I finally found my child. Motherhood refers to the state of being a mother. A woman enters motherhood when she becomes a mother. This normally happens when their child is born, but it can also happen through adoption, marriage, or partnering with someone who already has children. The phrase “motherhood” is a female-specific version of the term “parenthood.”
Motherhood. It’s exhausting, energizing, soul-sucking, and gives you a sense of accomplishment. It makes you question everything while simultaneously making you feel like you know everything.
My baby arrived three months ahead of schedule. Instead of being coiled up and safe inside, she was outside, in an incubator. She came back home, blossomed, and grew into a cuddler. She slams herself against me at times and reaches a hand or foot for a light connection at other moments. I don’t want her to remember squabbles over shoes, angry threats, or childhood disappointments. I want her to remember leaning against my chest or climbing into my lap and feeling utterly safe.