HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!
Being a parent is by far the most important, challenging, and rewarding job of all. We would like to give a belated Mother’s Day shout out to all the mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, mother-in-laws, soon-to-be mothers, father’s that take on the job of being a mother, and anyone else who plays a motherly role in a child’s life.
In honor of this day, I (Megan), would like to share my story of the day I officially became a mother.
“October 12, 2015 was the day I met the little girl that gave me the title “mother”. The delivery was not only complicated – it was excruciating! I only remember small pieces of the moments after giving birth. I remember hearing small cries, but everything around me was blurred. I looked over to my left for just a second, seeing the nurse measuring Aria. I closed my eyes again. Soon after, I felt a small, warm body on my chest, and the crying immediately stopped. She knew exactly who I was, but I was in so much pain I could no longer stay awake. I felt her, but I couldn’t see her.
The next thing I recall, I was waking up hours later, about 2 or 3 in the morning. I walked to the bathroom, and my body would not stop bleeding. From then on, I had to be carried everywhere. I could not even get up to use the restroom anymore. I was pale; I felt so fragile. Aria was so much stronger than me that day.
I was told I had to get two blood transfusions, because I had lost so much. When I was finally moved to the recovery room, and finally able to comprehend what was going on around me, I held Aria. I held her the rest of the days I was at the hospital – she did not spend a minute without being in our arms! I refused to keep her in the bassinet, because I wanted to make up for the first hours of her life that I did not get to fully experience.
After one blood transfusion, my whole demeanor changed. I felt so much more alive, aware, and overwhelmed with joy. That is when I took my first photo with her – when I was able to tell this little person “thank you” for making me a mother, for giving me strength, and for helping me survive in that delivery room. Every day after that has maybe not been easy, but it’s been a blessing! Through all of my emotions and post-partum struggles, from that day forward, she has continued to give me strength and reassure me it was all worth it!”