11-1/2 years ago, I called my best friend in the world and told her we were having a baby.
“What do you know about babies, Susan?” she drawled, in her New York transplanted to Tennessee way.
I was more than a little miffed. These were not exactly the encouraging words I was hoping for. Or the congratulations one might expect.
But then, she was already a mama to 2, and knew that the few brief babysitting gigs I had under my belt and even 9 months of reading baby books would in no way prepare me for my new life as a parent.
Little did I know.
She knew there would be a day when I couldn’t remember what it was like to not be a mama…
…or what it was like to sleep in without a bouncy bundle pouncing on me in the morning.
She knew I would wonder how I frittered away all that time (and money) I had before I was taking care of a house-full…
…and how an 11-year-old and his 5-year-old brother could possibly pack away that much food, and still be so skinny.
She knew I would think about them 24-hours a day…
…even on my day “off”.
She knew I would turn into a mama bear protecting my young from all dangers, real or imagined…
…and vanquish monsters under the bed with mother’s blessings and bedtime prayers.
She knew I had never before known the anxiety, worry, hope, fear and sheer joy I now know through my children…
…and that my heart would grow 10 times bigger.
She knew that my life would completely and utterly change the moment I held that tiny babe in my arms…
…and that there was no way on earth I could understand it until I lived it myself.
11-1/2 years ago, I didn’t know how to be a parent.
Now I don’t know how not to be a parent.
Truly a gift of God’s grace. Unexpected, not asked for, but received, nonetheless, in spite of anything I may have done.
Now, I don’t pretend to be a parenting expert. I’m still learning to be a better mama, and I expect I will be for the rest of my life. At least I hope so. But I’m very honored to join Mrs. White’s The Christian Home every week as the featured parenting columnist. I need to reflect on my calling in life more and I hope my ramblings can be helpful to someone else out there. Be sure to visit this week’s carnival at Legacy of Home for great articles on every aspect of the Christian home.
How has becoming a parent changed your life for the better?
What parenting topics would you like to read about in the coming weeks? It can be anything from virtue training to potty training.