A mama state of mind…
Sunday was such a beautiful day that I couldn’t resist getting out for a long walk…while listening to some of my favorite songs. “New York State of Mind” played as I was reflecting on the day I spent with my daughter. Olivia will deliver my first grandbaby in three and a half weeks!
Lately, I have found myself going into Mama mode as the arrival of this precious bundle approaches…once a mama always a mama. Even
Thursday, I had the need to check on Olivia…I remembered when I was expecting my first baby… how tired I was after teaching all day…(man that was a long time ago!)
A day visit is never enough..but we covered a lot of ground…a dry run to the hospital…I know where to park…what floor for labor and delivery…scares me just to think about it! A lesson in how to disconnect the carseat from the base and properly attach it in the car…with all that behind us…a movie and dinner made for a some great mother/daughter time.
Thinking about mothering my own children, I remember the fear of making mistakes…doing something wrong…so much pressure to do it all right. The passage of time is a wonderful thing in many ways as we can reflect on how much we have learned…
What I have learned is… no parent does it ALL right….we do our best in making decisions…and over time we may learn that we need to try a different strategy or approach…parenting is a process…reading all the books in the world is nothing to on the job mothering…and parenting. I found constants to guide me…my faith..Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.”…my personal values and belief system…to me being a mother has been is the biggest responsibility I have had.
So as I move into my new role…I am going try and be like my mother was to me…available…not pushy…helpful…not in charge (which will be my challenge)…and always an encourager as she grows in her new role….
I can’t wait!