Being a parent changes Â you. This is obvious. What they don’t tell you is how it changes other people’s perception of you.
One thing that I find strange is when people call me Mommy or Mama. Maybe that’s just me but it seems weird that an adult would call another adult that when they aren’t talking to a child.
Another thing that is interesting is that some people talk to me more than they used to. It seems that some people can relate to me more now that I am a mother when they couldn’t before. Maybe it’s because I am a little more open now and happier, who knows, I’m not offended, it is just something Â IÂ noticed.
Other people talk to me less. I think mainly because they think I am busier than I used to be. Sometimes I feel less busy than when I was constantly making things, selling stuff and doing adoption fund-raisers but I am definitely more consumed with taking care of MacMillan than any of those other things.
Being a parent has really given me a new identity. Being MacMillan’s mama is who I have always wanted to be. All the changes whether they are real or just perceived by me or others are a blessing. I am glad to make new friends with other moms and to improve my current friendships.
One thing that has not changed is that I still ache for my friends who suffer with infertility. Although it is a part of my life, I don’t suffer from it anymore. I have accepted it as part of my journey to the cutest son ever.
God has a plan for all of us. We all can have a new identity in Him.
John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
No matter how people perceive me now as a mom, I hope they first see me as a Christian.