Teri Parkhurst is a marketing and communications professional who is currently on maternity leave with her first child, a beautiful baby boy.
I am lucky enough to be surrounded by women who are also incredible mothers. My own mother, my aunts, my friends, my mother-in-law, my coworkers—I have no shortage of inspiring moms in my life who I appreciated and respected long before I was a mother myself. (Side note: I also know many men, my husband, father and father-in-law included, who are excellent dads, but we’re exclusively talking moms today.)
Then along came my son and my feelings towards mothers shifted dramatically. They’re not just incredible—they are superheroes. They are other-worldly. They are indescribable. They blow my mind every single day.
Being a mom is hard. It doesn’t take a mother to know this logically, but I never fully understood just how hard it really is before I was the one sleeping in two-hour increments while also recovering from one of the most physically demanding experiences I had ever faced, and trying to interpret those little baby cries while also trying not to think too hard about the fact that I was suddenly responsible for this tiny, beautiful human.
Motherhood is also amazing, of course, and it’s worth every single sleepless night and irrational worry and missed night out and bodily fluid cleanup. But it’s hard. And as much as I respected mothers before I was a mother myself, I really had no idea how much of themselves mothers give to their families.
The love of a mother is an entity all its own. It really can’t be compared to anything else. It means putting others ahead of yourself, all day, every day. It means endless laundry and hundreds of diaper changes and lugging a car seat with a quickly growing baby everywhere you go. It’s a thankless job sometimes, and yet more fulfilling than one could ever expect.
So leading up to this, my first Mother’s Day, I share my wonder at how truly extraordinary all of you mothers are. I know you don’t always feel it, but trust me—as a new member of your club, I can genuinely say that you are freaking awesome. Seriously, superwoman. So take a moment this Mother’s Day—heck, take a moment every single day—and congratulate yourself on being the strong, fabulous, incredible woman that you are. Happy Mother’s Day!