What was it like to find out your were pregnant?
I have one daughter, Aria. She will be one year old on Halloween this year (2014.) I honestly cannot describe in words the feelings that I went through when I first found out I was pregnant. Due to previous health issues, I was told that it would be very hard for me to have children. So the emotion that I felt when seeing that positive pregnancy test were just purely indescribable.
Describe how it felt the first time you held Aria in your arms:
I hardly was able to hold Aria after giving birth. She was almost instantly rushed to the NICU because she had a collapsed lung. The nurse handed her to me honestly for no more than 5 seconds before briskly taking her away. I did not get to see her again for almost two hours. I was absolutely terrified those few seconds that I first held her. At the time, the doctor and nurses still were not sure what was wrong with her. I turned to my husband, completely hysterical, and asked 'Is she going to live?' At that time I couldn't get an answer. I finally got to hold my daughter again in the NICU the next day. That was the first time that I looked her in the eyes and knew that this precious girl was going to be alright and THAT was the most blissful moment of my life.
What’s the best part about being a mom?
The best part about being a mom is realizing that I helped create this tiny little human who is growing and developing a personality all her own. She is my best friend. I love making her giggle. That laugh, seriously, can turn my world around in a split second. It's unreal.
What has taken you by surprise about motherhood? What do you wish someone would have filled you in on beforehand?
How moms tend to compete with each other. I believe it's more important to support each other rather than judge or decide if another is raising their child 'correctly.'
What do you most wish you could hold onto forever about Aria being little?
Aria discovering everything for the first time and the innocence within those moments. Witnessing her learn things that she has never known amazes me.
What do you hope Aria grows up to become? What type of human are you trying to raise?
I hope Aria is happy with herself and in whatever she chooses to do in life. I want her to love and be loved. I hope that she has a great relationship with God. I also want her to realize the power of laughter, confidence and respect for herself and others.
If you could give a word of advice or encouragement to other moms, what would it be?
Relax and take it all in. These moments pass way too fast and we cannot get them back. Life is just too precious and our children are the most precious of all.
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