By QUOIDA LAUZON
What a whirlwind 2020 was! When we reflect on all we have endured during the pandemic, it’s been a very emotional year. It has impacted us all in so many different ways, especially women. If you’re a mother reading this right now, I want you to pause in this moment, take a deep breath, and remind yourself how amazing you are. I want to stand with all mothers as we give ourselves a round of applause.
Since this pandemic started, we have had to navigate how to move ahead with all these new curve balls thrown our way – from homeschooling to the stress of sending our kids back to school or not, and, of course, all the unknowns in between. We have had to do all of this while trying to stay positive for our families and ourselves. We have had to find a work-life balance by working from home, switching schedules, or even quitting our jobs due to not being able to be in two places at once. We’ve even had to limit, and at times eliminate, our social in-person connections. I’m so thankful for my mom friends and that support system that helps keep me sane.
Moms need one another! I hope that you have been able to take some time to breathe, enjoy extra snuggles, find the positivity in little things, and call friends and family.
Don’t forget to remind yourself how strong you are and that this uncertainty won’t last forever.
You will get through this. You will look back and appreciate your strength and know you can do anything.
The changes, the sacrifices, the stress and balancing act has been a lot for mothers, but we find a way because the love for our children and family is what makes us even stronger mamas.
Our little ones are watching and may not quite understand what is going on right now. My hope is they look back when they get older and say, “I want to be just like my strong mama.”
We got this!
The author is a registered nurse in the Capital District who works to support new mothers postpartum. Learn more about her at www.nurseq.com.