HELEN MEMORY M: HOW MOTHERHOOD HAS CHANGED ME

These little humans take over your life in every way you can think of. But don’t get me wrong I love it, I love being Atarah’s mum and it’s changed me so much, for the better… Mostly I have become less self-centered, I’ve become so patient, tolerant and compassionate. Before Atarah I lived in my own little bubble, I was so spontaneous (which I can’t be now) and everything I did was just to please me which now when I look back wasn’t so great because I was selfish about my decisions and actions. Now before I make any decision, I sit and think about everything so that I can pave a good path for my daughter and future kids.

Most importantly I have redefined my self in Christ because I have learnt to depend on him for wisdom, knowledge, understanding, provision, protection and guidance. And I would love to see my child/ children follow that path as well. The bible in proverbs 22:6 says ‘train up your child in the way he should go even when he is old he will not depart from it.’

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Motherhood isn’t all rosy, its exhausting, frustrating and everything in those lines you can think but I’m so glad I never experienced the sleepless nights nor the colic phase (she was such a peaceful baby and still is) from how others mummies describe it , I’m really thankful I didn’t pass through that. Despite all those challenges, it’s through it all that I have discovered strengths I never knew I had. Nobody should ever lie to you that it’s an easy task but surely it’s something you can manage (we are super women by nature). Everything is a challenge in the beginning you can’t just do things randomly anymore, planning becomes your best friend, from birth, everything starts revolving around your baby. But never let yourself go, find a few hours to do the things you like, just so you can maintain your sanity or avoid slipping into depression.
Postnatal depression is real and it’s a common problem affecting a lot of women in our society, many women feel sad, down and anxious and much more. It’s unfortunate it’s considered normal hence we do not take this matter serious.

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In short, I have matured, Atarah (Her name means crown) is the wake up call I needed to get my life in order, motherhood has definitely changed me in a positive way, from learning how to be responsible and how to save money, to working harder and being more focused and determined.

 

*Photography by Fortress Media

 

 

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