First of all, WELCOME to the MDOC Blog! You will soon find an array of helpful articles here from how to care for a newborn to how to wean your baby. Today though, I’d like to focus on the mother! Whether you are a biological, adoptive, or even just identify as a mother—today is about you. All year you’ve lost sleep, you’ve been spit up on, you’ve skipped showers and meals so that your littles could have that extra bite or snuggle. This is your day to reclaim some of your time.
Only it’s not that simple. Today we don’t just celebrate ourselves, we also celebrate our own mothers, and for some of us that is difficult. Whether you have lost a mother, are a single mother, or cut ties with toxic relationship, today might be especially hard. And so, below are three suggestions to keep in mind, so you can make the most of Mothers Day.
1) Set realistic, clear expectations about what you do and do not want- Don’t want to go to dinner forty minutes away with several in-laws? Be honest with your family and let them what you’ll be doing instead. As much as I wish we could all be mind-readers, I think it’s safe to say most of us are not.
2) Do something for yourself and don’t feel guilty- Chances are, if you’re a new mom, you’ve been busier than ever before in your life. Self care is important. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on some all-inclusive excursion overseas to enjoy time with/on yourself. Take a bath with some lavender, drink some wine (or a club soda with lime), light a candle, maybe even take a nap!
3) Remember that although it’s your day, not everyone is as jazzed. Think about how difficult today might be for someone who has miscarried or lost an older child, spouse, or mother. Take some time out of your day to check in with other moms around you, especially someone you know is going through a difficult time.
It seems only fitting that this website goes live on Mothers Day weekend. Have a wonderful day.
Until next time, mamas and papas!