Confessions of a 3-year-old Mom

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” (Osho)

The first time I came across this quote was when our firstborn, Adi, was 10 months old. Now, he is almost 3 years old and a Kuya to our 3-month-old daughter, Lara. This means I’m also an-almost-3-year-old mother, twice over. And like our toddler, I still toddle a lot in this new and wonderful ministry called motherhood.

When the Lord blessed us with our second child, the knowledge and experience with our firstborn lessened the anxiety that usually besets first-time parents. While I am now more confident about being a mother, I still catch myself “wobbling” every now and then, like a kid balancing herself on a beam. With a toddler and a newborn, my husband and I now find ourselves in new parenting territories: teaching discipline, dealing with sibling jealousy, managing time for each child to make sure their love tanks are full, planning day-to-day activities.

Many times, I find myself asking God, “Am I doing it right, Lord?” Thankfully, I am learning to surrender everything to God and trust that He who called me to be a mother is Himself establishing the work of my hands — and heart — in my children’s lives.

For all mothers, I pray: May the good Lord grant us the grace to mother our children faithfully, all for our Father’s glory and honor.

(Originally written for the GCF Ortigas Bulletin, published on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13, 2018.)

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