photo by Danielle Brady Photography

Exactly one week ago, I wrote these words:
“I haven’t published a post about motherhood on Olive and Tate in what
feels like forever and there’s a reason why. About a month ago, I wrote
what I think is my most heartfelt and “put it out there” motherhood
essay and it has left me feeling all of the feels (mainly, totally
exposed). I know my words won’t be met with complete understanding and
will potentially draw some negative
feedback, but the topic is incredibly personal to me and the post needed
to be written. It took me 18 months to finally find the right words and
now they sit in my drafts folder, waiting to be published.
All that I ask is that even if you don’t understand my experience or
share similar feelings, you consider that maybe another mother you love
knows exactly what I’m talking about. So, with her in mind, please try
to be thoughtful in your responses and commentary.

Here’s a little sample:

 “In the hours
and days after I gave birth I waited. I waited for the tidal wave of
feelings, the rush of extreme love that every other mother was telling
me I should be feeling. I waited and it never happened. I never

Many of you reached out after I published the excerpt of “The Myth of a Mother’s Love” to tell me that you’ve felt similar feelings or wished you could have said the right thing to a friend who was going through a similar experience. Thank you to each of you for your kind words – my hope is that I was able to tackle this topic with a little bit of grace and a lot of understanding.  

To read the full article, head to the Huffington Post