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I Love Being a Mom, But Mother’s Day Disturbs Me. Here’s Why

From Ashley Renne Nsonwu, Mothers Against Diary
April 2022

Now imagine if that were us. Forcibly impregnated and our babies snatched away like an episode of The Handmaid’s Tale. And then someone comes along and pumps our milk day in and day out — not even to feed our own babies, but to feed an entirely different species from us. We’d revolt.

Ashley Renne Nsonwu
Ashley and Beyond...

I never thought I’d be a mom. Truthfully I didn’t think I’d make a great one since kids made me cringe my whole life. I never got the warm and fuzzies when I was around babies and I didn’t see how that could ever change. But then Jan 15, 2021 happened. It was the sweet, unforgettable day my son Beyond entered this world. Let me tell you – I never imagined I could possibly be this attached to a kid. Yet here I am. Utterly. Obsessed. With. Him.

The Beautiful Reality of Human Mothers

3 years ago I wouldn’t recognize the person I am today. A whole mother. I went from not wanting to be tied down in life by a baby to not wanting to envision any kind of life without my baby in it. Being Beyond’s mom shaped me into a version of myself I’m truly proud of and I couldn’t see him as a burden even on the hardest of days.

And trust me – there will be hard days. Just the mere act of transforming into this unfamiliar identity of “mother” can feel like a whirlwind. I suddenly found myself thrust into this secret society of overwhelmed and exhausted parents. As cliché as it sounds though, it is ultimately the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had.

I’ll never forget my first act as a new mom. The nurse laid my newborn child on top of my chest so I could breastfeed him. In that moment, I realized I had no clue what I was doing, and it was a feeling that was the first of many to come on my motherhood journey.

Breastfeeding, while natural and beautiful, is not instinctive for everyone. It’s a learned skill that I was willing to master so long as I had the ability to do so. Thankfully, while confusing at first, breastfeeding eventually came as naturally to both Beyond and me as breathing. I love breastfeeding; it was, and still is, blissful— my favorite way to bond and snuggle with this little person I remarkably created.


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