Saturday, May 11, 2013

Dear Mama-in-Waiting

Last year around this time, I hosted a guest series of letters written by some of my favorite bloggers to new moms.  It was a great tribute, and each letter brought a healthy dose of encouragement and perspective to those hard first months with a baby.  (You can read the whole series here.)

But, perhaps the most powerful letter of all was written by my friend Erika who isn't "technically" a momma herself yet.  Her "Letter to New Moms on Infertility" is, still, one of the posts I am most proud to have featured here because her message is SO SO important - especially to those of us who currently find ourselves in the trenches of motherhood.  It is a great reminder that motherhood - while, no doubt, challenging at times, is a blessing

I admit that many a May has passed by in my life without so much of a thought about the millions of women out there still praying and waiting for their chance to be called "mom."  They are our sisters, our best friends, our neighbors, our teachers.  They are the ones that celebrate with us over Positive tests while holding back tears. They proudly post our birth announcements on their fridge, bring us meals, help us babysit, and listen to us whine. But, deep inside, they break.  And pray.  

Last year, Erika's brave post changed me. Hardly a day goes by that I don't think about those mamas-in-waiting and remember how much they might give to have poopy diapers to change or a sleepless night holding a snotty toddler... 

Tomorrow, I will have brunch with my little family, I will hold my sweet boy tight, and I will thank God for the gift of being his momma.  But, today, I will remember the mamas-in-waiting...

Will you join me?

In honor of these mamas, please go vote for Erika's excellent post in the Blogher Voices of the Year contest (here).  Voting ends next week, and she REALLY deserves a chance to be heard.  Thanks!


  1. Awww thanks, E!! :) Love you, friend.

  2. Thank you for reminding us, I will join in praying :)

    Amy| The Little Koala Blog ♥

  3. Thank you for thinking of us. And for sharing Erika's letter again!

  4. Thanks for posting :) this has been my life for the past two years and I just wrote about it in my latest post

  5. This was so powerful and beautiful for me today. I've been struggling with this, and this was what I needed to hear.

  6. Erika's letter changed me as well, and I can honestly say that a day doesn't pass that I don't think of it. Joining you today in praying for mamas-in-waiting. And praying that tomorrow holds special grace for them as well.

  7. This is so sweet of you. I'm not struggling with infertility exactly - but I am struggling with singleness, a 'mama in waiting' nonetheless. Mother's Day is so hard (true confessions: i'm planning on skipping church tomorrow, just because I can't bear another public celebration of the gift of motherhood when I feel so utterly left out). That feels so whiny and self-absorbed to write - it's not that I don't celebrate the hard work of all the mothers out there - it's just that my heart breaks as I do. It's bitter and sweet, and sometimes the bitter wins. But I truly, truly appreciate you acknowledging those of us on the outside-looking-in at motherhood, and giving voice to that pain. Truly, truly - thank you.

  8. Love this so much. Thank you! :)

  9. I really loved this, thank you E! Hope you had a great Mother's Day with your boys!


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