An Open Letter to a First-Time Mom

Classic Kolbs - first time mom

Dear First-Time Mom,

You may be wondering how you could possibly care for such a tiny life. Or how you could love someone so much that you just met. I’m here to let you know that it’s okay to have questions. This is something completely new and that no book you have read could possibly prepare you for. I had everything planned out, I wasn’t expecting that I would have my baby 16 days early, yet I did. That is parenthood, completely and totally unplanned. But from the moment my son was placed in my arms, I knew what a mother truly was. There will be days that are going to completely wear you out. Nights that seem like they will never end. Cries that you won’t know how to soothe. Then there are the smiles that you cherish. The laughter that brightens your day. Throughout this journey, you feel every emotion at once (yes it is possible, trust me). The bittersweet moments that come with your child growing up. Those nights that you’re awake with them will end. The time they first roll over, when they can sit up, crawl, take their first steps and say their first words. You want them to stay your little baby so bad but it is so exciting when they reach new milestones. So, it’s okay to cry, it’s okay to not know, it’s okay to feel completely helpless. My piece of advice? Cherish every moment. Take pictures. Write things down. Capture moments and make memories. This name we are given is so much more than just a name. It’s a way of life, it’s who we are. It is the greatest job, the greatest blessing we could be given.