Ashley was scheduled to post for our “We’re Moms Too” series today. However, today is a special Mom Day Monday. Ashley went into labor on Wednesday, August 8th. Her water literally broke minutes before her surprise baby shower here at The Step2 Company. Luckily, we had invited her husband up to participate in her shower. He arrived moments after her water broke and had the baby shower been a minute later, she would have missed it! She grabbed a piece of cake and then headed to the hospital.
I have no doubt that when Ashley returns she will have a fun story with more details to share with all of us.
We all become a Mother in our own way and we all have a story to tell. Isn’t it funny how the birth of another baby reminds us of our own experience? When Ashley left that day, it gave the rest of us around the office permission to recount our own special moments and share our own stories for the second, third or fourth time. No matter how old our kids are, what ups and downs we have gone through with them, there is something so special about the experience leading up to the first time we hold them in our arms that no one can take away. The memory lives fresh in our minds and is still sweet and vibrant. Time stops. Your heart swells. Your purpose of life is so much different.
I believe holding our babies for the first time is our initiation into “the club”. The moment you realize you could love someone more than you thought was imaginable. I am so happy for Ashley and her husband. I know she will be an amazing Mom. She is one of us, the proud, the tired, the relentless, the make it happen at any expense, ready to take on the world for our children, she is a Mom.
Tena and her best friend (and hubby) had their first child in July, 2011. Their little guy has a congenital heart defect and he is one tough little cookie; don’t ever think about calling him sick though – “his plumbing is just different.” Tena is an animal loving vegetarian and is excited to teach her son about compassion and the importance of volunteer work. She secretly hopes her son will be left handed like his momma. She is the Online Marketing Director for Step2.