What Motherhood Looks Like

The folks atΒ 1-800 flowers were kind enough to send me these gorgeous flowers and compensate me for my time to go through all the photos and put this post together. All my opinions (and painted plant pots) are my own.

On Mother’s Day, my Instagram feed was flooded with gorgeous pictures of smiling faces, brunches and shout outs to everyone’s awesome mom. It was really wonderful but also gave me a weird wave of FOMO – should we do a breakfast hike!? Should I dig out a nice picture of my mom holding me as a baby?! We don’t have a Mother’s Day tradition! We need a Mother’s Day tradition!!

So I asked you guys what your day looked like. Was it fun, was it sad, was it comical? You didn’t disappoint.

Here are just a few of my faves!

Trying to get a photo with all 4 of my kids. This is the best we got. I showed my oldest son the picture later and he spoke the truth as only a 7-year-old can, “It was something impossible to do.” Indeed. – Elizabeth


I spend my mothers Day playing with this little one after church – Andrea


My daughter, Dottie (16 months), & I spent time with several family members Sunday. This picture is of her with two of them. My grandma Mary (Dottie’s great-grandma) is on the right. On the left is my Grandma’s best friend Lizzie, who is like another grandmother to me. They are 86 and 92! We are so blessed to have a big extended family full of people to love on us. – Allison


I ran a 5k with my mom! – Alicia from @its.her.world


How was my Mother’s Day? Lovely, except the part where I got pooped on. Not by my child though, but by a bird, at the zoo, while feeding the lorikeets. My 7 month pregnant bump caught it all. Photo moments before it happened. – Kimberly

My daughter Savannah clearly had a great time at our Mother’s Day brunch! πŸ™‚ Teething rocks…said no Momma ever!! – Cassie


Love the card from Shauna’s guys πŸ˜‰


I celebrated Mother’s Day with the little one who made me a mother 18 weeks ago, my Natalie Grace. It’s amazing how someone so small can bring so much joy. We had my parents and in-laws over for brunch (my dad makes delicious pancakes). Later my husband and I took the little one in the pool for the first time. She loved it! – Ashley

On my first Mother’s Day, it seems only appropriate to share the video of the first time I really, really felt like a mama. Beast was 17 days old before I got to hold her for the first time. Since she was born so early, and was so tiny, I never got to feel really strong movements in the womb. I never got that big, round belly. Never went into labor. At first, we could only gently touch her and couldn’t bother her for more than a few minutes at a time. Getting to hold this little girl was the most amazing feeling. One of the happiest moments of my life. I was so worried about her. Not only about her survival, but about our relationship. Would we still bond? Would she know me as her mama when I could only see her a few hours a day? When our amazing nurse Lauren, who was like a mom to me in the NICU, put the Beast in my hands, she snuggled right in and fell asleep. It was perfect. And in that moment, I finally started to think we might be okay. Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mamas out there. And much love. This is a hard day for many too. For those with a sick baby, those who have lost a baby, those who desperately want a baby​, or those who have lost their mothers. It’s tough. I wish my own mom could be here to meet this amazing little girl. So hugs and virtual flowers all around. ❀❀❀ πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

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High fives to all you moms and thanks for sharing the whole picture of motherhood!

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