#MotherhoodRocks: Why Being a Mom Is the Stepping Stone to Your True Self by Gail Harris

#MotherhoodRocks: Why Being a Mom Is the Stepping Stone to Your True Self

Becoming a mom wasn’t easy for me. After five years of trying to conceive via IVF (in vitro fertilization) I finally became pregnant – with twins. (I remember the stick reading positive then sobbing, shaking uncontrollably for an hour, wailing upon my knees, “Thank you, God.”) 

My pregnancy was perfect. I sang to my girls, talked to them, thanking the Lord … until that fateful day when I saw red. The doctors tried everything, but 22-week-old babies are just not meant to be. I delivered them; they lived for two hours then gasped their last breaths. Goodbye, Suzannah and Sophia. I’ll love you forever.

Blackness, shock, despair, bottomless grief engulfed me. But something, something deep inside allowed me to face it all, so I could eventually become the mother I knew I was meant to be. 

Motherhood. Motherhood pulled me through – and knowing that my deep need to be a mom and all it would bring me was my destiny – the stepping-stone to the best me. It made me strong. Now as I parent to my beautiful teenage boy every day, I am that woman I knew I was meant to be.

So, the next time you feel burdened by being a mom, remember my tale. And why being a mom is your destiny. #MotherhoodRocks.

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Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Oh my goodness, Gail Harris . I am so so sorry for your devastating loss. Thank you for sharing your vulnerability and your strength with us. You are truly an amazing woman. Love your warrior mama spirit so much. HUGS, my friend. xoxo
Gail Harris
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds Thanks. I had no idea I was going to write about that but there it was. I actually wrote an article about the experience and I'd be happy to share it with you both Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead . I sent the link to Donna John today. If this is live I can copy it here. If not, I'll be happy to email it to either of you, if you're interested. Yea, it was a journey, but it was all perfect. Thanks for your compassion. All of you. Here's the link:
www.scarymommy.com/pilgrimage-...
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
This gave me chills, Gail Harris . I am so very sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Thank you for your willingness to share such a personal story. I have no doubt that it will help many. As always, you are an inspiration.
Stephanie Cannoe
You are amazing! Your story is brave truth telling and hope is a powerful message to give. I admire your strength and know the journey well.
Gail Harris
We seem to be meeting everywhere xoxo. Thank goodness for that!
Georgette Castillion
Hi Gail! I am so very sorry for the loss of your daughters. I commend and admire you for all of the strength and courage that you possess! This article will help so many women out there who are going through similar situations. Your son is so blessed to have such an incredible Mommy! Thanks for sharing and encouraging others! You rock!!! -xo #MotherhoodRocks
Gail Harris
Georgette Castillion Thank you so much. We all have our trials. Hopefully, they make us stronger. You rock, too, #mama.
Georgette Castillion
Gail Harris Thank you! Yes ma'am! That is so true! #MotherhoodRocks

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