Two of my dear blogging friends are at the cusp of something great in their lives within just a few weeks of each other. Aine, who is taking a blogging break from her wonderful blog And My Baby, has just given birth to her second child but first beautiful baby girl, Miss Mouse, a little sister for Little M. And Lisa who blogs at mama.ie is expecting a baby in a few short weeks, also her second baby but first little girl, greatly anticipated by big brother Little Man. What an adventure for them both! To celebrate this exciting time for them and their growing families, The Irish Parenting Bloggers Group are throwing a virtual baby shower all this month to share their joy and wish them well. I am privileged to start the ball rolling on this first day and I’d like to begin with a mother blessing to Aine and Lisa – a celebration of this new phase of your mothering journeys.
You’ve both been here before. The intoxicating smell of a newborn, who curls up in a ball at your breast with her knees folded to her chest and her fists tight around her tiny face. Looking down you can see now exactly how she fit in your belly for all those months. The pillow soft body that fits comfortably in the crook of one arm. The fluttering eyes as she drifts off to sleep at the end of a feed. The soft purring as she dreams on your chest. That milky smell from her warm breathe. Those tiny nails that peel away with a little coaxing. That insistent rooting nudged by an empty tummy and that beautiful but heartbreaking mew when she calls out to you. Those silent moments in the late night darkness, where exhausted headiness mixes with a stillness of holding a moment and being present in it, knowing that this, this – just you and me, tiny baby – I’ll remember this forever when it has long passed.
You’ve both been here before alright but it’s still so completely brand new. It’s a girl! It’s a little sister! Now there’s two! Where once you were both the mother of a boy, your mothering horizons are extending to take in a girl. There’s new territory ahead – in mothering a girl, in mothering a boy not the only apple in mama’s eye now, in mothering the boy and girl together as you all figure it out together. As your houses fill with the joyful sounds of children, I wish you both well at this magical time of new birth, new life, new love and experiences. Being the strong, vibrant, vivacious, powerful women I know you are, I already see that you will take it in your stride and when the times are tough, know that we, your online blogging family, are here for you – to hear you, support you and cheer you on. From one mama to two mamas further down their mothering path than I, I send you warm, heartfelt mother blessings for this wonderful rich time of your lives. I watch you with wonder and with pencil in hand. I’ve learned so much from both of your experiences in the past, I look forward to learning so much more.
With much, much love to you and your families xxxxx
Please check back here each day for a link to the next post in our Irish Parenting Bloggers virtual baby shower. You can follow us on Twitter using the hashtags #virtualbabyshower and #BlogMarch. I’d love if you could leave your own blessings to Aine and Lisa in the comments below.
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