The Journey of Expecting a Baby and the Best Gifts for Expecting Mothers
Motherhood is amazing. Let’s celebrate motherhood by supporting the new mothers with some gifts to make them feel as special as they deserve.
Pretty soon everyone’s attention is going to go from your beautiful glowing pregnancy to a small adorable newborn baby. You will grow this baby inside you, go through hours of agonizing labor, push a baby out, or go through traumatic surgery to have the baby removed from your uterus. If you are expecting a baby, you deserve to be showered with gifts. If you know someone who is expecting, be the friend you wish you had. The journey of expecting a baby is wonderful and exciting. It’s also draining and full of neverending work. The days of pregnancy are exciting and sometimes embarrassing. The experience of being a new mother is full of admiration and exhaustion. It’s up and down and turned all around. Motherhood is thankless but so worth every good and bad day. Let’s give a hand to all the mamas. Not just a clapping hand but maybe a helping hand or a friendly hand. Let’s support all the beautiful mamas out there.
The journey of expecting a baby is beautiful. Remember that aching feeling in your heart, hoping that this would be the month that you missed your period. Your heart pounding as you watched the clock, waiting for the positive or negative test results. You’re so excited when the second line appears that you scream and jump up and down. You can’t wait to plan your gender reveal news and baby shower. You have so much excitement all over this little pea that has developed in your uterus.
No one is prepared for the exhaustion and burnout. Right after you have a baby, you have to breastfeed every hour, change diapers, and get no sleep. All while, recovering from pregnancy, birth and hormonal changes. You are expected to be happy and enjoy every minute of motherhood all while taking care of your other responsibilities of a career, husband, cleaning, cooking, other children, parents, and more. It’s exhausting but it’s all worth it when you see your baby smile for the first time, giggle for the first time, or call you mama.
Wow, nine months until you get to hold your baby in your arms. It feels like forever and a day. Every day you imagine what your baby will look like. You imagine nursing this child and kissing this child. Then you get morning sickness and every day feels like a century of being sick to your stomach. Your mood is up and down. You cry for no reason. You are filled with fear and anxiety, hoping your baby will be safe and healthy. The baby grows and your belly gets bigger. You start to see your belly jiggle with the baby’s kicks and punches. The creation of life is extraordinary and it all happens right in your belly. Then those kicks get stronger and it feels like an alien is trying to escape out of your vagina. Your back hurts. Your hips hurt. Your feet are swollen. You can’t tie your shoes and you have no idea what your vagina looks like anymore. Pregnancy is full of flatulence, heartburn, and urinary leakage. But pregnancy is also full of excitement and love.
Then your due date approaches and you are so excited to see your baby’s face. But the fear sets in of labor pains, pushing a baby out of your vagina, or even major surgery. The time comes and it’s horrifying but you forget every second of it when you hold your baby in your arms. Wait, the baby’s crying out of hunger. The baby won’t latch right. You’re worried the baby is losing weight. How many wet diapers have there been? Did you write it down? Where is the feeding schedule? The baby is hungry again? When will I sleep? Then you stare at your baby in awe and admiration. Your baby is so perfect.
As a mother you live in constant fear, anxiety, and guilt. Wanting to be a good enough mother, a good enough wife, and forget your own needs and desires. You are worried if your baby is breathing, too cold, too hot, hungry, constipated, or developing normally. You wonder if you are doing a good job, if you are giving enough love, providing enough milk, wondering if you are good enough. Every day for the rest of your life you will wonder if you are a good enough mother. All the struggles of motherhood on top of all the other struggles in your life. But it’s all worth it. No one can explain why we want to go through these difficulties to be a mother. Motherhood is challenging but it’s magnificent and magical.
Motherhood is selfless love. It’s demanding and it can be disappointing at times. But every minute is worth it, good or bad, to be able to look into your child’s eyes. The pride you feel for your child. It makes your heart flutter. It’s a thankless job that mothers are thankful for. You’ll be thankful for those Mother’s Day cards but there will be days that your child won’t like you. Some days you’ll deal with screaming and crying all day. Your husband won’t notice that the house is cleaned and dinner is cooked all while you were breaking up fights and screaming in your head. But when you are at your child’s wedding and you look back at your memories, won’t think about those chaotic days. You’ll remember the first time you looked into your baby’s eyes. You’ll remember those first steps. You’ll remember the first day of school. You’ll remember that first school dance and first date. You’ll go from having a toddler that holds on to you for dear life, who can never get enough of you, to a child that moves away and forgets to call you. Thankless motherhood, the most magical experience, an indescribable love, filled with endless worry and guilt. Motherhood is the best, most amazing, and beautiful adventure of life.
Motherhood is a dream come true. Finding out you are expecting is thrilling. It’s happiness mixed with fear. Pregnancy is magical and uncomfortable. Postpartum is spent looking at your baby in awe and wondering if you’ll ever sleep again. Motherhood is thankless and yet you are so thankful to be a mother. Let’s make the mamas feel loved and appreciated.
Here are some gift ideas for the new mamas:
Buy a spa gift box to help the new mama feel relaxed and special.
Gift the mama with a journal. Keeping a journal is a wonderful way to practice self-care. It can also help with self-awareness which is important at this time because postpartum depression can start to surface.
Buy some fun pens to doodle and journal.
Buy a gift for the new mama to practice meditation to help her cope with the new demands and stress of a newborn.
Gift a beautiful aromatherapy diffuser that can saturate the room with relaxing or energizing aromatherapy scents.
A new coffee mug to show off her new motherhood. The coffee will be needed. Might as well have a special mug to put it in.
The maternity pillows are a must-have if she doesn’t already have one.
This is the cutest way to show off baby’s sonogram.
How about a new beautiful necklace showing her motherhood with pride.
Tea is a great way to relax, especially when insomnia sinks in.
A reusable and microwavable heating pad to relax the aching muscles of pregnancy and breastfeeding.
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