Yeah you, with greasy hair, hairy armpits, black circles, and a baby crying on your hip. I know you smell like a milk factory and while you give up your body to feed your baby, you haven’t had a decent meal in a few days. The healthy new recipes you once pinned, are replaced by takeout menus and you hate yourself for not caring more about yourself.
Yeah, you. You’re beautiful and amazing. You are sustaining human life, think about that, creating, molding, nourishing life. Amazing. While at times you may feel as though you’ve lost yourself in this process, I hope you realize you’re only sharing your gifts with your child for a little while. One day, when you have your body back (your waistline and your sanity), you will watch them use your gifts to take on the world.
YOU look at your baby as a miracle of life, but she’s looking at you as her miracle. Your bond with her is forever and it started the day of her birth. Nobody can replace you. You are her entire world but don’t let that responsibility crush you, let it carry you. Through the endless, sleepless nights. Through the feelings of guilt. When you feel like you’re not doing enough and when you feel you can’t give anything more.
Hey you, please remember that even when you feel weak, when you’re crying about everything and on the brink of insanity due to lack of sleep, know that you are strong. Mothers are the closest form of super heroes we will ever know on Earth. Your super power is not only in nourishing and sustaining her life, but in nourishing yourself.
One day, you will get a full nights sleep again. One day, your body will not be constantly on loan to a hungry baby. One day you will look in the mirror and see a clean, well groomed woman.
… but today, look at that messy mom in the mirror and appreciate the power, beauty and strength in your reflection. Tell that mama she’s amazing, a miracle, a freakin’ super hero.
Because she is.