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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!

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Figuring out what to do for a mom on Mother's Day can be a tricky thing. There's the standard flowers or candy, of course, and taking her out to a nice brunch is a fairly universal winner. But what do moms really want?

Speaking from experience—my kids range from age 12 to 20—a lot depends on the stage of motherhood. What I wanted when my kids were little is different than what I want now, and I'm sure when my kids are grown and gone I'll want something different again.

We asked our readers to share what they want for Mother's Day, and while the answers were varied, there were some common themes that emerged.

Moms of young kids want a break.

When your kids are little, motherhood is relentless. Precious and adorable, yes. Wonderful and rewarding, absolutely. But it's a LOT. And it's a lot all the fricking time.

Most moms I know would love the gift of alone time, either away at a hotel or Airbnb or in their own home with no one else around. Time alone is a priceless commodity at this stage, especially if it comes with someone else taking care of cleaning, making sure the kids are fed and safe and occupied, doing the laundry, etc.

This is especially true after more than a year of pandemic living, where we moms have spent more time than usual at home with our offspring. While in some ways that's been great, again, it's a lot.

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"I love being a nurse because I have the honor of connecting with my patients during some of their best and some of their worst days and making a difference in their lives is among the most rewarding things that I can do in my own life" - Tenesia Richards, RN

From ushering new life into the world to holding the hand of a patient as they take their last breath, nurses are everyday heroes that deserve our respect and appreciation.

To give back to this community that is always giving so selflessly to others, CeraVe® put out a call to nurses to share their stories for a chance to be featured in Heroes Behind the Masks, a digital content series shining a light on nurses who go above and beyond to provide safe and quality care to patients and their communities.

First up: Tenesia Richards, a labor and delivery nurse working in New York City who, in addition to her regular job, started a community outreach program in a homeless shelter that houses expectant mothers for up to one year postpartum.

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Upon learning at a conference that black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health, Richards decided to take further action to help her community. She, along with a handful of fellow nurses, volunteered to provide antepartum, childbirth and postpartum education to the women living at the shelter. Additionally, they looked for other ways to boost the spirits of the residents, like throwing baby showers and bringing in guest speakers. When COVID-19 hit and in-person gatherings were no longer possible, Richards and her team found creative workarounds and created holiday care packages for the mothers instead.

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