When discussing the concept of a Mother’s Day tribute series, we knew it wouldn’t be complete without the innocence and excitement of a first-time mother-to-be. And as a former mother-to-be myself, I can attest to the fact that a lot of great mothering memories happen before the delivery date.
For this post, I asked Jacquie Wojcik, who writes the Typical Type 1 blog and tweets under the @badpancreas handle to share her anticipation and excitement about becoming a mother. With only four months left until the big day, Jacquie reveals the many thoughts and curiosities that run through a first-time mother’s mind.
Q: What are you looking forward to most about being a mother?
This may sound ridiculously obvious, but the thing I’m looking forward to most about being a mother is finding out what it’s really like. From the moment we first start carrying little plastic-headed dolls around, I think most girls begin hearing about the mothering experience. Our own mothers are always recounting stories from our childhoods, or telling us about the days of our births. We look at friends’ moms, and other family members who are mothers, and we want to know how it’s done. Moms carry a mystique that we want to emulate, even if we can’t quite figure it out.
As we grow up, we’re told so many different things about motherhood: how hard it is, how rewarding, how we should avoid it at all costs during the teenage and college years, and how amazing it is when you finally get to meet your child.
Now that I’m five months pregnant, I feel like the stories I hear from the mothers in my life are messages from another dimension.
No matter how hard I try, I still can’t imagine what it will be like to have a teeny person – who’s related to me, at that – sleeping peacefully in the next room, or messing up the house, chasing the dog or hanging on my hip. I can’t wrap my head around it yet, but I know I’m so close, and I’m so eager to experience this story for myself.
As I read Jacquie’s post, I was instantly transported back to when I was pregnant and had many of the same thoughts. What I can tell Jacquie is that as soon as you meet your beautiful “teeny person” for the first time your world feels complete; and, instead of trying to imagine life with them, you can’t imagine life without them. I wish Jacquie the best of luck throughout the remainder of her pregnancy and am eager to keep track of her progress throughout the summer.
Be sure to check back for more Mother’s Day stories this week!
All the best,
Disclosure: Jacquie Wojcik received no compensation for this post. All opinions contained in this post reflect those of the interviewee, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies or affiliates.