5 Minutes For Mom is hosting a Mother’s Day Contest! The best part about this contest (besides the 1000 dollar prize!) is that it is a photo contest, where you share a picture that “tell[s] some sort of story of what motherhood means to you.” I have been absolutely thrilled to look through all of the fantastic entries.
This is Alexander, two days after he was born via cesarean section after three hours of unsuccessful pushing following 14 hours of labor. To me, motherhood is about love, giving and a bit of fear. Love for your children, giving them everything you are able, and fear for their well being. Alex ended up highly jaundiced, and only a few hours after this picture he was taken from me and sent to the NICU. He was by far the largest baby in the NICU (at 9 pounds 12 ounces!) but I was scared nonetheless. In the picture you can see how yellow he is, and also my IV, which I was given after getting a high fever during labor. This picture reminds me of all of the emotions I felt, and exactly what motherhood is: love, giving and a bit of fear.