Today my beautiful friend Lisa Leonard is sharing with us, “What it means to be a mom for the first time.” Lisa has such a kind, gentle, inspiring spirit — you’ll see that in her words below. Thank you Lisa for sharing your heart with us on this precious topic…
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Everything I thought about being a new mom change the day my son David was born.
He came out quietly. There were whispers from the doctors. There was a terrifying tension that filled the room.
After the doctors did a quick evaluation, Steve, my husband brought David over to me and laid this tiny, swaddled baby on my chest.
He was adorable. He had a full head of hair, blue eyes and a button nose. He also had only two fingers on his left hand, a severe heart defect and we would soon find out, a genetic disorder that would make life look very different for our new baby.
The day my son was born was the day I began to learn that being a mom was about sacrifice. For me, being a new mom meant g-tube feeds, surgery, doctor visits and sleepless nights. But most of all, being a new mom meant opening my heart to a new kind of love. This little man came into my life and turned it upside down. He made me better. He made me less selfish. David makes the sunshine brighter and the stars twinkle at night.
He made me a mother, and I love him more than words can say.
Lisa Leonard blogs at Lisa Leonard Online where she shares stories from her heart, thrift store finds and her inspiring jewelry collection. Lisa and her husband, Steve, live in San Luis Obispo, CA with their two boys — David and Matthias.
This story always makes my heart swell. Beautiful lady with a beautiful family.
@Southern Gal, I couldn’t agree more :)
I love her designs but had no idea about her story. What a beautiful one!
I teared up, I admit it. It’s clear you love BOTH of your boys very much, Lisa. I cannot wait to become a mother.
I know what you mean Lisa, when my second son was born with severe disabilities it initially blew our world apart but he has been my biggest teacher and he has brought real joy into our lives. Good luck to you and your beautiful boys.
Such truth. Our kids make us better.
I read this post and instantly started to cry too. What a beautiful little kid. Thanks for this post.
I knew this story but it always makes me cry. This family is just amazingly full of love. And Lisa Leonard just has the perfect right words to talk about it. You can feel the love.
Thanks for this wonderful post.
Lisa’s heart is so beautiful. Love her.
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What a beautiful post Lisa, and one that I can relate to. Our children truly are such a blessing and we are better parents because of them. Your son is beautiful just like you.