Guest post by Alyson Schroeder.
Alyson works for The Postpartum Stress Center in our New Jersey location. She is director of our child and adolescent division.
“It’s amazing. And terrifying. Yes, I’m amazed and terrified at the same time. Every day.”
This is what a good friend told me when describing what it’s like to be the mother of a middle-school-aged child.
And how true it is…about every aspect of motherhood.
My four-year-old taking off on her bike for the first time without training wheels. Amazed. Terrified.
My two-year-old climbing to the top of the playground structure, lifting his arms wide, and jumping off. Amazed. Terrified….and, to be honest, a little sick to my stomach.
The first night in the hospital watching my newborn baby sleep. Two equal and opposing forces coursing through my body. I didn’t have the words to describe it then but I can feel the sensation still. Motherhood is terrible and wonderful at the same; bitter and sweet; sad and happy; scary and exhilarating.
If you’re a mother and you’re reading this, I know that you completely understand. And I know that it something we also don’t fully understand so we don’t give ourselves enough credit for how truly hard it is. Quite frankly, it’s exhausting. So, enjoy your day tomorrow. Put your feet up. Take a break.
Lord knows we need it.
Happy Mother’s Day!