Today was Mother's Day, my first Mother's Day, to be exact. I was awakened by two text messages from out of state friends wishing me a happy Mother's Day. Roy made me breakfast and then surprised me with a necklace:
Of course, I cried because the gift was so unexpected and so sweet. It signifies a mother having an open heart.
We spent the majority of the day at Roy's grandparents' house, and once again, I was surprised with cards and flowers and cookies and more text messages. (I also surprised myself by throwing up for the very first time during my entire pregnancy, but that's another story.) I went swimming and did karaoke with various family members. It was a good day.
I do consider myself a mom already, and it was really cool to see that other people seem to feel the same way. I know that it's not the same as having an outside baby, but I do think that pregnancy is the beginning of motherhood. I have yet to meet my Charlie, but I am already so honored and privileged to be his mother.
Anyway, today I couldn't help but think of all the women out there who struggle with infertility and/or pregnancy loss. I have people in my life who have been dealing with both, and my wish for them is for them to have their child(ren) by the time Mother's Day 2010 rolls around. In the meantime, my thoughts are with them, all of them. I can't exactly identify with what they've had to deal with, but I can only imagine the heartbreak.
Of course, I also spent a lot of time thinking about my own mom and what a wonderful and positive influence she's been on me. There is no one in the world like her, and even though she drives me crazy sometimes, truthfully she is my best friend (aside from Roy). She has always supported me no matter what, even during my punk-ass bitch stages. No matter how old I get, sometimes I still just need her. I hate that I haven't gotten to spend a Mother's Day with her in so many years.
To sum up this post, I thought I'd share this awesome video that Kari posted on her blog earlier today:
(If you haven't seen the video that precedes it, click here.)
Happy Mother's Day!