Perfection is having the baby I was growing for 40 (more or less) weeks inside my body finally out of my body, ready for kisses and snuggles. Still, and as wonderful as those initial newborn moments were, there were also times when I hesitated to ask for anything that I needed. At a time when all eyes were on my newborn and I was expected to act accordingly, there were things I needed as a new mom, I was just, sadly, too afraid to ask for them.
It was almost like now that I was a mom my wants and needs were besides the point. They needed to be put on hold for the sake of this new life I was now responsible for. After all, isn’t that we're always told mothers do for their children? Sacrifice anything and everything without so much as batting an eye? Now, this wasn’t something I was conscious of thinking and/or believing before (or even after, to be honest) I became a parent. In fact, I don’t think I really became aware of this thought at all until I was two kids in to this parenting gig. That’s a hell of a long time to be afraid to ask for what you need!
The thing is, friends, I don’t think my experience is all that uncommon. Moms always seem to be forgetting themselves. Is it because we are all afraid to ask for help, or is it that we don’t think there’s time to get our needs met with everything else we have to do? Regardless of the reasons why, I was actually afraid to ask for these things as a new mom, and you might be, too: