YOU ARE ENOUGH
By Holly Crawshaw
The thing about having a baby is that no one, no one, can prepare you for the full experience. People will give you advice—mostly unsolicited—but until you take your sweet baby home, there just aren’t words to convey the joy, pain, responsibility, honor, anxiety, and sweetness of parenthood.
My first year of parenthood was a complete fog. I remember when my daughter turned one. I had mixed emotions about the day. I was still struggling to embrace my role as someone’s mother. I wasn’t sure what I was doing as a parent. I was hard on myself. I felt like everyone was handling motherhood so much better than I was. Shouldn’t I have had it together by then?
Remember what I said about unsolicited advice?
It’s my turn. I wanted to let you new parents know—well, really I want all parents, stepparents, single parents, aaaalll you legal guardians know—it’s okay to struggle with parenthood. It’s a relationship. And relationships are messy.
I am far from an expert, but here’s another thought for you . . .
If God wanted your kid to have another parent, He’d have given your kid to someone else. He’s a pretty smart guy . . .
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