Friday, March 19, 2010

Before i was a Mum

I've posted this poem before, but i got it in an email today and i think i needed to add a paragraph or two of my own words! What do you think?

Before I was a Mum,
I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about carseats.

Before I was a Mum,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on..
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mum,
I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests, or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mum,
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mum.

Before I was a Mum -
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mum -
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache,
The wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mum.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mum.


my addition:


Before i was a Mum -

i never knew a child was capable of bringing forth so much pride,

i never knew i would cry because i thought i was a bad mum,

i never knew i was capable of so much frustration and impatience,

i never knew a small child was capable of the never ending depths of forgiveness and love when i made mistakes.


Before i was a Mum,

i never knew i was capable of all i can and can’t do for my children and for myself.

i never knew what true love really is, before i was a Mum.

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