A Mother Is Never Off-Duty – It’s the Journey of a Lifetime!

A Mother Is Never Off-Duty - It's the Journey of a Lifetime!

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This journey of motherhood begins for some of us from the moment of conception, or in a few other cases when the parents wish to adopt a baby. Though there’s a great difference in both in terms of the physiological changes a mother goes through in those 9 months, the emotional changes, I believe, for a mother are still all the same. The anxiety and the excitement all happens at an exponential level. And for each one of us, it is a different journey, filled with its own set of experiences and expectations.

My journey started 2 years ago, and it changed my whole perspective of life. Just holding my little one in my arms felt like I had achieved everything. I had my share of good and bad days, but having a very supportive husband beside me helped me get through those difficult days. Having said that, getting through some days wasn’t easy. With sleepless nights, hormonal changes, breastfeeding, unwanted criticism about parenting styles and more, everything just makes you feel overwhelmed at times, and that’s when we forget to enjoy those special moments with our little one.

But yes, that beautiful smile that lingers on your face after your baby has fed well, slept well (and pooped well, I know half of us feel that way for sure haha ), giving you that much-needed break which never happens to come, I know, but when it does, everything feels right and perfect – but it’s always short lived, especially from the new-born days to toddler days!

Let’s face it, it’s never ending, so let me add that motherhood has no holidays; a mother is never off-duty in some way or the other, be it from taking care of her little one’s needs to her partner’s needs and then finally her own needs. We mothers always put ourselves last. Maybe it’s the motherly nature that has us doing so. But in the end, we all would agree it’s a rollercoaster ride which is completely worth it.

It may be a far fetched dream during the lockdown period to get your special me-time (which everyone calls so these days) but it’s important that you do, be it by talking to a close friend, reading a few lines of a book, sipping your cup of tea in peace, meditate, exercise, or anything else that you love to do. It’s not easy at all, but you can surely do that for yourself and the happiness of your family, because a happy mum is equal to a happy family. So, with that, wishing all you beautiful mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day!

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