“I always wanted to be a mom, probably since I was in my late teens. I just knew. My son is amazing, he’s the best thing in the world. I love being a mother, I feel like I was destined to be his mom. It’s unexplainable, it’s something that you can’t explain until you’re in those shoes, and people say the love you have for your child is unexplainable. It’s just everyday they’re growing and they’re moving and you’re looking at them like, ‘Oh my God, I created this person.’ And you see little things that you do and you see little things that their father does in them, and ya know, it’s wild. It’s a wild ride.

To be a good parent I think you just take it one day at a time. You do what’s right in your gut but it’s okay to take advice, it’s OK to listen, but every child is different, in every, every  aspect. And what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another. It’s trial and error, really, when it comes to raising a child. You might try things one night if he’s not sleeping and you might try something else the next night that someone else suggested, and it works, or you could take the suggestion and it was the worst thing that you could have done, so you really don’t know.”

This piece first appeared in The New Paltz Oracle on September 15, 2016.

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