Motherhood Has Taken Me

39610189766782ec9d8f277ba481c99cMotherhood has taken me

to the place of pain where my stomach felt like it was being ripped out

to the point where my knees meet the floor as gravity pulls

to the very ends of my physical strength and endurance

to a place where inhibitions were shed

to a state of mind where happiness and sadness collide

to a plane of joy where my heart expanded, and contracted, just like my insides.

Motherhood has taken me

to the edges of sanity

to a screaming voice that cannot be mine

to the middle of a crying storm

to a peace of mind

to a heart beating for two now

to feelings so alien yet familiar.

Motherhood has taken me

to gentle sighs

to tiny limbs and big eyes

to giggles and laughter so true

to cheering on of little steps

to hands that clasp fingers so naturally

to a warm body next to mine in a space that was never there before.

Motherhood has taken me

to arms and legs going forth

to talking voices and questioning minds

to hearts in hands as a part of us grow further away

to hearts in throats as pain is more than just a scrape on the outside

to open arms as salve to soothe the hurts.

Motherhood has taken me

to highs so high and lows so low

to thoughts so deep and so shallow

to others who are the same, but different

to come to a love undefinable

to moments of great wisdom and silliness

to the point of no return.


Avatar2013In another life, Alison Lee was a PR and marketing professional. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison is a former blogger (Writing, Wishing), and her writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post,  Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, Club Mid, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is the Submissions Editor at BonBon Break. Recently, Alison partnered with Megan Woolsey, a fellow multiples mom, to publish an anthology by and for parents of multiples, Multiples Illuminated: An Anthology of Stories and Advice from Parents of Twins, Triplets or More, coming out in Spring 2016. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins). Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 


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8 thoughts on “Motherhood Has Taken Me

  1. Elaine Reply

    This is so spot on. I can of course relate to much of it, but I had to smirk about the “screaming voice that cannot be mine”. Yup. 😉

    Beautiful!!

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