My latest credential that I have earned is that of MOM. By far the longest prep and definitely scarier not knowing how it will all turn out, but in this past year I earned it! I had no idea what to expect becoming a new mom. I was very fortunate to have about 4 women friends have their children before me in the months leading up to Emma's arrival. We were a sort-of birthing club if you will. Without them, I think I would have gone insane. I worried about what I really needed to buy and what my schedule would be like. As a planner, I need to know how it's going to be! Boy, have I tried to let that one go these past several months. Meg: your visits on maternity leave kept me sane and helped bring back laughter. I had my bestie in TN, Coco who is the most amazing single mother I know and has done such an amazing job with her daughter. She was always there when I would start to worry or get freaked out. She seems to always know when I really need her. And again, I had Jaime. Interestingly enough, Jaime had her 2nd, my godson Will a month before Emma was born! So now, I've gone through 2 certifications with Jaime!
So, yesterday was my first Mothers Day. It was tough because I was on business travel (with the hubby and baby) but we were up very early to travel home. I was able to see my own mother, who is a constant source of strength and support and I wouldn't have wanted the day to go by without seeing her. Besides, 3 generations is pretty awesome. After lunch with Mom, we headed home and my hubby did a great job in helping me celebrate. I certainly would be remiss if I didn't thank him. Without him, I wouldn't have this amazing credential to be so proud about. I think single mothers should have many days to celebrate all they do, because it's a heck of a tough job and I couldn't do it without my amazing husband.