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What Is It Like To Be A New Mom?
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What is it Like to Be A New Mom?

I always loved children and I have babysat children since the age of 12. I used to play teacher growing up because I wanted to be the grown up and the one who taught the "little ones". I guess that love for children and the need to "teach" were what have leaded me into my profession of Early Childhood Educator.

I have been educating young children in my profession since 1999 and I love my job. It is so rewarding when a child accomplishes a task. It is also such a joy to see children in your care happy and thriving and knowing that I have maybe influenced them to some extent in their young lives.

I have always wondered, even as a young adoscelent, what it would be like to be a mom. In my profession, I interact with many families and I see how the children in my care respond to their parents and the love they have for each other. I have thought about what a mom would feel like, being pregnant, feeling a baby growing inside your womb.

I have also thought about the first time seeing your baby and what that would feel like. So many of my friends have had babies and I always visited them and I saw how they were with their new babies. I saw how proud they were of their bundle of joy and it always made me think of my own I would have some day. I have 11 nieces and nephews who I adore and I would always compare my love for them to the love of my own child I would have someday and thought "This is how I would feel with my own child". I love my nieces and nephews immensely, but I have to say that I never knew the love a mom would feel until I became a mom myself.

I have recently become a mommy of my sweet baby boy. He is turning 6 months at the end of this month and I can honestly say that I have NEVER felt so proud, happy, along with so many more emotions than I did the day my son was born and the love for him grows even stronger by the day! I became pregnant last winter and I was so excited! My husband and I were ecstatic! As the baby grew and I could feel him moving around, it was the most incredible feeling knowing that a little life was inside me and I was a part of making that little life possible.

Mind you, my pregnancy was not a picnic! I had morning sickness until 14 weeks and I had developed carpal tunnel in both hands at about 16 weeks that stayed with me until birth (even after birth until 3 months after!) I had leg cramps, back pain, swollen hands, feet, and face. I had a lot of issues during pregnancy. I was told I would forget all about the pain and struggles once my baby was born and I always thought "No I won't!" Well, guess what? Once my son came into the world, I didn't forget about all about the pain, but realized it was all worth it because there I sat in the hospital holding my precious baby boy in my arms and I would go through the pain all over again for my son.

So, what is it like to be a new mom? It is amazing! You are tired for sure since the baby has you up a lot and the baby is depending on you for all his/her needs. Being a new mom can be stressful at times with lack of sleep, getting to know your baby and what he needs, but the benefits are so worth it. You have a new life that became part of your family. You feel pride and love every time you look at that sweet baby. Sometimes I just go into my baby's room just to watch him sleep. He's not even doing anything, just sleeping, and I just can't help but watch him and think "he's mine....he's my sweet little son".

So, many people may relate to my story if they are wondering what it's like to be a new mom. As I have mentioned before, I have worked with many children, families, as well as having many nieces and nephews in my life. Children are a blessing and I love the fact I have worked with many children in my profession as well as in my family life. They keep me young at heart and they make me strive to have a positive impact on their lives.

I know that all the interactions I have had with all those children have helped me become the person and the mom I am today. I have taught them, but in turn, they have taught me so much more about myself and what kind of mom I want to be.....a good one! That alone will be a challenge to live up to, but each day I am striving to be the best mom I can be and that's all you can do...your best! I hope you all are able to experience the joys of motherhood someday because it's a one of a kind feeling!

Cheers to all the moms out there!

Debbie Mac

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