It’s something I’ve dreamt about, a challenge I knew I wanted to undertake and a responsibility I was ready to call my own. But parenthood isn’t something you prepare for. You don’t set a date to get pregnant, or the moment your child will arrive, you don’t decide if your baby will have colic or encompass a little chunkster physique. That’s the beauty of pregnancy and that’s the fear you see on expectant parents faces when that little stick finally reads, “Pregnant!”
Matt & I are in our 26th week with our cowboy in the rough, Marshall Keith. We’ve seen him twice and both times have proved our love for him. His frequent kicks are magical (and at some points, painful, but that’s neither here nor there) and his hiccups are quite possibly the most adorable treasure to hold onto. It’s been such a journey; from finding out we were pregnant, to hearing the confirmation, to making it through the first trimester and learning that he was a little he! My third trimester is approaching quickly, which means baby showers, finalizing the nursery and packing that hospital bag (A onesie, a bottle of wine, what else?)
And becoming a mother, what an honor. There was no resume of experience, no background check and no interview. This is simply an occupation that’s gifted to you, a profession we’ve seen conquered by many strong and vigorous women of our past, present and future. The thought of being a care taker, teacher and influencer is overwhelmingly sweet and I can only hope that I am as exemplary as our own mothers were.
I’ll be sharing my thrills and dismays, and I welcome open conversation on this blessed event. So please, if you are a weathered mother, new mother or mother in training; I’d love to hear from you. Share your best advice, favorite tips and biggest fears… all is welcome.
Jacqueline Leigh is a children's author based in Georgia. She spent many years working alongside advertising executives, producing inspirational and ground break print, web and television ads. Jacqueline later put her focus on journalism, doing what she loves, writing stories for the general public.
She has been published in multiple print and digital publications. She’s interviewed big-name bands and small-town businesses, both contributing to her understanding and joy of writing. Jacqueline has now taken her experiences and focused on becoming a children’s author, a lifetime dream.
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