Motherhood is defined as the state or experience of having or raising a child.

I didn’t give much thought to what motherhood would be like when we had children. I was 29 and had it in my head that I wanted to have our first child by the time I was 30. As luck would have it, I got pregnant pretty much on the first try. I was amazed that after years of making sure I did not get pregnant that I got pregnant so quick.

I came from 3 and wanted to have 3. As my brother says, I wanted to replicate my childhood but create a very different dynamic than the one I grew up in. I wanted to raise them to feel empowered to do anything they wanted to do or be, to be kind, to be curious, to be thoughtful, to be a good friend, to be capable of figuring anything out, to be passionate about the arts, books, and music, to love food, cook, throw a dinner party, think out of the box and above everything be independent and confident in themselves.

Being a mother to them has been my greatest joy in the world. The years when they were younger, from the toddler days to the pre-teens to the full on teens all had their own set of challenges but that joy was always present. Putting our children first and figuring out how to integrate motherhood into my own career is one of the hardest things to do but was my number one goal.

All of our kids are now adults, in their 20’s, figuring out their own paths. They are always the forefront of my mind. I cherish our relationships. Mother’s Day is celebrating Mom’s around the world but today I celebrate my children because the gift they have given me is to be their Mom.

Comments (Archived):

  1. Erin Bagwell

    Happy Mother’s Day, Joanne! <3

    1. Gotham Gal

      And to you!

  2. Pointsandfigures

    Yuppppp. Agree 1000%. I was lucky to marry my wife. She’s been a great Mom I know lots of other husbands thanking their lucky stars today

  3. Pranay Srinivasan

    Happy Mothers Day Joanne. There are days I feel like your kid πŸ™‚

    1. Gotham Gal

      πŸ™‚ Love that!

  4. awaldstein

    Nice.While I miss my mom on day’s like today, I continually celebrate her and spent time with my son today talking about her as they were very close.Enjoy!Even with the rain.