Some women feel like moms the moment they learn they’re expecting their first child.
Others realize they’re moms once they get the baby home from the hospital—and quickly realize that caring for a newborn isn’t for the faint of heart!
For still others, motherhood begins long before conception even takes place, as they long for a baby for months or years before one comes along for them.
I knew in my mind that I was a mom the moment I looked down and saw that positive pregnancy test. I had relied on the First Response Early Pregnancy Test, so I was able to learn the news pretty early in the process—which was wonderful!
But I don’t think I truly felt like a mom until my son was a few weeks old. I remember taking him out for a stroll through the neighborhood, and during the last stretch of our walk a yellow jacket began buzzing around his stroller.
I frantically began shooing it away, terrified of my little guy getting stung. I remember thinking fiercely, “I will squash that bee with my bare hands before I will let it touch my baby!” The feeling of maternal protection overwhelmed me. And in that moment, I truly felt like a mom.
That baby boy is now two years old, and he’s got a little sister coming in just a few weeks. Thinking back on that experience with the bee—and looking ahead to my first Mother’s Day as a mom of two—I thought about the interesting ways Mother’s Day changes once you yourself step into the role of mom.
3 Ways Mother’s Day Changes When You Become a Mom
1. Simple gifts mean the most.
I’m finding that once you’re a mom, the smallest tokens of affection make your overflowing heart swell even more. A homemade card or a genuine “I love you, Mom!” mean the world to you. When I was expecting my first, my husband surprised me with this beautiful necklace for Mother’s Day. It says “Mother” in various languages, and I still love wearing it as a symbol of my favorite role. So simple, yet so meaningful.
2. You reminisce.
For some moms, Mother’s Day gets them thinking about the day their first child was born seven years ago. Others find themselves pondering the day they learned they were pregnant seven months ago. No matter how much time has passed, once you’re a mom Mother’s Day becomes a day to relive those special motherhood moments.
3. You thank your own mom—and really mean it.
There’s nothing like becoming a mom to instill a deep sense of gratitude in you for your own mother. Years ago I may have thanked my mom for all she’s done for me, but these days, my gratefulness runs much truer. Now that I understand firsthand the love, the worry, and the sacrifice that went into raising me, I can’t help but thank her in a way that’s more genuine than it ever could have been before.
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