It’s Monday, which means it is time to welcome a new mama to the blog! This week’s featured mom is Sara B.
Sara and I went to high school together, and even then, she was hilarious and kind to everyone she came in contact with. This trait is something that people love about her. She is one of those people that radiates positivity and warmth. She makes you feel comfortable when you’re around her, even if she just met you 5 minutes ago. Sara’s motherhood story is beautiful, and I am thankful to know her and watch it play out, mostly on social media. Get the tissues ready because there will be some things that make you tear up, but don’t worry, Sara balances that out with some laugh-out-loud answers below.
1. Explain your “motherhood journey.” Including your kid(s) and their age(s)
My motherhood journey started early when I found out at 18 I was pregnant. At 19, I gave birth to a 10 pound little boy named Garrison, who is now 2.5 years old. Though parenting alone is not ideal, I wouldn’t trade this life for anything.
2.What is the biggest lesson (or 2 or 3) that you’ve learned from being a mom?
My biggest lesson I learned is that God’s plan is always different and bigger for your child. I imagined baseball and mud-trucks, but Garrison is different. After finding out he is special needs my life and perceptions changed in many ways. Music is our life and the way we communicate joy and love since he is not able to speak. A lesson in this lesson is to step away and breathe; for every parent this is a need! If your child is a baby, put him/her in a Bumbo, turn a movie on, and step outside. If your little one is a toddler, I recommend a baby gate for their bedroom so you can lock that sucker and run! Trust me, the mess can wait- BREATHE!
3. Share one (or 2 or 3) funny or sweet stories that make it all worth it.
Our journey is hard, but we stick together. Just recently we saw a geneticist at Children’s Autism Clinic. I received sensitive and hard news of future possibilities and more trials. Garrison is not a fan of being touched by people other than me. I stepped outside, plopped in a chair on the back porch and instantly heard Garrison’s little feet coming my way. I looked at him with tears in my eyes, wondering what I could possibly do to give him an easier life, and he climbed up next to me. He hugged me as tight as he could. In that moment it clicked that no matter what motherhood brings you, your little ones always see you as their biggest hero.
4.What do you think the biggest challenge of being a mom is?
The biggest challenge for me is getting somewhere on time.
My thought process daily-
“Did I grab the wipes?”
“Where is his dinosaur?” (his best friend)
“Is that milk good or bad in that sippy cup?”
“Socks… socks… DO WE EVEN OWN SOCKS?!”
“Two left shoes… I’ll just say he dressed himself.”
“Really? 3 days of no pooping and now you want too?”
“….annnnd now it’s rush hour.”
— You know, it’s 2016- when the heck are they going to come out with a teleporting machine already?!
5. If you could write a “job description” of being a mom, what would it say?
-Can hold a 35lb sack of potatoes (toddler) while making a pb&j and getting juice poured down shirt without crying.
-Sweeps and cleans 6x a day
-Everyday feels like Monday
-Sorry, daylight savings doesn’t include you 🙂
-Yearly Salary: -$15,000
-Cuddles and kisses: Priceless
6. What’s something from your family growing up that you think affects your parenting or the way you raise your child(ren)?
My dad always covered me in kisses before he left for long work trips and right before I would go to sleep- now even at 22 he still does. No matter the age, I will always show affection towards Garrison. It holds trust, care, and the heart of Jesus with his affection towards us as his children.
7. If you knew someone who just found out they were pregnant with their first baby, what would be your two pieces of advice for them? A practical tip and a piece of wisdom.
– Practical tip- sleep while you can.
-Piece of wisdom- SLEEP WHILE YOU CAN!
8. Anything else you want to include?
Don’t beat yourself up. If you’re a single mom or married, your children are your biggest fans- always! You’re beautiful, stretch marks and all (rock those bags under your eyes like they’re designer!). But most of all, believe in yourself and follow God’s footsteps. Lead your children to hope and a future- keep them in church, sing with them, read with them, and pray over them and Jesus will do the rest.
One of my favorite things Sara said was, “Lead your children to hope and a future- keep them in church, sing with them, read with them, and pray over them and Jesus will do the rest.” Henry is only 5 months old, and I already find myself stressing out about this and that. When we have our identity in Jesus and we trust Him, we can rest knowing that He will take care of our children because He loves them infinitely more than we ever could.
Thank you so much, Sara!! I loved reading every single one of your answers. Your trust in the Lord is so encouraging.
What was your favorite thing that Sara said? Do you have a question you want the Motherhood Monday moms to answer? Comment on this post or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Know a mom that needs some encouragement or can relate to Sara’s story? Send them a link to this post! The goal of these posts is to reach out, encourage, and empathize with moms all around.