There are few moments in a person’s life where they are fully aware that what they are doing is exactly what they are meant to be doing, that their purpose is being fulfilled.
When I looked into my daughter’s eyes for the first time, that’s when I knew. I knew that every decision in my life had led to this moment, to this feeling. I knew that my purpose in life was to be the mother of this little girl and that loving her was what the universe had been guiding me toward for 25 years.
She is my inspiration.
It has been 14 months since Amanda’s birth and the process of becoming a mother has been filled with ups and downs. At one level, I miss the pregnancy stage: the roundness, the kicks and hiccups, the internal connection of a mother and her child; those are all things that I loved and will treasure forever.
However, those feelings pass when I see her beautiful face, smell that wonderful baby smell, and see her exploring her new world. She has quickly become my best friend, and I pray she sees me the same way, even though many days I feel like a glorified milk dispenser.
Over the past months, I have been thinking about how best to develop my own personal style and parenting philosophy. Even though I have been at this for a short time, I have come to understand that parenting is a personal and unique experience. There is definitely no formula or guide to being a perfect parent.
For my husband Felipe and I, there have been some difficulties in adjusting to parenthood. Late night feedings, diaper blow outs, and a constant, nagging anxiety that everything I’m doing is wrong all contribute to a nervous new mother.
Through all the difficult moments, I know that there is one truth:
When all else fails, you’ve got to have Snuggles.
This thought, I call my Snuggleosophy, and so far it has not failed. The more I think about it, the more it rings true. I hope to develop this philosophy and apply it to my life, adding in every parenting truth I find along the way.
I hope that you will join me, and together, we’ll make the most of this thing called parenthood.
Caitlin is the managing director of Snuggleosophy and the mother of 1-1/2 year old Amanda. She has lived as an expat in Santiago, Chile for the past 7 years and speaks English and Spanish fluently. She loves to promote reading for children starting from birth as well as multilingual and multicultural parenting. For her day job, she is a pricing and transportation analyst for international freight.