03 May Parenting: Am I Invisible?
I am so excited to meet this baby, but I am terrified of being a mother and everyone says that I’ll know exactly what to do once I’m holding her…
We see you and don’t dismiss your fears.
I think I want to breastfeed, but I’m not sure how I will feel about letting my baby or others touch my breasts. I’ve never told anyone this secret…
We see you and we hear you.
After what happened last time, I know that planning a repeat cesarean is what I need to do. But everyone says I’m crazy and selfish…
We see you and acknowledge that you know what is best for you, physically and emotionally.
I’m exhausted, and nervous, and can’t believe that they are letting us go home with this baby.
We recognize how overwhelming it can be to take your baby home for the first time.
I feel like I’ve been reduced to just a pair of boobs…
We see all of you.
I haven’t had time to shower in three days, does no one see that I just need a minute?
We see how much of yourself you are giving to your baby and are prepared to help provide the space for you to refill your cup.
If only the people in this store knew how long this screaming has been going on and how helpless I feel.
We see you and know that your stress began building long before this moment.
No one understands what this feels like, to watch my child lay in the NICU with tubes and monitors, sedated. I can’t even hold her.
We see you and your loneliness, the fear for your child, the heartache of seeing her so sick.
I wanted to breastfeed. Everyone told me I should. I feel so guilty for switching to formula.
We see you and how much you love your baby.
I cannot wait to go back to work next week, but I don’t tell anyone that because they’ll think I don’t like being a mom.
We see you and know that sometimes we need time away from parenting, in order to be at our best.
I feel so ragged and like I don’t even know who I am anymore.
We see you and recognize how much of yourself you are giving to your home and child.
We see you.
We hear you.
We value you.
You are not invisible to us.
We know you shouldn’t have to do this alone.
We have experienced the demands of parenthood.
We stand beside you.
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