The reality of parenthood is an awakening like no other. You can have an appreciation of what it will entail but no one has the knowledge until you are in the trenches of it. The day I found out I was expecting my second child I was in shock. You ask yourself all the normal questions. “Am I ready for this?” and your conclusion is “How hard can one more be?”
Nine months and a pregnancy ridden with hyperemesis gravidarum with a dash of PPD and I realized my perception of parenting a second child was off by lightyears. With the help of my wonderful husband and his support I was able to take that leap into something that scared me to death.
I was able to overcome my fears and not be afraid of my imperfections. Those imperfections are what made me love my children immensely, they made me the mother that they love dearly.
I learned to let go of the picture of perfection I had in my mind. Its so easy to get wrapped up in the social media image of parenthood. I don’t have everything together(like most parents) I realize that what we see posted is a carefully curated magazine of your life. There are more people like me out there who don’t have it all together. Parenthood is different for everyone, it’s not a one size fit all. I realize this now as I have entered into my second year of parenting two. I choose to just keep moving and love my children immensely because at the end of the day that is all we can do.