Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mama Bear

So there's this neat blog network made for and by Moms of Multiples (MoMs) and its appropriately called Multiples and More.  Each week they pose a question for other MoMs to answer. 

This week's "Question Of The Week" is: What is your favorite thing about being a MoM?

This is such a good question.  I think I can speak for many mothers, and not just mothers of multiples, when I say that my children have given me an enormous sense of empowerment.

(Sidenote: I'm kind of on an empowerment kick today because this weekend I was able to take all the kids out on a major shopping outing and to church this morning all by myself, and we all survived.  I feel I can do anything!)

As a parent, and I mean from the moment you find out you are carrying a child (or 2 ) you automatically become an advocate for that child.  You're not just looking out for #1 anymore.  That protective Mama Bear instinct kicks in and you know you will do anything for your cubs.   

In my case, I became a protective Mama Bear when my son Noah was on the way.  I had no problem asking many a stranger to put out his cigarette.  :)

5 years later, our twins were born premature, which brings us to an interesting point in our journey as their parents.  They spent a lot of time in the NICU, which in many ways, makes parents like us feel powerLESS.  It is as if the hospital is the parent, and we are just friends of the family.  They do their best to help us not to feel this way, but it is a difficult thing when you are leaving your precious babies in someone else's care.

Cut to: now. 

20 months later.  Both girls have been in and out of the hospital.  Both are still being followed by specialists.  I have copies of their medical charts and let me tell you, I could fill a bookshelf with them!

When a child has a medical condition, the Mama Bear becomes more fierce. 

She needs her questions answered.  She does research.  She seeks out advice.  She gets to know the doctors better than she ever thought she would.

All in the name of her children.


My answer is empowerment. :)

1 comment:

  1. This is perfect! Empowerment is a very good word to describe being a MoM! Great post! Hope your Mother's day was grand!