The shock of motherhood
After many years of being the perfect mother, dispensing well-thought out advice and caring for all the nieces, nephews, and little friends I could round up, I was inducted into the world of real motherhood. I was in for the shock of my life.
It wasn't like anything I had ever imagined. I quickly realized something that it would take me years to admit: I wasn't the mother I thought I'd always be. Don't get me wrong, now — I dearly loved that beautiful baby, and am still madly in love nearly seven years later — but being a mother wasn't an easy job, to put it quite mildly.
Before I gave birth to my own child, I had known everything about children and about what it took to be a good parent. I had known what to say to make kids laugh, to make them happy, to make them feel at peace with the world. How could I have not, what with helping raise the younger set of my parents' large brood and then being a good aunt, the best, even?
That all changed when I became a mother. There's a big difference in loving children and being a mother, I was horrified to realize. I still loved children, in particular my own beautiful little girl, but to my chagrin I found that I did not love motherhood.
Six years and another child down the line, it is more often than not a lot harder than my children to love.
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