The moment she realises she is pregnant
The excitement of telling her partner, family, and friends
Feeling the baby grow
Hearing its heartbeat
Seeing the image on the ultrasound
Watching it develop and grow in utero
The excitement of wondering is it a girl or a boy.
Who will it look like or resemble?
Finding and giving them their name.
What will the colour of their hair and eyes be?
Going into labour and giving birth.
Knowing the change of body and pain as worth it
The first moment you set eyes once you have given birth.
That rush of pure love, joy, and ecstasy
The newness of having to care and be responsible of caring for another human being.
The sense of fierce love and protection.
Taking your baby home.
Wondering how will you cope?
Are you doing the right thing?
The maternal instincts kicking in.
But are you doing it right?
Gazing into your child’s face as it feeds on your breast.
The sweet smell of their skin and hair.
Looking into deep into their eyes so innocent and dependent.
Learning to understand the different sounds they make and what they mean.
Moments of not feeling sure and frightened.
Celebrating milestones – rolling over, sitting up, lifting their head up, getting ready to take their first step, taking their first step, saying their first word, hearing them say ‘Mum’ for the first time.
Love you to share this with anyone you think would benefit from reading this. This is written for all women as I believe so many of us are needing to connect with their experiences in this busy and time-poor world. And leave a comment with your thoughts as there is always more we can learn from each other.