Before I Was a Mom

This poem was sent to me in an email. The author is unknown. I am sharing it with you, mothers and potential mothers, hoping it will remind you what a privilege it is to be called, Mother.

Before I was a Mom,
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 immunizations.

Before I was a Mom, 
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 Mom,
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 Mom,

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 Mom.

Before I was a Mom,

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 Mom, 

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 Mom.
I didn’t know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom 


3 thoughts on “Before I Was a Mom

  1. Amelie says:

    Your husband sent us the link to your blog here at BD, what a beautiful blog. I am so glad that I have a nice place to go to for inspirational uplifting, thank you for sharing.

    • Ali Dent says:

      I’m glad you dropped by. I haven’t been writing recently because a professional designer is working building a new structure for the blog and website. It is supposed to be completed by July 1 at which time I will post on a regular basis, Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you sign up to follow the blog you will get updates sent to your email when a new post is written. Would you like Jim to tell you when the “remodeling” is completed?

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