Let's face it. Being a mom is quite possibly one of the hardest jobs on the planet.
To ALL the Mommas out there: You're doing a great job!Don't let your fellow Moms imply anything else. After all, we're in this thing called "Motherhood" together.
To the Mommas who formula-feed their children -- Good for you! I'm sure it's nice to not have to carry equipment when we Mommas already have a heavy load! And isn't science wonderful for coming up with something that's healthy for our babies?!
To the Mommas who breastfeed their children -- Good for you! I'm sure it's great getting to bond with your baby while building up their immune system with healthy nutrients from YOU! And by the way, how awesome is it that you don't have to pay a penny to feed your sweet baby?!
To the Moms who have a sleep routine with their babies -- Good for you! How fantastic that you know what to expect each night. I'm sure your babies are benefiting from the good sleep and structure, too!
To the Moms who have no sleep routine with their babies -- Good for you! I'm sure you're getting
firsthand experience of what it's like to roll with the punches [er...cries and diaper changes and feedings]. And I bet your babies are comforted by the fact that you'll be there for them no matter what time of day or night. That bond you're forming is irreplaceable.
To the Mothers who use cloth diapers on their babes -- Good for you! I'm sure you're saving a lot of money by being so resourceful. And bet your babes look CUTE in their patterned diapers! Cloth diapers sure beat the standard, white plastic design!
To the Mothers who use disposable diapers on their babes -- Good for you! It must be nice being able to throw away your babe's diapers as soon as they're dirty. Isn't it great to be able to dispose of them so quickly?! I mean seriously -- who thinks of this stuff?!
To the consignment-shopping, garage-saling Moms -- Good for you! Way to be frugal when you
know your babies will outgrow their clothes and toys quickly. Isn't it great you can save money and invest it elsewhere?!
To the stay-at-home Mommas -- Good for you! Isn't it awesome to watch your babies hit their milestones?! I know it's hard work, but how wonderful that you have the ability to stay at home and watch them grow!
To the working Mommas -- Good for you! How great is it that you have something to look forward to coming home to every day! Isn't it great to have people out there who care for our babies as if they were their own?!
To the single Moms -- Good for you! I salute you and your tasks at hand! You are one tough Momma flying solo! How wonderful that your babies will know you as someone who can balance so many roles; you are leading by example.
To the Moms who take their children to daycare -- Good for you! I bet you find it valuable to instill social skills in your children at such a young age! Isn't it great to have a safe place for our children to grow and learn and make friends?!
To the Moms of fussy babies -- Good for you for raising babies who are already expressing themselves! Isn't it great to know they're awake and engaged in their surroundings?!
To the Birth Mommas who make adoption plans for their sweet babies -- Good for you! I'm sure it's bittersweet, but it must bring a smile to your face thinking about how happy your sweet babies are with the forever families you chose for them.
To the Foster Mommies who open their hearts and homes -- Good for you! It takes a special person to provide these kiddos with comfort and stability. Way to show them what love is by your example!
To the Adoptive Mommas -- Good for you! I'm so happy we're in this "sisterhood" together. I'm sure your perseverance and hoop-jumping was worth it all when you held your sweet babies! What a joy it is to be chosen.
To the Moms of medically fragile children -- Good for you! Your unconditional love and support for your children is clear; what an example you set for others with your patience, tolerance and compassion -- even (and especially) when it's hard.
To the Two-Mom households -- Good for you! It must give you a sense of pride that you're raising your babies in a loving environment that promotes tolerance of others. Double the moms = double the love!
To the Moms who make their own baby food -- Good for you! Doesn't it feel great to provide your kiddos with the nutrients they need to grow and thrive?
To the Moms who purchase pre-made baby food -- Good for you! Isn't it convenient and handy to know your babies can get the nutrients they need after a quick trip to the grocery store?!
To the Genetic Moms who donate their embryos and allow other women to experience pregnancy and childbirth -- Good for you! What a wonderful opportunity to provide hope for a family-in-waiting.
To the Moms who survived infertility treatments -- Good for you! Isn't science great? Isn't it amazing how technology and doctors can help you achieve the dream of pregnancy?
To the Surrogate Moms who carry babies for loving families -- Good for you! What a selfless opportunity to give the gift of motherhood to another woman.
To the germaphobe Moms...the anxious Moms...the take-too-many photos Moms...
To the C-section Moms, natural-birth Moms, skinny Moms, and overweight Moms...
To the Grandmas and Aunts and neighbors and strangers who show motherly love to sweet babies...
You're doing a great job!
Good for you for parenting with your heart. For when you do so, you can't go wrong.
To The Exhausted New Momma
A version of this post was originally shared on 9/9/2013 and 7/25/2016.