is an amazing moment. When a child says his or her first word, takes his or her first step, goes to preschool for the first time – or any first for that matter – it means that your child is growing up.