According to Wikipedia:
Morphing is a special effect in motion pictures and animations that changes (or morphs) one image into another through a seamless transition. Most often it is used to depict one person turning into another through technological means or as part of a fantasy or surreal sequence
I have been thinking a LOT about the changes that a mother makes during her child rearing years.
I have 3 children (and I didn’t even have to have three pregnancies) in less than 3 years.
Change #1: Pregnancy 1
Change #2: Child 1 is born
Change #3: Transition from the corporate world to maternity leave
Change #4: Transition from maternity leave to the corporate world
Change #5: Pregnancy #2
Change #6: Children 2 and 3 are born
Change #7: Transition from the corporate world to maternity leave
Change #8: Transition from maternity leave to being an official stay at home mother
Eight life changes and/or stages may not seem like an astronomical number however you layer on the emotional, physical, social and financial elements to each specific life change and it boggles my mind. For instance, Change #3: Corporate to Mommy mode – the sudden change of social interaction, self-image and family finances or Change #5: Twin Pregnancy – the emotional stress of having to carry two lives to fruition was intense. Change #6 the birth of 2 people …let’s not get into it! AH!
This however is not a special effect or animation. This is reality for women having children. I am amazed when I look around my group of friends. They are incredibly strong and often times they do not even realize how strong they are. The play group that I attend is a group of mothers who have thrown themselves head first into raising their children and are doing so with careful attention to detail and limitless love. They are not perfect. They have their moments of frustration, of tears, of baseball cap wearing days when there just wasn’t enough time to look presentable but all in all they are remarkable!
The amazing part is that although they are in full “mommy mode”. The group is composed of nurses, teachers, graphic artists, real estate agents, recreation therapists, business women. And yes, they are taking a hiatus from work and yes, they may be taking the “mommy” track in terms of their careers but they are doing so with grace and conviction.