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October 18, 2017

Dear Mama- A Letter To Myself

A quick letter of encouragement for the Real Mom. You are not alone. (no really, your toddler will follow you into the bathroom)

Dear Mama,

There is so much you don’t know about being a mother, about newborns and the way they eat and sleep, about discipline and sleep training, the do’s & dont’s of, well, everything, and about taking care of yourself. But I want to tell you something: it’s 100% OKAY.

There will be days that you’ll want to lock yourself in the bathroom and cry because you have no idea what you’re doing and sob because your toddler won’t nap. You’ll want to scream because each piece of food you give them gets thrown onto the floor (yes, even the milk). You’ll feel anxious and depressed while you see the seasoned mom take dreamy vacations with their 3 kids while everyone else seems to be carrying on with their perfect lives. Mama, you are not alone.

Sometimes you’ll have really hard weeks days where you’ll feel you’re just surviving, waiting for help to arrive so you can take a shower or do something to make you feel like a human again.

But, more often than not, you’ll have those days that are utterly and completely fulfilling. The days you imagined you would have while growing that sweet baby inside of you. Your child/children will play well, eat well, sleep well, and love on you until you think your heart might burst. Those, those are the days that fill us to the brim and keep us going. The best fragment of wisdom I can impart on you is to not let the mom guilt win. Stop comparing & competing with other mamas. We are ALL trying our best to raise our babes. Find your tribe of moms and love them, support them, and remind them daily that they are making a difference.

After all, we are our children’s source of life, comfort, support, and direction. These tiny lives are ours for the molding; and THAT Mama, is the greatest responsibility of all.

“A Real Mom:

Emotional, yet the rock.

Tired, but keeps going.

Worried, but full of hope.

Impatient, yet patient.

Overwhelmed, but never quits.

Amazing, even though doubted.

Wonderful, even in the chaos.

Life changer, every single day.”

-Rachel Martin FindingJoy.net

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5 Comments

  • Danae

    Love this post! Go moms! ❤️

    October 18, 2017 at 9:48 pm Reply
    • Tori

      Moms rock! Thanks girl!

      October 19, 2017 at 4:19 pm Reply
  • Ron

    That was one of the best posts I’ve read in a long time–Not just from you, but from anyone! Real post! Real life! Real fears! Real love! I believe this post will reach a lot of people and touch a lot of hearts—I know it touched mine!
    Thank you for sharing and on a side note, I loved the humor in the sub-title.

    October 18, 2017 at 9:03 pm Reply
    • Tori

      Thanks so much! ♡

      October 19, 2017 at 4:20 pm Reply
      • Rhonda Klave

        Very well put, Tori. From the time that tiny little bundle comes home with you until God takes you home you will always feel the same way. GG

        October 20, 2017 at 1:39 am Reply

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