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Mothers Everywhere

Being a mom can be amazing, but it's also a very hard job.


Lucy Scott knows these challenges firsthand.


Scott with her daughter. All images used with permission from Lucy Scott.

Last year, the new mom found herself completely immersed in both learning and excitement during her first year as a mother to her daughter.

Scott, an artist by day, wanted to hold on to those memories and lessons from her first year of motherhood forever, so she started drawing.

"It felt cathartic to try and make mom friends laugh at what, at the time, were challenging moments," Scott told Upworthy. "What I didn’t realize then was that you forget so much of that first year. I’m really glad now that I have my doodles to look back at and remember."

Here are some of her most important learnings:

1. Pre-motherhood requires a lot of very important preparation.

2. ... and that preparation is sometimes expensive.

3. Babies will keep you guessing even before they're born.


4. You might never truly feel ready for a kid, and that's OK.

5. Scott remembers the day she realized that going out was no longer an on-the-whim decision.

6. Because, well, other people needed attending to.

7. Conversation topics took a minor turn for Scott and her partner too.

8. OK, maybe more of a major turn.

9. She also remembers that, for her, the concept of a difficult Monday took on a whole new meaning when she had a kid.


10. And quiet time? It becomes non-negotiable with kiddos.

11. Breastfeeding requires some very specific location selection skills as well.


12. Gifts from Grandma become a lot more amusing.


13. And impromptu gatherings with friends might require a bit more ... planning.

14. Dinner for two took on a different meaning for Scott with Lois around.

15. And date night usually turned into a sleepover.

16. Bedtime might also look a little bit different once you have kids.


17. But there are also some unforeseen social perks of motherhood...

18. Despite all of the different adventures moms go through, motherhood is a pretty awesome thing.


Motherhood can be a beautiful journey and a wild adventure all at the same time.

And it's important to remember this Mother's Day that the mom superheroes we love so much are humans too, just like us. Thanks, moms!