Dear New Mom,
Welcome to the most challenging job you will ever have. Your new boss is small but loud and has poor communication skills. You probably already know you love your new boss more than you could ever imagine. There will be times you think youâre not good enough to work for your new little boss. The fact that you feel that way means youâre doing your best. We have all been there, feeling overwhelmed and oh so tired. Hang in there and remember you will get lots of smiles, kisses and hugs â the best payment you will ever get. Best of luck!
~ A fellow mom
The Hope Notes for Moms project is a collection of brief messages of support and hope for moms, written by moms. You can find an archive of all the notes here. Most importantly, you can contribute to this project and support a fellow mom by emailing me your own hope note to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear New Mom,
Let me guess: you haven’t slept, really slept, in days. You may have a hair or clothing accessory made from bodily fluids from your new bundle of joy. You may also be wondering “Is it supposed to be this hard? Maybe I’m going at this wrong…” Nope, you’re not! In fact, you’re probably doing a fantastic job – you’ll know you are when they smile at you or call you “Mama.” Talk to other Moms – laugh and cry at the challenges and craziness. Ask someone else to make dinner. Ignore the crumbs in your car/on the floor/in your bra. Live in the moment and hope for the future.
~A fellow mom from California
Dear Fellow Mom,
I want you to know that being a human being will make you a better mom. You don’t have to be perfect. All it will teach your child is how to be a perfectionist. Motherhood is a physical and emotional marathon. You cannot grit your teeth through it; you need to breathe deeply and relax into it, and let it soften your heart and overwhelm you with joy and gratitude. You will have bad days and painful, tired tears. And when you watch your child finally make those steps across the WHOLE room into your arms, you won’t want your life any other way.
~A mom from the Midwest
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