I am Danica, your guide in celebrating the hard things.
In our American culture we are taught that pain is bad, that we should run from it. We cover up our pain with medications and avoid our feelings with Netflix and comfort foods. As soon as we put our kids to bed we grab a bowl of ice cream and a glass of wine. After all, we deserve it. Don't we?
When I was preparing for the birth of my first child I took birthing classes and yoga classes where they taught us not to resist pain. Instead, we should relax INTO it. Move TOWARDS it. How counter-cultural! I had two unmedicated water births (one to a 10 pound baby I might add!) and I found that accepting the discomfort of contractions and relaxing into the pain was truly the mindset that allowed me to have two wonderful birth experiences.
It is when we come to the end of ourselves that we find what we are made of. It is when we withstand hardships that we discover our true strength. It is only when we are broken that we can be rebuilt and reborn.
Motherhood will take you on a journey that breaks all your expectations. It will bring you to your knees. Letting go of who you thought you would be as a mother is painful. But the reality of your motherhood in the making will be even better than you imagined.