Mothers Day for a “Mom”

Mothers Day is challenging for me. People see me pregnant now and say “Maybe this will be your first Mothers Day!” as if delivering the baby before then will ensure that I am a mom this Mothers Day. I don’t understand why we say life begins at conception and consider the thing inside me to be a baby, but don’t consider pregnant women mothers.

Furthermore, last year was my first Mothers Day. It was about two months after I gave birth to Caleb and proceeded to lay him in the grave. Just because my two children aren’t in my arms doesn’t mean I’m not a mom, or any less of a mom than someone else.

But what are you supposed to say to me: “Happy Mothers Day?” It’s kind of happy. I’m certainly excited about this new little one and getting to meet him face to face soon. I’m happy that I had Caleb, even though it was a short time. I’m happy to celebrate my wonderful mom and mother-in-law, my grandmother-in-law, my sisters who are moms, and a host of other great mom examples.

But for me Mothers Day is lonely. It’s a reminder that Caleb isn’t here. He can’t ever be replaced with another child. I imagine part of me will always feel like this on Mothers Day. Someone is missing. When people acknowledge me on Mothers Day, it’s a reminder of this. Yet when people don’t acknowledge me, it makes me feel like Caleb has been forgotten.

I feel like I’m a “mom,” always having to qualify my role… “Is this your first child?” Kind of…. When they ask all the moms to stand up at church, do I stand? What questions will I have to answer then? If I don’t stand, is it like I’m ignoring Caleb?

I don’t write this so that you’ll acknowledge me in some way on Mothers Day. It’s really not about me. It’s really about a Mom who doesn’t want her children to be overlooked. I’m sure there are other “moms” in your life: women who have struggled with infertility, women who have miscarried, women who never had the opportunity to give birth to their own children. Maybe you’ll just take a minute to think about what makes someone a Mom. As you celebrate this year, be sensitive to the “moms” whose children aren’t in their arms but are forever in their hearts.



5 thoughts on “Mothers Day for a “Mom”

  1. First and foremost, God gave you the blessing of holding Caleb before He took him to his heavenly home, unlike many who miscarry and never know the sex or have the blessing of holding their child. And you are correct, you were a Mother from the minute of conception and will always be Caleb’s Mother. How we wish the Lord had let you have Caleb to raise but God loved him more and we will have to wait until we get to heaven to see him again, but what a blessing (even a sad blessing) to be able to have the short time to hold him. It is hard for Grandparents too, when asked how many grandchildren do you have and I’d like to say “we are expecting our 7th grandchild, but we have five waiting for us in heaven.” We have the choice whether to say all that or just put on a happy face and let everyone know how thrilled we are to welcome another grandchild into this world shortly. Life deals so many very hard things to go through and the death of Caleb was definitely the very hardest thing I have ever gone through!!! He will always be in my heart and no one will ever take his place but I do look forward to Debbie and Jeff’s second son birth for all the wonderful joy he will bring to all of us. So yes, Debbie you are a Mother to Caleb and you will be a loving and compassionate Mother to baby boy Chun as soon as he arrive!!

  2. That was beautiful Debbie! I also feel weird when people ask about what number baby this is for me. I will say this is going to be my third boy, but I feel guilty. 😦 You are a mom in every sense of the word. Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! Love you.

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