My name is Michelle and I am a first time mom to my daughter, Olivia. Even though Olivia was planned, I was nervous if motherhood would be something that I could handle. I just never felt that those motherly instincts were embedded within my DNA. A prime example of my lack of motherly instincts was at my baby shower. There I was, 9 months pregnant, and my friend unexpectedly hands me her new baby. I didn’t cuddle or swaddle the baby. I held her away from my body like she was an alien creature I had never seen before. The baby quickly began crying and I instantly gave the baby back to her mother. Onlookers were horrified. I knew I was in trouble.
This past year has been the craziest time in my life. My pregnancy sucked. I dealt with a non-progressing, 2-day induction that finally ended in a c-section. My sweet, beautiful baby turned into a screaming demon once colic hit. I’ve been covered in more spit-up than I could have ever imagined.
None of the baby classes could have prepared me for this. This has been complete “on-the-job training” and we’ve done things that are a little unconventional, but they work. I’m not sure if other mothers have had the learning curve that I have had to endure. Either they were born with maternal instincts or they faked it. I can tell you that I’m still looking for mine. So on my search, I invite you to join me on my journey and laugh at my trials and tribulations, because they are definitely funny and ridiculous. I hope that you can also use some of my experiences to help you get through this thing called “Motherhood.”