What is it about becoming a mother that transforms a woman?

There is the heart (and hip) expanding. Did you know you could love that much? Did you think it could hurt so much to see your child in pain or ill? Did you know how fearful you would become, of the world you live in? Did you even realize that love multiplies with each child you have? Did you know how much space you had in your heart until your children came along?

Knowledge and Discovery
Then, there is the sudden realization (and relief) that you can handle the ins and outs of diaper changing, baby feeding and bathing. The knowledge that you may never sleep the same again, but you know you will somehow survive. There is the sudden discovery that you can be taken to the edge of your personality, and yet you survive. I bet you didn’t realize the depth of strength you have, or that sometimes, you have to dig deep to get through the day. I wager you didn’t realize the amount of patience that is in you, when build the umpteenth Lego tower, or play Barbie tea time for an hour.

You Thought You Knew

What about all the things you thought you knew? You know, when you thought that children eat what they are given, and sleep when they are supposed to. You thought you knew what to expect because you read so many parenting books, and how-to’s, before the baby was born. You read all the blogs and websites, about sleep, weaning, transitioning to solids, play, milestones, vaccinations, the best books to read to your baby, the most educational toys. Then your baby decides pretty much when he wants to sleep, what he wants to eat, and how much more he prefers the box in which the latest and greatest toy came in.

Heart and Body Changed Forever
When you become a mother, your mind fills with thoughts of your children. Your heart, full to bursting. Your arms, always feeling the weight of one or more. Your hands, always busy. Your belly, a permanent pooch, a reminder of the days when they lived beneath your heartbeat. Your legs, ever moving, chasing after one or more little ones. Your feet, looking gigantic next to tiny toes.

When you become a mother, the transformation is astounding, nothing short of amazing. Just like your children.

How did you transform when you became a parent?

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Alison Lee DrGreene.com contributor

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