This year has been really hard and very different, to say the least. It’s been a far cry from previous years and the shifts in our communities have put a big spotlight on the amount of time and energy that goes into motherhood.
It’s pushed many of us to our absolute limits by stripping our families of their support systems. It's made many of us make gut-wrenching, life-changing decisions.
Whether you are pregnant, living life with a newborn baby or you have small children, the physical community that maintains the regulation of our society has largely evaporated.
I know it’s been really hard. I am here to put a big old mirror up and say, “look at what you did! You did it!” You have navigated an enormous amount in the middle of a global pandemic. I say this because, if you’re like me, I’ve often been focusing on what I haven’t been able to get done - and believe me, that list is a long one.
We see you.
We see how you think about what to make for breakfast (and lunch, dinner, and snacks).
How you keep up with doctors appointments, even when they are virtual.
We see you doing art projects. Sensory play. And when you're not looking and the whole toilet paper roll is unraveled around the house (which totally counts as play).
When you look into switching care providers and consider the options of where to give birth.
How you research developmental milestones, coordinate evaluations, and schedule speech therapy appointments.
And listen to podcasts about how to handle toddler tantrums.
I see you reaching out here - for advice, for connection.
How you think about family traditions, order gifts, and provide donations to families in need.
We see you in our circles taking the time to hear others and share your experiences of carrying the invisible load of motherhood.
This work may be invisible to many, but not to us.
We see you. We're here with you.
We celebrate the invisible load you carry every single day.
Thoughts on pregnancy, birth and motherhood.