By Sarah Noble
You are a mother forever. There’s no rush.
It takes time to adjust to motherhood.
It takes time to get to know your baby.
It takes time to learn how to breastfeed.
It takes time to get used to your new body.
It takes time to adjust to not being as social.
It takes time to learn how to live with less money.
It takes time to adjust to the isolation.
Motherhood is a journey, not a race.
You don’t have to have it all figured out.
You don’t need to know all the answers.
You don’t have to get it all right – failure is a lesson, a way to grow as a mother and a person.
The milestones will come. The sleep will get better.
Take your time, Mama. Don’t forget to enjoy the journey, the present moment.
Take the pressure off yourself and soak in what is happening for you, right now. Even though the journey can be painfully slow sometimes, it WILL go fast. So, instead of focusing on the next phase, the next milestone, focus on the joy of what is happening now. Study every inch of your baby’s face while he sleeps in your arms. Watch your baby play, the way she moves, the concentration on her face. Soak it all in. Each part of the journey is beautiful in its own way.
Take your time, Mama.
Sarah Noble is a Mindset and Mindfulness Speaker, Writer and Mentor, and Accredited Mindfulness Teacher. She lives in Dunedin with her partner and son, Dylan, who is 12 months old. She loves vegetables, rock music, nature, travel and swearing.
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