Once a year we set aside a single Sunday to acknowledge the hard work mothers put into their families. Some might say one day is not enough to honor these special parents, who often give not just their love but their bodies and minds to rear their children, but at least it's a start. And when you're a new mom, this day feels pretty huge. That's why I asked moms to describe their first Mother's Day and what made the celebration so special. Whether you're looking to bask in a little nostalgia or in need of some ideas for the new mom in your life, hearing how other moms felt appreciated on their special day can only help highlight how important Mother's Day can be.
Because no two moms are alike, what constitutes a "special" Mother's Day varies from mom to mom. Some might consider their first Mother’s Day card, recognizing them as a mom for the first time, to be more than enough. Others might enjoy a DIY craft or a framed picture of the moment they held their little one for the very first time. Everyone is different, so finding out what the mom in your life would enjoy is a vital part of making that first Mother's Day a meaningful, memorable experience.
For me, it was a combination of things. I spent my first Mother’s Day with my family, but without a child. My daughter had been born the year prior, but died shortly after birth. What made that day a special, albeit difficult, one was the fact that my family did acknowledge me as a mother. It was painful, sure, but together we all got through it. My second Mother’s Day was difficult too, but I spent the majority of the day celebrating the fact that I not did I have a baby to hold, my rainbow son, but that he had finally come home after two months in the NICU. So, yes, each mother’s story is different, and the following moms prove it: