Like you, I have thousands and thousands of photos of my daughter, what feels like millions of little moments captured. But what do they add up to? What is the picture that tells the complete story of being a mom?
That’s a question I’ve been thinking about a lot over the last few months as we’ve been planning our holiday issue, All I Want. Every day at Romper we publish articles about breastfeeding and potty training and birth plans and tantrums. These individual stories often have a specific focus, but they are all asking the reader to consider the same broader question: What is motherhood for us?
The popular view of motherhood is that it is to be avoided - will implode careers, snag marriages, erase identities, ruin interior design schemes. But for many millennials, entering motherhood is the most meaningful choice they have made; a bright spot regardless of the many challenges facing young parents, and an opportunity for emotional growth that the media completely discounts. A positive view of parenthood has somehow become contrarian.
Remember how 9 a.m. used to feel like the start of the day, and then you became a mom? Romper's ongoing Instagram series #Before9am celebrates all you do before most people have their coffee. Here's Lifestyle Editor Samantha Darby on her post-Halloween situation:
Hi. This is the face of a new mom of 2 who is crashing inside from all the sugar she’s consumed in the last 24 hours and is also a little panicky because it’s Nov. 1 and she’s hosting Thanksgiving for the first time ever and omg does she need to go buy a turkey TODAY??
There’s also the face of a 4-year-old who’s picking marshmallows out of her cereal for breakfast because of course she needs more sugar. Also the baby looks like she’s very confused because I can only assume my breast milk tastes exactly like the 18 Reese’s pumpkins I ate last night.
Happy November, y’all. We’re all in this together. (Now how long do I have to leave my Halloween decorations on the porch? I feel like I’m behind already.)