This Mother’s Day will be my first as a new mom. While this holiday carries new significance for me, it also makes me reflect on the millions of moms out there for whom the arbitrary recognition of Mother’s Day is a meaningless blip in their day-to-day struggle to stay afloat.
The Mother’s Day applause for the heroics, strength, and selflessness of moms on May 14th is deserved. But applause is not enough for us to succeed. Bringing my child into the world and raising him is the most challenging (and yet best) thing I’ve done. I had a relatively easy pregnancy, but an unexpected C-section extended my recovery time. Thankfully, my son was born healthy and continues to thrive. It’s been a fun ride of baby’s firsts – the first laugh, the first crawl, and the first time he slept through the night! But it’s given me a new perspective on just how hard this actually is.