How Being a Mom Has Changed Me

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Change.

Change is that unavoidable word that is a measure of sorts, of the transformations that we all go through. I remember looking back at different points in my life where I could actually feel change washing over me. Many of these moments happened laying poolside during my teenage year during the summers between grade levels, and I can remember clear as day my conversations with friends as we would chat about feeling older and more grown up as we prepared ourselves for the upcoming school year.

Marriage has changed me.

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Marriage has made me a partner in life to someone that I adore. Someone who has seen weaknesses in myself and taught me how to overcome them, made me a stronger person, essentially able to handle the cruel darkness that is sometimes NYC life. It has helped me understand love in a new way, not the way you love family, but the way you can only love one person in your lifetime. (Read more about our love story here.)

The biggest change though has been becoming a mother.

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As a new school year begins and Branden’s 7th birthday approaches this month, I’m feeling lots of reflective moments pass my way as I’m examining firsts, lasts, and all the emotions that they bring. And I’m thinking about myself, how I have evolved and what the future holds.

Sometimes I think that I am not fun anymore. I was such a loud partier in college, and I remember laughing constantly. There is a part of motherhood, at least my motherhood story, that is so scheduled and rigid – there is my system and my need to get everything accomplished according to plan and my high expectations of myself – that sometimes I forget to stop and laugh. I think sometimes that this routine has become so much a part of me and has changed the way I look at life. Instead of the world being a question mark to answer, it has become a to-do list yearning for its tasks to be crossed off.

I love the confidence that motherhood has brought me. I am so in tune with my child that it has brought me a new connection with myself and my life – I am confident in myself and everything that I do each day. I am more sure of my actions and don’t second guess myself nearly as often as I did in the past. To give you a measurable reference, I was the girl who never raised her hand in class, even if she knew the answer. If I was called on, often times I second guessed myself, giving the wrong answer instead of what I knew was correct. Motherhood has helped that go away.

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I love the body that motherhood has brought me. I share my story quite frequently here, but I can honestly say that after becoming a mother, I am more in tune with my body than ever. I will always struggle with wanting to lose my mid-section, but I know what my body needs now, when to eat, when to work out – and I listen.

Motherhood has changed me into a person that I can honestly say I’m happy to be. I’m content with my decisions, trusting myself, and while life always has its ups and downs, I  know that I would have never accomplished anything that I have in life without being Branden’s mom.

How has motherhood changed you?

Fashionably Yours,

Allison

Comments

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I loved reading this because I share many of your same feelings. I am definitely more in tune with things now that I am a mom. Things in my own body and things happening around me.

  2. LIstening to your body is a great part of getting older. It took me a while to accept how big of a difference I feel when I take care of myself.

  3. Being a mom has changed me from always getting what I want, and having someone that I love unconditionally no matter what. I have 3 kids and wouldn’t change it for anything.

  4. It sounds like motherhood affected your life in really positive ways. I think I definitely grew up a lot and quickly when I became a mother.

  5. I had my kids very young and unlike you, having kids did not breed confidence. I do love being a mom though. Having kids is definitely life-changing. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without them.

  6. Motherhood has definitely made me more reflective as well. My little one is such a mirror of me, forcing me to always try to be better and do better.

    Motherhood has also made me realize what’s truly important and how big love can grow!

  7. elizabeth iniego says:

    Motherhood has changed me in a lot if ways I think. Everyday my son teaches me about patience and I get reminded how important it is to be a role model for him. I catch him.saying phrases I say and either I am proud or I have a Homer Simpson moment and go “Doh!” He reminds me that it is ok to stop and appreciate things around us. Makes me see the humor in things whereas before I probably would have been pissed off the whole day. Being a mom is the best thing that’s happened to me.

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