The folks over at www.5minutesformom.com are hosting a Mother’s Day Photo Contest with the theme “motherhood”. I checked out some of the pics already and many of them are these amazing and beautiful portraits of motherhood often seen through the innocence of childhood. There are dozens of truly talented and emotional peeks into mothers’ lives. I wanted to enter so I went through literally hundreds of photos of the family, of the boys, of me pregnant. And this is the picture I decided on:
Why this one you might ask? This one where I look like I am 2 weeks overdue, where I look like I have been in the hospital for 4 days on a multi-day pitocin induction, where I look like I haven’t slept – for even a moment – in 72 hours, where I look like I am about to be wheeled into surgery to get this kid out of me. Why this one?
Motherhood is about joy and beauty and unconditional love. But motherhood is also about pain and sacrifice.
My tummy used to be flat.
I used to sleep 8 hours a night.
I used to buy lattes. Now I buy diapers.
I don’t get the luxury of being selfish anymore.
I have never known pain and heartache as when this child lets me down.
I have a road map of motherhood that stretches from my boobs to my knees.
Some days do feel like labor.
And even so, I got lost in this child the second I laid eyes on him.