My heart is full. My eyes are full, too. With tears that is. I could blame it on my hormones. But I know it's not just that. It's the fact that I am now a mom.
Becoming a mom is hard. Pregnancy is hard. Birthing my child into this world was hard. And bringing home and caring for a newborn is hard.
Bryn, Isabel and I were in a coffee shop the other day and saw a dear friend. We had just been to church so we were dressed up and to the average person in that place we probably looked like we had it all together. In the middle of our short conversation, this friend said something to me that day that I will never forget.
'You don't have to pretend having a newborn is all wonderful, because I know it's hard.'
Becoming Isabel's mom was one of the best days of my life. But it was also the start of something way more challenging. Being a mom.
We survived our first week as a family of 3. Isabel is more than we could have ever hoped for. My heart is truly full. And so are my eyes.
To everyone who has reached out to ask how I'm doing, thank you.
To every mom who has encouraged me and told me we're all in this together, thank you.
To every mom who has raised a little one, who may now be 'big', thank you and bless your heart.
To my mom (and dad), thank you for raising me and for showing me how to love and care for a child.
To my husband, thank you for being you. I couldn't do this without you.
I know this journey is just getting started. I know my joys and my worries will only multiply. But because I am now mom, I know my heart will always remain full. And so will my eyes.