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Friday, 2 October 2009

Thoughts on becoming a mother

I still read the fertility friends board most days, I see many women who achieve their dream of becoming a mother, and sadly I also see many other women who like me have suffered terrible losses that are more heartbreaking than you can imagine.

A few weeks ago a lady who was having twins lost one of the babies at 31 weeks, she called him Noah and his funeral was last week. She also gave birth to a daughter named Leah, so for her she has the difficult task of dealing with joy and grief all at the same time.

Someone posted a message to her that I want to share on here as it is exactly how both myself and my husband feel about these babies. I couldn't have written this better if I had tried.

Thoughts on becoming a mother - author unknown

There are women that become mothers without effort,
without thought, without patience or loss
and though they are good mothers and love their children,
I know that I will be better.

I will be better not because of genetics, or money or that I have read more books,
but because I have struggled and toiled for this child.
I have longed and waited. I have cried and prayed.
I have endured and planned over and over again.
Like most things in life, the people who truly have appreciation are those who have struggled to attain their dreams.

I will notice everything about my child.
I will take time to watch my child sleep, explore and discover.
I will marvel at this miracle every day for the rest of my life.
I will be happy when I wake in the middle of the night to the sound of my child,
knowing that I can comfort, hold and feed her
and that I am not waking to take another temperature, pop another pill,
take another shot or cry tears of a broken dream.
My dream will be crying for me.

I count myself lucky in this sense: that God has given me this insight,
this special vision with which I will look upon my child that my friends will not see.
Whether I parent a child I actually give birth to or a child that God leads me to,
I will not be careless with my love.
I will be a better mother for all that I have endured.
I am a better wife, a better aunt, a better daughter,
neighbour, friend and sister because I have known pain.

I know disillusionment as I have been betrayed by my own body,
I have been tried by fire and a hell that many never face,
yet given time, I stood tall.
I have prevailed.
I have succeeded.
I have won.

So now, when others hurt around me,
I do not run from their pain in order to save myself discomfort.
I see it, mourn it, and join them in theirs.
I listen.

And even though I cannot make it better, I can make it less lonely.
I have learned the immense power of another hand holding tight to mine,
of other eyes that moisten as they learn to accept the harsh truth,
to accept when life is beyond hard.

I have learned a compassion that only comes with walking in these shoes.
I have learned to appreciate life.
Yes, I will be a wonderful mother.


Anonymous said...

Tears in my eyes as I continue along the hard road. What wonderful words to read. xxx

Minow x

Anonymous said...

Hi Elly, I have been following your blog since hearing of it on the Shady Grove Facebook page. You are an inspiration.

I am a fellow SG patient and parent off 2 boys who came to me after over 4 years of struggles. My road was nothing compared to yours but I can tell you that the poem you posted is so completely true.

All the best to you as you continue your pregnancy.