I can remember so many points in my life where I always thought my Mom was my biggest enemy, feeling like she was holding me back from being free. However, now that I have grown and I look back I realize that she was simply misunderstood and heckling me out of love. Heck – I shouldn’t even call it heckling. She was supporting me and loving me through some of my more difficult years. Yes, I was a difficult teenager, aren’t we all?!
Years have past and I can now proudly say that my Mom has become the friend that I never thought I would have. She has taught me the true definition of love, but not only that she has also taught me the true definition of strength. She’s admirable and an inspiration.
Quite honestly, my Mom is probably one of the strongest women I know. She is a woman who has been through so much over the years. More recently witnessing her mother battle ALS and passing away from the horrid disease.
Times haven’t always been great, but she has always worn her most courageous smile and continued to put her best foot forward, even during those points when she may have wanted to crumble and give up. She didn’t. That’s strong.
She has been a woman that has shown me that with a little patience, courage, motivation and encouragement you can get through just about anything.
As many of you know I welcomed my fourth child into my life a couple of months ago.
My pregnancy with Oakley was a very rocky one which was filled with many complications. The last month of my pregnancy found me in and out of hospital a lot for ultrasounds, fetal monitoring and eventually an induction for Obstetric Cholestasis.
During that month, my Mom and I talked more than we ever had before. She knew I was scared, but she never once called me out on it. I was afraid to admit my fears. In fact, I never did until now. All the complications piling up had me fearing that I would never get to hold Oakley in my arms.I can honestly say I thought I was going to lose him. I am getting all choked up just reflecting on the past.
When word came that I would have to be induced, my Mom without hesitation packed up her belongings and drove out the 2 hours in the middle of a winter storm to be with me at the hospital.
She was there by my side during fetal monitoring when Oakley’s heart climbed to dangerously high levels. She was there with me when the cervidial was inserted. She was there with me to walk the halls of the hospital for hours on end, talking about nonsense (well… just about anything to keep me distracted) as we waited for my body to go into labour. More importantly she was there right by my side cheering me on during my intense 1.25 hour active labour.
I know given our family history that she was equally as scared as I was about the possibilities of losing Oakley. I know it was hard for her to be in the birthing suite with me while I laboured, but at the same time I know it was equally as exciting for her to be there to witness his birth. It was the first time she had gotten to be there for the birth of any of her grandchildren.
I didn’t know it then, but my husband says she cried tears of joy watching me delivery sweet Oakley. What I don’t think she will ever fully understand is how much I will cherish that she got to be there for me during such a momentous time in my life.
It takes someone strong to make someone strong, and she has surely brought me much courage over the years through her love, support and lessons in life. I don’t know what I would do without her! (Love you, Mom!)
P&G celebrates Mom with their latest “Thank You Mom” video release!
With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games just under 100 days away! P&G has launched it’s iconic “Thank You Mom” video themed around being “Strong”.
“Strong” explores the simple human truth that the daily courage moms show echoes at critical times throughout their kids’ lives. The film follows the Olympic Games journeys of four moms and their kids, showing the moments, both large and small, when a mother’s strength makes all the difference, and building to the moment each child summons their own courage on the world’s biggest stage – the Olympic Games.
I encourage you to check out this heartwarming video, as I feel it is a testament to Mom’s everywhere!
AND – I would love for you to share a comment below telling me about a time when your Mom made you exuded strength, encouraging you to shoot for your dreams and not give up!
Disclosure: I am a Pampers Baby Panel ambassador. I have received compensation. All opinions are those of my own.