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Have you ever questioned a major decision you’ve made on your child’s behalf, wondering whether it was the wrong one?

You are not alone.

Have you ever helped your child in a way that made you feel proud, and privately thought to yourself, “I’m a good mother”?

You are not alone.

Have you ever proudly watched your child achieve a new milestone ahead of the curve, and thought “My child is brilliant”?

You are not alone.

Have you ever watched your child struggle to pick up a new skill that other children his age seem to have mastered, and found yourself wondering “Is there something wrong here?”

You are not alone.

Have you ever caught your breath at the passing of time, certain that your child was only a newborn just yesterday, when in fact that time was months or even years ago?

You are not alone.

Have you ever endured a difficult afternoon with your child that was so long, you were certain the day would never end?

You are not alone.

Has your role as a mother invoked feelings of joy, heartache, frustration, relief, wonder, fear and pride, sometimes all within the space of a couple of hours?

Mama, you are not alone.

Our ideas about parenting might be wildly different, each of us bringing our own experiences, concerns and passions to the table.

Our children might be totally unique, each presenting their own set of joys and challenges.

But our hearts are essentially the same. We love our children, we want the best for them, and we will move heaven and earth to make that happen. This is what empowers us to be a community, a collective of mothers who choose to believe that above all else, our hearts unite us. Motherhood isn’t about seeing eye to eye on the little things, or even the big things. Motherhood is a mutual understanding that we’re all doing the best that we can, that our love for our children is fierce, and that this is a brave and vulnerable time for us all. I believe we are so much bigger and bolder than our differences, than the mummy-wars that plague us everywhere we turn. We deserve better. Our fellow mothers deserve better.

So mothers, you are welcome here. With all of your ideas, all of your decisions, all of your hopes, and all of your dreams. You are so welcome here. May we grow and connect and laugh and cry together. May we unite.

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
1 Peter 3:8

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This post originally appeared on Her Happy Heart.

I read Post Secret every week. I have since I was in my early 20s. Back then, I was dealing with a few things and I found I related to a lot of the secrets, so reading them gave me a connection to the people who sent them in. These days I don’t relate to a lot of them, but I still read, intrigued by the idea that the people we know actually carry more secrets than we can ever possibly know.

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This post originally appeared on Her Happy Heart.

Yes, you heard me right. I am a well-seasoned mother of a handful of months, offering out advice in reminiscent form.

But what inspired me to write this post was the absurd number of friends I know who are about to pop with their first little ones, and because I basically gave birth two minutes ago, I feel like I have a super fresh perspective on that immediate change of lifestyle.

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Bringing home a newborn baby for the very first time is an experience like no other. It’s wonderful – your home is now a family home, where millions of memories, big and small, are about to unfold. It’s scary – you’ve never in your life had such a vulnerable little person be so dependent on you. It’s beautiful – you’re learning to love in a new, fierce way. And it’s exhausting – nothing can prepare you for it.

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This post originally appeared on Her Happy Heart.

My son, Jackson, is a week and a half out from his first birthday. To me, that is insane. I won’t bore you with the cliched comments of “Time passes so quickly” (though it does) or “Please stop growing up, baby boy!” (but seriously…) Maybe it’s the fact that I’m spending all my time on Pinterest for 1st birthday party inspo, maybe it’s because my bestie has just brought her own tiny man into the world, maybe it’s a combination of the two and goodness knows what else.

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