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Lessons from Becoming Mom
Posted By Jessica Fisher On April 7, 2014 @ 7:00 am In Joyful Womanhood,Parenting and Family,Promotions | No Comments
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With tires squealing, my husband pulled up to the Emergency Room like a police man in hot pursuit of a bandit, parking crooked in front of the entrance. He ran to fetch a nurse, “My wife’s going to have a baby any minute.”
The young nurse, calmly walked out pushing a wheel chair and said in a somewhat patronizing way, “It’s ok, sir. Is this her first baby?”
“No! It’s our fourth!”
At that moment, the nurse lost her confidence. Even though I was in transition, I recognized her panic. She knew a multipara, or woman who has given birth more than twice, was likely to deliver quickly. She absolutely did NOT want to have that woman, me, deliver in her Emergency Room.
And we almost did! FishBoy9 was born exactly fifteen minutes after the ER clocked me in at the door, panting and sweating in that wheel chair. The nurse, bless her heart, was praying she wasn’t going to catch a baby in the elevator.
So was the nurse who eventually did catch that baby  before the doctor could arrive.
You would think that with a fourth delivery, I would have known I was in labor. But, no, I had labored all afternoon, not really sure. Until I was in transition.
And while some people might say I’m an “experienced mom”, let me tell you that to become a mom is to enter a lifetime of learning.
Take it from me: I’ve been a first-time mom six times. Ha! I’ve made so many mistakes  along the way, I don’t think there are enough hours in a day to recount them.
If I could talk to that 25-year old me — as well as me at 28, 30, 32, 34, and 36 — I would say these things:
And, yeah, you might have guessed that 41-year old me would do well to heed these words as well!
God blessed me with three great moms to help me make the transition into motherhood.
The kids are already scheming ways to honor them this year. I’m thrilled with some of the greeting cards and gift items that Hallmark sent us for the moms in our lives . The cards are just beautiful this year!
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Mother’s Day. Hallmark is asking folks to nominate a first-time mom to receive a Mother’s Day care package filled with Hallmark products to help celebrate her baby’s arrival and first year. You can submit your nominations to the 100 Moms Contest  from now until April 30th.
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