What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to honor the words of mothers themselves? We asked local moms what motherhood means to them. Here’s what we heard back from them.

“Motherhood is the unfolding of a world filled with giggles, tears, hopes, fears, and immeasurable joy that is impossible to imagine until you are standing in the middle of it. Once you are there, you realize you can never go back to where you were before and it stirs your heart in such a magical way that you would never want to anyway.” 

–Kerry S.

“The transition to motherhood is life-changing. Becoming a mother has made me feel every emotion at a exponential level. The happiness, accomplishment, strength, gratitude, love, and awe that I felt after the births of my girls has never been matched, nor has the level of exhaustion! Through motherhood, I have learned about myself as a person and how I want to live my life.”

–Vanessa B.

“Motherhood is the incredible task of molding your children into well-balanced adults without letting yourself become unbalanced.”

–Jenn A.

“I feel strongly that it is an honor and a privilege to be a mom. Being a mom has brought so much joy into my life and has taught me to love and be loved in a way I never knew imaginable. Being a mom is both challenging and unbelievably rewarding. Being a mom means everything to me and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!”

–Laura L.

“I’ve learned to let go of trying to remember all the details. I may not be able to tell the boys their first word or how old they were when they started to walk, but I will be able to tell them: You were happy and you were loved.”

–Carina M.

“Being a mother is the most wonderful gift. I am blessed to be called “mama” by two beautiful girls. Certainly some days pose challenges, but I do my best to try to remember to take a deep breath and smile. And to try to always be in the moment with my girls and our family, as they grow up so fast. I continue to learn a lot about myself, now that I am a mom, and my girls are my best teachers.”

–Kathleen P.

“Eleven of the most intense weeks of my life, wonderful, joyous, and at times frightening. Oscar, thank you for coming into my life and letting me be your mommy!”

–Yolanda B.

“As new moms, we are learning how to honor ourselves as a family, as a couple, and as individuals. And we want our son to know that we love him just for being himself.”

–Rachel and Tiffany C.

“The first thing I learned about motherhood came when I was showing a baby bump. It was this: everyone had advice and comments for me about being a mother, from, ‘your life will change forever,’ offered as both blessing and curse, to advice about particulars. It was a little overwhelming to say the least. The second thing I learned about being a mother is that love’s wisdom enabled me to make decisions and kept me from being afraid. Being a mother is one of the most joyful and relentless aspects of my life. I have also learned how much children teach their mothers about life, through their unique perspectives, through their curiosity. There is a give and take in the relationship between mother and children. Before I became a mother, I thought about how much my children would take from me. Now that I am one, I still think about that, but I am also aware of the gifts they give me in return. My children are creative, unique, and funny in the way that they look at the world. And they share this with me each and every day. I have learned that mistakes are unavoidable, that motherhood is hands-on. One can read theories and books, but one has to practice constantly. And being a mother has helped me develop a compassion for others and a humility of sorts. I look at the world every day in a new way.”

–Melody P.

“From the moment of conception in our mother’s womb until we are able to look after ourselves we receive great kindness from many different people, without which we would not survive.  Reflecting on this and how we are all just human beings, whether we are rich or poor, educated or uneducated, and whether we belong to one nation, religion, culture or another, may inspire us to repay the kindness we have received by being kind to others ourselves.”

–Aurelia D.

“The moments I looked into my children’s eyes for the first time was when I was truly sure that God existed. The only way my kids will ever comprehend the depth of my love for them is when their own children are born. Giving birth and raising my kids has been the most rewarding- hands down most wonderful aspect of my life.”

–Lori T.

“Being a mom is everything to me. Getting pregnant the first time was a long, arduous journey, but the minute I held Gillian in my arms I knew she was totally worth the wait. I feel like a more complete person now that my two daughters are a part of my life. They bring my husband and me such joy each day and I cherish every moment we have together. “

-Angie A.

“I still can’t believe I’m a mom now. The feeling of being a mother is wonderful. All the aches and pains I had to go through 40 weeks and giving birth is worth to see my son, hold him, and taking care of him everyday. Happy Mother’s Day to everyone!”

-Haly T.

“Before my daughter Ella was born, I was told that motherhood would be a journey, that my life would never be the same again. That’s what I’ve enjoyed so much, having the honor to share Ella’s journey as she figures out who she is and how to move through the world. I love the small shared moments, and the trust and understanding that we share. So glad to be on this journey.”

Gwendolyn C.

All of the mothers quoted here were patients in our maternity and midwifery programs. Learn more about the Obstetrics & Midwifery at the UVM Medical Center.

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