Third Time Is A Charm!
As part of the meet the mamas series, mama mio sat down with a mommy blogger, Angela J. Kim who shared about how it feels to be pregnant with her third child. She is currently 30 weeks pregnant.
As a mother of two, I learned a thing or two about the realities of motherhood and the momentous sacrifices it takes to become a mother. The early years of back-to-back pregnancies and raising two children under three was no easy task, and despite the many beautiful and joyous moments in motherhood, there were also many moments of high stress, tears and uncertainty.
I soon learned that the title “mother” does not come easily to any of us. Every time a child gets sick, falls and breaks a bone, throws a monstrous tantrum in the grocery aisle, or challenges us to new heights of patience while screaming, yelling and throwing things, we mothers learn the true definition of unconditional love, the kind that trumps all other form of love or affection we have known until then.
We become more resilient, more patient, more understanding and more beautiful as our true womanly potential reveals itself, little by little, until one day we look back and realize we are no longer the self-absorbed and insecure woman we once were before becoming a mother.
In this way, motherhood is perhaps one of the greatest gifts and honor we achieve as women. No matter how fast our world is changing and how much progress our society has made, a mother will always be a mother— a steadfast constant and truth.
As my daughters got older, motherhood became more manageable and I began to feel like myself again. I went back to work, socialized with other adults outside of the home, and my body was back to its pre-pregnancy state. Sure I was older and more tired from the non-stop balancing act, but life was back to its normal routine.
Until one November night when a pregnancy test came back positive—for the third time.
Now I certainly don’t want to sound ungrateful for my pregnancy. I know there are many mothers out there who go through a lot to bear and raise children. Motherhood certainly is a tremendous blessing for any of us. Except a third child was not in my plans at the time and it meant making many adjustments and sacrifices to a lifestyle that our family of four have grown accustomed to over the years.
Today I’m pregnant with my third child- a baby boy- and just entered my third trimester at 30 weeks. Being in my mid-30’s, I’m now considered to be of advanced maternal age, which makes me a candidate for additional prenatal testing and naturally, more worries and anxieties. I already have one child with special needs, which makes motherhood even more complex and challenging.
How will I be able to divide my time fairly between the three children?
How can I send my daughters off to school every morning while nursing my son few times a night?
How can I drive them around to their after school activities while my son is still in his infant seat?
How can I drop off and pick up three children at three different schools?
How will I have the energy to work and cook them balanced meals as much as I can?
These are just some of the worries that grip my reality, and it’s sometimes hard to shake off the thoughts.
And at that moment, my son kicks and makes his presence known as if he’s saying “Look ma, I’m here, I can’t wait to meet you!” These movements have gotten stronger over the months to the point that it startles me throughout the day. With every movement and flutter, worry is replaced by hope, gratitude and excitement that I get to do this all over again, this time with my first baby boy.
As a third time mom, I’m now much more experienced and better equipped with all the trials of the first year and I’m that much more realistic about my expectations of myself and the child. I also know that this third child will bring his own set of life lessons and illuminations, as well as moments of overwhelming joy, beauty and love.
Even as I drag around my heavy body- with its aching back, huge belly, swollen legs and all- my heart is filled with joy of being able to partake in this beautiful cycle of life. In about two months, I will hold my third baby in my arms, and experience once again, the beauty and miracle that fill the labor and delivery room just moments after giving birth. I don’t have all my worries figured out yet, but that’s okay— because I know I’m partaking in one of the greatest miracles that life has to offer.
With the help and support from family, friends and friendship with brands like mama mio Mom, I know I’m in for the most beautiful journey in life— that of motherhood. And there’s no other road I’d rather take.