Suffering Mothers

My heart aches for every struggling mother…

I ache for the mom who had to put aside her dreams for her children.

For the single-mom who is sick of her daughter, watching her cry; as she goes to work, pays bills, changes dirty diapers, wipes runny noses, and cooks meals, all with no help!

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A Mothers’ Fathers Day Tribute 

Most think that men have it easy being as a dad. This could not be further from the truth. Just like mothers, fathers have to sacrifice so much for their families.

It is a different and yet equally important journey.

We need to start cherishing our fathers for who they are and supporting them…

…to every father that is taking care of children on his own

…to every father that is locked up, loving his children from a distance…

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LADYHOOD journey Photoshoot 

Photographer: Sara Lacroix Photo

  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • sara@saralacroixphoto.com
  • @saralacroixphoto/Instagram

Makeup Artist: Taylor Mckenzie Williams

  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Taylor Made Beauty Experience
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Designer: Ta’lor Pinkston

  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • @pinkspen/Instagram
  • @ladypinkspen/Twitter
  • @Ladyhood journey, LLC

 

5 Greatest Things about Toddlers

Being a new mom is a journey! 💋 It is a weight gaining, energy lowering, tears shedding, and yet, a beautiful and joyful journey.

My daughter is my first and only, and at 18 months or 1.5 years old, I am realizing that this is the age I am going to miss with her; the age right before the terrible-two’s. 

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a Mother’s Day Love Letter 

To my dearest child,

I could not see you smile, hear you laugh, or hold you in my arms, but I loved you in the womb. 

You came into this world a surprise to mommy, but it was a beautifulsurprise….

The first time I held you, we cried together as you immediately latched to my breast. 

Seeing you smile, makes me smile. 

Hearing you laugh, makes me laugh. 

From your first words to your first steps, I fall more-and-more in love with you.

You are the greatest Mother’s Day gift! I will love you forever, entirely.

Your mother,

-Pinkspen 💋

Becoming a mom was and is the best part of my life. Is it tough? Yes! Do I get frustrated? Yes! Would I have it any other way? Not for anyone or anything in this world. 

Facts of Life 

Historically men were always treated as more important than women and children. 

I am not going to do a breakdown of how race, ethnicity, social class, age, and religion tie into this, but in most cultures, men are dominant, in control, and considered to be more important. 

Although, great strides have been made, with Women’s Rights/Feminism and Child Abuse Protection Laws, the historical foundation of putting men before women and children, still affects us today when it comes to gender roles, wage gaps, and the rates of children who are abused, neglected, and living in poverty.

Here is a brief history from History Magazine, on how taking a bath was considered a privilege, and men received the benefit of that privilege:

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#BlackLivesMatter: pro-life/pro-choice

I read a post Black Lives Matter by an anti-abortion blogger.

As a black mother, of course the title caught my eye, but it was the statement that started my journey to a greater knowledge.

Original statement: “Four out of ten black children are killed in the womb. Black lives matter?

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The most difficult part of being a mother

As a new mother, I am often asked, “how do you like being a mother?” I think that is a strange question to ask someone… If I said, “I hate it!” everyone would think I was the worst person. Right? 😉 but typically, the answers are:

“I love it!”

“It is the best thing that ever happened to me.”

“…it is a challenge but I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

But, the other day, someone asked me, what I feel was the most difficult question regarding motherhood.

“What is the most difficult part of being a mother?” 

(what a question…)

I stopped, thought about it…and there were so many things that came to mind like:

teaching my daugther to latch…

pumping late at night so my breast don’t become engorged…

getting my daugther to fall asleep without nursing…

teaching my daugther not to bite the teet…

vaxinations…

waking up on the hour to feed…

always being tired…

the selflessness…

Although, all challenging, were not the most difficult parts of being a mother.

The most challenging part of being a mother, and I know most mothers would agree is learning to let go!

Letting go of your children is the challenge because it happens almost immediately.

Allow your child cry themselves to sleep so that they are not sleeping in your bed until they are 5, is letting them go…

When they crawl, walk, climb stairs, try to get off the couch and the bed on their own, is a part of letting them go and explore the world around them…

Being a parent is constantly letting your child go because from they day they are born, they are getting older, and it never stops. Children grow up, and that is the most difficult part about being a parent; you have to let them go, be, learn, see, and experience life. Every parent wants and misses when their child needed them for everything. My daughter is 13 months, and I miss it already. I can’t even wrap my head around her first day of school, first sleepover, first adult tooth, first relationship, her first kiss, her first breakup; when she gets married, her first child…

…from the day a child is born, you are letting them go, and its the hardest thing that I have ever done.

 -Pinkspen

via Discover Challenge: Tough Questions

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Maternity Leave in America: The story of the struggling mother

I found out I was pregnant, one month after I received my Masters Degree…

Just before I was about to transition from student to working woman, I was hit with the reality that I was going to be a working woman who was also a mother.

My boyfriend and I were broke; living with my mother, and about to move into a 1-bedroom apartment, because that was all we could afford.

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