From conception, you are a mother. A father.
From the moment life is born in the womb, you have a child. You are a parent.
It doesn't matter that no one can see him. It doesn't matter if his legs and arms have not formed yet. Before his heart starts to beat, he has a soul and his life is written out before him.
How precious he is in his Father's eyes. How precious.
Let's stop this mommy-to-be crap. There is nothing yet 'to-be'. Our lives are changed irrevocably the moment of conception and we have life depending on us. We are mommies. Just as we are. We grow with the lives we carry and we mother them with everything we do.
This is one of my greatest pet peeves. Maybe it's because calling a woman a 'mommy-to-be' until her baby is born devalues my son's life because he was born without life. I don't know...
But even before he died- on my first Mother's Day I was almost out of the first trimester and someone made a comment about being able to celebrate Mother's Day next year. I replied quite confidently that I already felt like a mother. And I was.
And I still am.
I am not trying to start a pro-life debate or call anyone out on this matter. Seriously.
I just hate the term 'mommy-to-be'. I really, really loathe it.
Let's start a campaign to end it. Anyone else game?