I have learned to love through motherhood. by Perla Farias Portugal
I have learned to love my body through motherhood.
I used to hide underneath my towel after a shower, from my own self. I was taught by society to be ashamed to even look at my own body. But through motherhood, I accepted my body for what it was. After seeing it change through pregnancy, giving birth in my own home, and using my breasts to feed my child, I now see my body as something powerful, something that can create and sustain life. I now embrace it completely. I feel comfortable looking at my body, and touching my body and I praise it for it's magnificence.
I have learned to love a child through motherhood.
My patience and sacrifice through breastfeeding have taught me how to love someone, even when it is difficult. My constant awareness of her has taught me how to be present and appreciate everything that she is. With all the sleepless nights, and all the constant learnings of parenthood I have become protective of her. I've sacrificed my body for her. I carried her in my womb, I built her within me, and she will always be loved by me.
I have learned to love myself through motherhood.
I can only better love my child by loving myself. And it takes a shit ton of self-love to continue to breastfeed past what is deemed a normal age to society. I've learned to energize myself for the sacrifices and choices I've made for me and my child. I educated myself, I listened to other womyn and their experiences, and I practiced being tactful with my words for things that others do not understand. I stand in my greatness and love myself for who I am and what I have become.
I have learned how to better love my partner through motherhood.
Through loving myself, my love for him has grown deeper. I see his power and his strengths as a loving and patient father. I see all his virtues at work as we make decisions as parents together. I know what makes him feel loved and I know how to energize him for his greatness. Our bodies now have a greater appreciation for each other and our souls feel a deeper connection with one another.
I have learned how to love others through motherhood.
I am able to see through the eyes of a mother, able to recognize that we were all once children. I wonder when someone was lacking love in their life and wonder who comforted them when they were hurt. I understand the sacrifices other parents have made and I understand how they could've loved better.
I have learned to love through motherhood.