When you’re done having babies

  • The Free Mama
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  • February 22, 2017
  • Dear mama,

    You are done having babies.

    I know part of you is really sad about this.

    The oldest two are hardly babies anymore, and your newborn is no longer a newborn. Time sure seems to speed up with each child, doesn’t it?

    You’ve breathed in every moment with this precious last one and I know you’ll continue to cherish these early years.

    I know part of you is really sad about this, but I also know that part of you is a little relieved.

    Pregnancy was never very fun for you. It’s okay to feel a little excited even now that you can kiss the days of constant nausea goodbye.

    In fact, you can say goodbye to those maternity clothes, too. Sure, they were comfy, but they just remind you of back pain, heartburn and hovering over the toilet.

    So go on. Find an expecting first-time mom and just give them to her with a knowing smile. The same way they were passed down to you.

    And it’s okay if you’re not quite ready to get rid of any baby clothes just quite yet. You hold on to them as long as you need to. I know there will be times when you ache for the days of snuggling up with a newborn.

    Just don’t get any ideas, because you are done having babies.

    It’s almost funny to think about how quickly this all happened.

    From the moment you got married, people have been asking when you’d start having kids.

    As soon as you birthed that first sweet baby, those same well-meaning folks were asking when she’d get a brother or sister.

    And then the questions stopped.

    But your baby itch did not.

    Do you remember when you started telling people you were pregnant with number three? They start to look at you like you’re nuts!

    Today, you are officially outnumbered and yet your hands feel as full as your heart does.

    And it feels good.

    You truly feel as though your family is complete.

    But just remember, while you’re done having babies, you have a lot more parenting to do.

    Stay strong, mama.

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