The immense power of motherhood lies not in the changing of diapers, nursing around the clock, washing bottles, laundering onesies, and waking up in the middle of the night to shush and swaddle, although all of that is certainly part of the deal.
It’s about the roller coaster of emotions that you experience — those highest highs and those lowest lows.
While the shift to mother comes gently for some, for others, the shift is earth-shattering.
For two-time cancer survivor and twin mom Lauren Chiarello Mika, her entrance into motherhood was swift and tumultuous. In spite of all of the obstacles she and her family have endured over the first few months after the birth of her boys (and the years prior to their conception), she has emerged even more powerful than before. And the love within her? It's far deeper, stronger, and more tender than any love she's known before.
Here's her story.
“I had no idea. I had no idea I’d be cannonballing my way into the deep end of motherhood. One week postpartum from my cesarean, I was riding in the back of an ambulance with one of our identical twin sons, Jacob. He needed to get to a Level IV NICU — STAT. As we drove one hour away, I peered out the back window in despair. I left half of my heart behind in the NICU — our other son, Vincent.
Sweet Jacob had a very rocky start to his life. Nine of the first 10 weeks of his life was spent in four different hospitals — with various health issues, including a surgery. I learned the true meaning of resilience.
During this time, my heart was absolutely torn in two. Jacob in the hospital. Vincent at home. I had to learn to show up for my boys in different ways — even when I was physically + emotionally drained. Motherhood is unconditional love. It’s putting one foot in front of the other when you’re not sure you can move another inch.
I am deeply grateful we’re all home under one roof. Sweet Jacob is getting stronger each week and my boys turned 4 months just yesterday, May 9th.”
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