To THAT Mother

To the mother that gave birth via C-section: Well done. You went through major surgery to bring a child into this world. It’s no small feat and the recovery is tough, so be proud.

To the mother that gave birth vaginally: Well done. You went through major pain (even if you had drugs there was pain!) to bring a child into this world. It’s no small feat and the recovery is tough, so be proud.

To the mother who breastfeeds her baby: Good for you. Breast milk is so great for babes and it can be so tough learning and latching and leaking milk just to get that tiny human what they need. You are doing a good job.

To the mother who formula feeds her baby: Good for you. Formula is so great for babes and it can be tough sterilizing and boiling and measuring formula just to get that tiny human what they need. You are doing a good job.

To the mother who makes her own baby food: You go girl! You spend the time to make great food to keep your baby fed. Great work.

To the mother who feeds store bought baby food: You go girl! You spend the money to buy great food to keep your baby fed. Great work.

To the sleep training momma: Kudos! You know a good night’s sleep is important for everyone, and you want that baby safely in his crib. Good for you for doing what works.

To the co-sleeping momma: Kudos! You know a good night’s sleep is important for everyone and you want that baby safely tucked beside you. Good for you for doing what works.

To the momma who went back to work: You’re amazing. You knew what was right for you and your family, and you went to work. You sacrificed your desire to be at home to do something important – providing for your family. You work hard all day and then come home and keep working. My hat goes off to you.

To the momma who stays at home: You’re amazing. You knew what was right for you and your family, and you stayed at home. You sacrificed your desire to be out in the world to do something important – caring for your family. You work hard all day and then keep working! My hat goes off to you.

Whether you’re a helicopter parent, or in the free-range camp, a baby wearer or a stroller lover, a clock watcher or a go-with-the-flow-er,  I salute you this mother’s day, because though we may make different choices when it comes to our kids, we share one very important thing in common: we are doing the  absolute best that we can.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, Mom. You deserve it.

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