Are you a natural mom? And by that I don’t mean how crunchy, green or granola you are. What I’m asking is, when your baby was placed in your arms, did you feel like a mom? Or has it taken time and experience to get there? Or are you still getting there?
When I was younger, I did not like dolls. Instead I played with my stuffed animal collection that eventually grew to as many as 200. I was the youngest in the family and was never really around babies. So when it came time for us to have our first, I was a bit…ahem…apprehensive. That whole nurturing, motherly way seemed foreign to me. I wondered if my feelings would change once I met the little guy, but instead of suddenly feeling as though the cosmos had aligned and my purpose in life was fulfilled, I felt freaked out. What was I supposed to do with a baby? He cried. A lot. How do I fix that? Of course with time, we got to know each other and I fell into a rhythm. It certainly didn’t happen over night, but it eventually did happen. Though I must admit there are still times when I have to remind myself that I am in fact a mom.
So what was your experience like? Did you naturally fall into being a mom? Or did it take more time?