A wonderful young mother who is a friend of mine shared the following post on Facebook very recently (the names have been changed for privacy; Dylan is her husband, Charlotte and Sylas are her early grade school age children):
“Dylan and I just aged at least 5 years! Charlotte ran into the room frantic and screaming that Samuel was bleeding. THEN SAMUEL RUNS IN, FALLS TO HIS KNEES AND IS SPITTING PUDDLES OF BLOOD ON THE FLOOR! He’s screaming and crying…we’re praying and screaming…everything is CRAZY…then I smell cherry! “IT’S NOT BLOOD!!! IT MUST BE MEDICINE!” so then we start screaming for him to wash his mouth out and spit out what he could….then my brain caught up with my nose…Kool-Aid? We don’t even buy Kool-Aid… expect several years ago when I picked up a packet of red Kool-Aid to dye a diaper cover!!!!!!! He found it, and dumped the entire thing in his mouth. He must have been crying because it was sugar-free! It took poor Charlotte quite a while to settle down;/ It truly looked like he was dying…or at least that he cut his tongue off! I’m feeling very thankful right now…very, very thankful!!”
She and her husband have been blessed with several young children ranging in age from early grade school to toddler. This is what I wrote in reply to her post, and what I want to share with all of you who have had what I call “Welcome to Motherhood” moments:
“That’s what’s called a “Welcome to Motherhood” moment, and I hate to tell you this, but it’ll likely happen at least a few more times over the years ♥ . I’m *so* glad that it was just Kool-Aid. I’ve had those moments and completely relate to the panic, then relief that comes with them. Hang in there, Momma! Your children may laugh about it when they’re older!”
For those of you who are new to the blog, I am the momma of twelve children (and one son-in-law) who range in age from almost twenty-two to almost two. In these twenty-two plus (pregnancy counts as mothering) years of mothering, which include having “stair step” children – several babies born in a row and close in age -, through what I’ve observed and learned by being the leader of a homeschool group and women’s group for the past several years, and am learning as I earn my Bachelor of Social Work degree, I want all of you to know that even *the most cautious mother, even the most attentive mother, will likely experience a surprising event like my beautiful friend did. For those of you who have or will, I say, with a loving grin and outstretched arms, “Welcome to Motherhood!”
Do you have a Welcome to Motherhood moment that you wouldn’t mind sharing as a comment to this post or on the Wonderful World of Womanhood Facebook page? I think it is very helpful for us, as women, to share these stories. It helps us relate to each other and to see that we’re not “bad mothers” or anything like that when we experience such moments.
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*Many, many, many home accidents can be avoided by applying appropriate safety measures in the home. However, sometimes a momma forgets to put something away and a child gets into it, or a child trips over his own two feet resulting in a fall that requires stitches in the emergency room. Things like that just happen, and though we should all try our 100% best to make our homes safe havens, we all need to remember that we are human mothers raising human children.