During the baby shower, something amazing happened…
My friend Samantha gave me an incredible gift: a handmade book about motherhood. Weeks before the shower, Samantha asked dozens of important women in my life (even those living across the country or an ocean) to offer words of advice about motherhood. Then Samantha, who is an illustrator, wrote all the quotes into a book, along with watercolor illustrations of flowers, stripes and patterns.
Here are five examples of entries…
“Take your child’s worries and joys seriously and always listen with respect.” —Jean Goddard, my mom
“Parents make mistakes, too. It’s okay for parents to say sorry to their children.” —Sujatha, my sister’s mother-in-law
“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.” ― poem by Mary Jean Irion, contributed by my sister Lucy
“It’s helpful to have a special nursing blanket full of new toys and books for Toby. It only gets pulled out when the new baby is nursing, so Toby will look forward to that time.” —Anika, my friend (who has two children)
And this last one made me laugh out loud…
“A very useful phrase to repeat whenever you start to ask why your baby is doing something confusing and unpredictable: ‘Babies be babies.’ (I think I’ll put this on a needlepoint pillow if I have another child.) And a very useful phrase to repeat when you find yourself turning to your spouse blamefully: Your spouse is not the enemy. The baby is the enemy.” —Emily, my sister-in-law
And here’s the beautiful Samantha, who put together and illustrated the book.
Thank you again, Samantha. xoxo
(Photos by Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo.)