I don't think there's anything that mums will not talk about, especially on all the amazing blogs and sites that stretch far and wide across the web. On the other hand, no matter how much we read about it, or hear songs about it, or see it from a distance, I know motherhood is always going to be an individual's unique journey with experiences and sensations impossible to anticipate.
Recently I heard Anna Goldsworthy, author of Welcome to Your New Life, (which I haven't read, but would like to. Have you read it?) say that before she was pregnant she had read more about what it felt like to be a middle-aged man having a crisis then what it felt like to have a child.
By 'read' I assume she meant what she had read in a particular genre of literature, in the books she'd personally sought out, because the tubes are full: the information is out there.
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We don't live in villages, maybe we don't even get too involved in our local communities anymore (although probably we should. Hmm). We often don't see in real life how other mamas manage, but on the net we can find most everything we'd like to know.
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Perhaps you disagree with me and feel we still have aways to go before the reality of mamahood is truly known. Is there anything you wish you'd been told but wasn't? Are there big or little things about motherhood that mystify you and you'd like to hear discussed? Are there any questions you'd like to ask me about my journey so far? I'd love to hear!
Some posts I have appreciated on what it feels like to be, or become a mother: A birth story by Kelle Hampton. On being a single parent by Sash Milne, and the post that inspired me leading up to the birth of the lady, A birth story by Miss James at Bleubird.
p.s the lovely Lila recently had me over to talk about studying and motherhood. You can read about it on Little Wolff if you'd like.
Photography by Feather and Stone.