I’ve never believed in love at first sight, not true unconditional love, the kind of love which lasts forever.
But this year I found out I was wrong. Love at first sight is real and it’s shockingly overwhelming and amazingly beautiful all at the same time.
This realisation came the day I became “Mummy”. In a moment everything else fell away and life for me became all about my little girl.
I cannot explain the feeling. There are no words to express this love. I have actually found motherhood cannot be truly explained, it can only be felt and understood through living it, and for that reason I am so grateful for this opportunity to be a parent.
I have since developed a whole new understanding and appreciation for how other parents feel about their kids and how my parents must feel about my sisters and I. When thinking about my daughter and how much I love her, I have thought several times “wow, my parents love me this much!”
And while it’s still relatively new for me I imagine this love only deepens and grows (this is what I’m told anyway).
For all the parents and carers out there (biological, step, foster, hands-on grand parents and special aunties & uncles), I express to you so much gratitude for loving and raising your kids.
Parenting is certainly an unrelenting and important role, and a constant lesson in trust, surrender and unconditional love.
“Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.”
– Elizabeth Stone