Nurturing the (Nursing) Mother

6 Comments 27 July 2010

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I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined my life would have turned out the way it has.

Just three short years ago, I was a pack-a-day smoker, (I justified this by smoking organic American Spirits – ha!) and worked as a full-time waitress and bartender in a smokey bar.

Prior to becoming pregnant, I was still undecided whether having children fit in the lifestyle design I had and envisioned growing into. As a teenager, I vowed never to become a domesticated housewife. I wanted to be an artist, a musician and I wanted to run away from home.

Funny how a few years can change your perspective.

I moved 3,000 miles from home when I was 18. I experimented. And as it turns out, I came around full circle to my earliest childhood dreams – finding the man of my dreams, raising children and living happily ever after!

But before realizing all of that,  I was promoted to bar manager. Then, literally the day after I received my raise, a funny feeling crept up on me. I took a pregnancy test and it was positive.

I was suddenly excited to quit the job I loved!

There was an opening at my mom’s salon as the receptionist, so I worked there until two weeks before my due date.

Throughout that time, I fully submerged myself in the birth world. My fiance and I took an independent childbirth class, we watched movies, I read books and spoke with other moms to be. I was healthy and vibrant. It was a fantastic time in my life.

I had to tell you all of this because it all happened so differently than I thought it would for so many years. My steadfast rebellion melted away so suddenly, I  can’t help but laugh about my angst now.

These days, I am as much of a mom as a mommy can be, and I love it.

In terms of nursing, well I can’t
imagine being a mother without breastfeeding! Nursing has taken any selfishness in my being and pummeled it into a fine dust. When my daughter needs me, I drop everything.

Our relationship is what it is today because of our nursing relationship. I adore the close moments we share together when she is at my breast – we’re in our own little world.

Mothering has come so naturally to me, I can only think of it as one of my largest and most important callings in my life.

The parts that make up who I am as a mother include nursing, bed-sharing and staying at home full time to raise my daughter.

I am still an artist and a musician. But how I practice these talents has morphed into less pencil drawing and more photography. Not so much playing my guitar as singing You Are My Sunshine.

Forgive me for getting so off topic. I know the post is about nursing. I just can’t help getting caught up in the tumbling waves of emotion over my blessed life as a mom.

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  1. Claire says:

    It’s amazing how much being a mom can change our lives. I too thought that I would never stay at home, but now that I’m a mom I couldn’t imagine not staying at home!

  2. Renee says:

    isn’t it amazing how much they can change our lives?! :)


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