Whether you brought your baby into this world naturally or by c-section, labor and recovery is not an easy task. It’s a journey that can be hard and intense and does take a tremendous toll on your body, but in the end, it is worth every minute to have that little one. Once your baby is in your arms, the pain starts to dissipate and joy and love rush over!
But after a week or two, reality starts to sink it. You are still thankful for your baby but you are exhausted from the crying and late-night feedings. Most people talk about the physical pain and recovery process, but they don’t talk much about the emotional changes that take place too. This is the part that most women struggle with during the newborn season but feel guilty for and don’t like to talk about it and admit it.
When a new mom looks at her baby, she is so proud and thankful for the little one God has given her. But at the same time, she is worn out and exhausted from the crying and all the middle of the night wake-ups. Her dishes and laundry are all piled up. She is constantly wearing the smell of spit-up and can’t seem to find the time and energy to fix her own hair and put on makeup.
When she looks in the mirror, all she tends to see is the changes. She sees the bags under her eyes from lack of sleep. She sees her scars from c-section she never dreamed of having. She sees all the stretch marks and the flabby stomach that she fears will never go away. She sees someone she doesn’t recognize and often doesn’t like anymore.
Mommas, I want you to know you are not alone! You may feel distanced and unattractive as you are going through this season of motherhood but just hang in there. It may seem long and exhausting but it is so short in the grand scheme of things.
Your baggy eyes, scars and stretch marks are just reminders of how strong a mother’s love is. They will begin to fade and heal over time. The laundry and dishes will always be there but your baby will grow up way too quickly. It’s just for a season. It’s a season of motherhood that can be both physically and emotionally exhausting, but also a joyful journey filled with love!
Be thankful for every moment God gives you with your little one and soak it all in! Don’t let this season of motherhood be filled with discouragement and depression with all the outward changes. Instead, use this time to lean on God and let Him work on inward changes while you enjoy the little blessing He has given to you!