Monday, September 8, 2008
Since having Trenton, I haven't been able to stop reeling at what motherhood means. Growing up, I knew my mother sacrificed her time and energy for us, but this first month of Trenton's life has given me a glimpse of the sacrifices I never really thought of.
A newborn needs so much love and attention, it's almost unbelievable. I think of all those times when my own mother must have rocked me to sleep and then gingerly placed me in the crib, holding her breath as she tiptoed out of the room--just like I do now with Trenton. I think of all those times she must have climbed into bed still holding her breath, relishing the silence but wondering if it would last--just like I do now. I think of all the times I must have started fussing in the crib after a few precious moments of quiet. I can imagine my mom thinking, "Please, just let her sleep for ten more minutes"--just like I do now.
I'm so grateful for my mother and for all the mothers out there who give everything for their children. It's not enough just to say thank you, but I guess the best way I can repay my mother is by doing it for my own children.
Posted by Erica Layne | Let Why Lead at 10:34 PM