this is motherhood {too}

September 1, 2011, Michaela Evanow, 0 Comments

This is a place where mama’s share stories. The ones that have shaped them, changed them, moved them, broken them.

This is where we strip back the layers. Sometimes writing the story is the hardest, holiest part. But we begin anew when we plant our words in the hopes that someone else will see clearly, love fiercely, breathe deeply.

Motherhood, to me, has become something incredibly beautiful, but far more challenging than I was expecting.

No one tells you, hey, you might give birth to a sick baby, and she won’t reach a single physical milestone. You’ll be up late at night scanning through “4 month old milestones” and torturing yourself because your little one does not fit onto the list.
When did she start crawling? Does she eat solids yet? She can’t do those things…

Then, loneliness sets in. Your story suddenly seems extravagant and far from simple.

You are not alone. 

I want to hear your story, your little or big, beautiful story of motherhood.

But the one that’s different.

Has motherhood looked completley different than you thought it would be?

Maybe it’s sickness, death, loss, divorce, chronic illness, living overseas, adoption, PMAD’s, depression or anxiety. So many mothers have already joined in. Won’t you?

I would love to hear from you, dear one! And so would everyone else. Your story has value.

SUBMISSIONS:

Email me your story {michaelaevanow@gmail.com}

Guidelines:

  • Fresh content please, not published on your blog or another site.
  • Word count doesn’t matter!
  • Write from the viewpoint that motherhood looks like “this” too.
  • Please include: your name (or if you prefer to be anonymous), a short biography, website if applicable, and a few pictures relevant to your post.

Need some help? Here are some questions to get the juices flowing:

  • Was there a specific grief that you have gone through, that has radically shaped your motherhood journey?
  • Why does motherhood look different than you expected? What do you feel you miss out on?
  • Have you had a whole new outlook on what motherhood means?
  • Did you ever feel that you couldn’t be the mama you wanted to be?
  • Do you ever feel like you “can’t do this”, but have learned that you can and you are a mother, no matter what?

Sharing your story encourages other mothers to share their stories. Time and time again I have had mamas say they never would have shared their story, until they read a similar one. How amazing and encouraging is your story?

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