The moment a woman becomes a mother is one of the most incredible, pivotal moments of her life. After years of dreaming, 9 months of waiting, and several hours or days of labour, you receive the biggest reward of a lifetime. The main reward is that little person that lives and breaths, but the secondary reward, and perhaps the greater reward is the transforming gift of motherhood.
When you become a mother, you become someone new. Baptized into this roll that is not for yourself but has you living and giving to another. The exhaustion, determination, confusion, loneliness, togetherness and selflessness converts you into a better version of yourself. This version grows just as the little ones grow. Your heart beats a little different. Your soul sings a new song.
After my own birth, I remember feeling more powerful than superwoman, like I had conquered the world and in that moment, I must have been the strongest woman alive. The adrenaline rush was incredible and I was floating above the world. Then seconds later, I immediately had more gratitude for my own mother and instantly felt more bonded to her. The days and weeks that followed were hard and they transformed me into a better, stronger, more capable version of myself. The days are still hard, but I wouldn't change it for anything. Because of those 2 amazing little people that I have been entrusted to raise, I am filled with an immeasurable amount of love, laughter and life… so much so that I feel like I could burst.
I asked some of the women who invited me to capture their journey into motherhood to tell me how they felt "the moment they became a mother…" This is what they said:
"Jaydene Freund, birth photographer for Cradled Creations has been photographing births for over 6 years and has documented 80 births in the Vancouver, Fraser Valley region. More of her work can be seen at www.CradledCreations.com"
"The moment I became a mother, I was changed forever. From that moment on, everything I would do, I would think of someone else first. My baby boy changed the way I looked at every problem, every joy, every experience. Time slowed down and sped up all at the same time. Being a mother is something indescribable. Like your heart is now walking around outside your body, never to return."
Happy Mothers Day.