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Motherhood: All love Begins and Ends there. ~ Robert Browning

Mothers are not rare to find, but good mothers are. Have you ever wondered what goes on to make a good mother? What lies in the heart of an ideal mother? It is a pertinent question whose answer cannot be contained within a few words. Mothers comprise of a bundle of emotions that sometimes defy reason. So this goes out to all the mothers who have kept awake all night with their sick toddlers in their arms, constantly uttering those compassionate words, “It is okay honey, Mommy is here.”

 

For the young and aged mothers, working mothers and housewives, married mothers and the single mothers, those with money and without and for those without whom life would have been insufferable. We wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day!

 

On Motherhood:

There’ve been nights where I’ve cried myself to sleep and nights where I cried from laughing so hard. Each day has brought a new, exciting adventure, a new milestone, a new word or a new laugh.

-Bendangla

 

Watching my son discover new things has been the highlight of my life. While I’ve watched him learn and develop over the past year, he’s taught me something new every day. -Jendano

 

Writing everything important down is something I do everyday. Before becoming a mother I never ever forgot about appointments. But now my mind is preoccupied with a million other things and nine times out of ten, I will forget. -Asin

 

Explosive diapers happen at the most inopportune times – like while travelling, while shopping or during a road trip with nowhere to stop, except for the side of the road. -Meena

 

I bring burp cloths everywhere and I never forget them, because one time I brought my son to a wedding and he vomited on the person sitting next to us. It was very embarrassing. -Nzani

 

Having kids put a huge emotional and physical toll on your body and mind. You bear so much that sometimes you realise you’re so much stronger than you had thought. -Ate

 

There’s no doubt about the fact that I have learnt to multitask. It’s funny because I thought I was a pro at multitasking before I had my baby, but I learned a whole new level of multitasking after the baby. Whether I was on a phone call while bouncing my daughter on my hip or walking with the stroller while cooking, I learned how to keep my cool and manage more than one task at a time. -Akali

 

Not everything will work out the way you plan. I wanted to have a natural birth and after the first child, my husband and I decided to have a birth plan, but none of them worked out. Our birth plan and my natural birth were quite useless. -Sara

Hard times will pass. Every sleep regression, sickness and teething episode can drive you to the point of exhaustion. However, it will not last forever. Just when you think you’ve reached your breaking point, they’ll do something absolutely adorable or hit a new milestone that will bring you immense joy. -Kika

 

Trust me; a mother’s intuition is real. If you feel like your baby is sick or there is an underlying problem, address it with your doctor. There were many times where I called the doctor because something seemed off. Even when it was just a viral infection, at least I had confirmation and peace of mind. -Aleno

 

I used to love hearing parenting advices from family and friends. I used to research on the “proper” parenting methods too. But with that said, I learned that no method works for every single child. What works for my child may not work for yours. But it is great to listen, research and read up on advice and other methods to figure out what works for your baby. This is where listening to your gut comes into play. -Menuo

 

I’m sure many moms will agree with the fact that time goes by faster as a mother. As cliché as this sounds, babies really do grow up quickly. It feels like the birth of my daughter was just yesterday. Her newborn clothes and her swaddles are too big for her now. Now she pretends to read every book and paper. This year flew by and as she gets older, time seems to be going by even faster. It does bring tears. -Fathima

 

I have learnt to enjoy the little moments – the snuggles, rocking your baby to sleep and the late nights and early mornings. But as time flies, the snuggles will happen less and less. Now that I have a child too, I’ve learned to soak them up and give them the love they crave. The days and nights seem long and hard, but in retrospect they are short. I remember how my mom would tell me all these things when I was a little girl. Now it’s happening to me and I’ll be passing these memories on to my daughter too. -Sentila

 

As a mom, it’s easy to put everyone else first and when we have little ones that solely depend on us to survive, we have to. But it’s also important to think about and take care of ourselves too. We are able to be better parents only when we are well rested and healthy. -Asano

 

Motherhood has taught me that my love for my husband will change. Seeing him with my kids makes me fall in love with him even more. He’s an amazing dad and always tries to give his girls what they need. The first year of parenting is really, really hard and it can also be hard on your marriage. I feel so lucky to have someone who is mine and the kids’ biggest fan. Parenthood did change our marriage and how I love my husband, but in a good way. We saw different sides of each other we didn’t know existed and we endured hard times but our relationship became so much stronger as an end result. -Rebecca

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