Motherhood was always something I planned on. I took for granted that I would be a mom one day. It was just something I knew I was destined to be. Knowing women who have suffered through infertility, I realize how fortunate I am that I was able to fulfill that dream so effortlessly.
In my younger years, I babysat often to earn spending money. I loved “playing house” and remember holding those precious babies and rocking them to sleep, imagining the day that I would rock my own baby to sleep. My aunt had triplets when I was in college, and she lived nearby. I used to visit her once a week to help out, and there was always a baby to hold. One evening, the baby I was holding kept squirming and whimpering for my aunt, who had her hands full at the moment. I remember thinking that I couldn’t wait until I was Mommy and the baby I was holding wanted me above anyone else.
Fast forward a few years and I was a young married woman ready to start my own family. We tried to conceive for about five months — the longest. five. months. of. my. life. I actually “gave up” and decided to “stop trying” for a while, and naturally that is when I discovered that I was pregnant.
I had every intention of being a mom who stayed at home. While I trained to be a teacher (another role that I had always aspired to) and loved every minute in the classroom with my beloved third graders, I never thought twice about giving my resignation when I found out I was expecting our first baby.
This is a photo of me soon after we found out. We spent my Spring Break that year in Charleston, and my morning sickness was just setting in. I felt miserable the whole trip, but we were so happy.
I got back from that trip and I gave my notice to my principal.
Mother’s Day arrived soon after that, and I received one Mother’s Day card that year. I will never forget it.
I’m sure most people don’t consider Mother’s Day cards for moms-to-be, but my Aunt Carol thought of me. I think receiving that card suddenly made the whole thing seem real. When I wasn’t quite showing yet and so sick that it was hard to get excited, that card somehow validated my new role as Mommy. Sometimes it’s the smallest gestures that mean the most.
Later that summer when I was feeling better, we snapped this photo at a Springsteen concert. I was about six months along as this point. Get a load of those shades! Ha!
This is the second post in a 6-month sponsored campaign with Hallmark, and in honor of Mother’s Day coming up in just a few weeks, they sent me a box with a sampling of their cards and gifts.
I can think of no sweeter gift to give a mom-to-be than a heartfelt card letting her know that her greatest adventure is about to begin.
But they have more than just cards to help you celebrate the moms in your life. They have an adorable collection of gifts you can personalize too.
You can never go wrong with handprint crafts. Those are priceless gifts. And I love the chalkboard frame kit that comes with a chalkboard and chalk that you can use to write your own messages and then print your photos and place them in the frame. And the Shutterfly MOM frame is brilliant. It comes with instructions for how to upload your photos to Shutterfly.com and they will send you a precut print to fill your frame.
I can’t wait to get to work on mine. I’ll post photos to Instagram and Facebook once I get them personalized with my own photos and messages.
Do you know of someone about to become a mom for the first time? Nominate her in Hallmark’s 100 First-Time Moms contest!
Here’s how it works. Nominate a first-time mom you want to surprise with a Hallmark care package filled with products to help her capture and celebrate special memories from baby’s first year. Of the qualified nominations collected between April 2 and April 30, 2014, Hallmark will randomly select 100 winners and mail a care package directly to her doorstep, arriving in time for Mother’s Day!
And wait. It gets better! Your nomination enters you into our sweepstakes to win one of five Hallmark Gold Crown $100 gift cards to be selected at the end of the program.
This post is the second in a six-month series sponsored by Hallmark. All thoughts and opinions are my own.