from “Mommy Journals” A New Idea for Greeting Cards


I have this idea for new-mom cards. One that’s a little more honest. All the cards out there say things about how “this is the best time of your life” and “you’ve never known this type of love or joy” and blah blah blah. All of it is true, but the beginning didn’t feel like it, and such cards only made me feel worse.

Here’s another idea:


                Congratulations! The adorable baby is here.

            Sweet, precious angel. Oh so dear!

            Love like this you’ve never felt before…

            What’s that? You want to run out the front door?


            Sleepless nights, spit-up, and screams.

            The haunting cry creeps into your dreams!

            Nothing makes sense, and all you want to do is cry.

            You feel like a zombie, and you don’t know why.


            Your industrial-size pad is bigger than the diapers on your newborn.

            You find leak spots and milk stains on every shirt you’ve ever worn.

            Your sensitive nipples are cracked and bleeding.

            You’ve got this cling-on that’s constantly feeding.


            You might feel your baby is impossible to soothe,

            But have faith because motherhood will improve.

            You and Baby will figure it out.

            Trust your instincts; don’t give in to doubt.


            Congratulations, new mom.

            It gets better.


Such a card might offend some people, but I think it would be great and honest. It would have made me laugh instead of cry, because all those cards that idealize motherhood and make believe the newborn stage is full of sweet cuddles, pink clouds, and soft music are a bunch of hogwash!

 Just an idea.


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