On Mother’s Day

I had a small person in bed with me early this morning. (Note to self: never post on Facebook about how well your child is sleeping.) I enjoyed the cuddles though, and figured that was a nice way to start Mother’s Day.

When he woke up for good, he jumped out of bed and ran downstairs. I could hear the pantry door opening and closing, and knew he was going to get the surprise he had made for me at preschool. (Except it wasn’t a surprise because he had told me what it was.) He came back up and promptly started to open my gift. It was a small box he had decorated, with a picture of him and a poem on the lid, and it was filled with Hershey’s kisses. It was very sweet, and I will keep that box as one of my treasures, but it was the sheer joy and pride with which he presented this gift that I will always remember. That feeling is what being a mother is all about.

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In celebration of Mother’s Day, I’d like to point you to two beautiful things.

There’s a Mother’s Day Rally today on Postpartum Progress. Every hour on the hour you’ll find a letter from an amazing writer to new moms. The stories come from those who have suffered – and survived – a postpartum illness, and I have no doubt you’ll be inspired (whether you’re a PPD survivor or not). My letter will be posted at 7 p.m. ET, and I’m honoured to be part of this group on this special day.

Another wonderful place, not just today but every day, is Mamas’ Comfort Camp. This is a Facebook group started by my beautiful friend Yael from Postpartum Depression to Joy. I’ll let her describe what it’s about:

This group is a refueling station, where mamas from all over the world come together to vent, stomp, laugh, cheer, high-five, and, more than anything, share deeply, and support each other in a completely safe space.

It’s open to anyone, and it’s not just about PPD. It truly is a space where you can do all that. Read Yael’s post¬†about the group for more and to find out how to join. I’d love to see you there.

And finally, I leave you with this, which I know to be true. Happy Mother’s Day.

best-mom

 


 

Comments

  1. Oh, Robin, thank you so much for mentioning Mama’s Comfort Camp in this post. I’m loving having you there as a Den Mother with me.

  2. What a beautiful gift from your little boy. Hope you had a beautiful Mother’s Day.

  3. That joy that they have when they do things like that? That’s exactly what being a mother is about. Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  4. Michelle says:

    I remember being with you on Mother’s Day last year and wishing silently that a small part of you recognized the amazing mother you were and are. I also remember thinking that I would celebrate with and for you.

    Being a mother is so much more than biology and expectations. Somehow a very large wrench got thrown into your plans for motherhood from breech to PPD and you had to adjust. And you did and continue to do so.

    Being a mother is also about being the best you can be and self-care. At this point I (and probably everyone else who makes up our family and your friends) am just glad you are here to be a mother, and wife, and sister, and daughter, and friend and … you took time out, took care of yourself and recognized and asked for support. You chose to be a good mother by caring for yourself to ensure you could face another day and another adventure, as a mother.

    Because of that, celebrate Mother’s day every day.
    I luffu