Smart. Patient. Selfless. Loving. Incredible. Dedicated.
Those are just a few of the adjectives that describe Erin’s emergence into motherhood. Since the day I met her in college, I could tell she was gifted with natural motherly instincts, but the way she’s transformed herself in the past three months has left me in awe. Her knack for research is remarkable and her care is impeccable.
While at times I still show signs of frustration when Jacob cries in my ear (I am getting better), Erin’s patience holds strong. She knows what each cry means and knows exactly how to soothe him. Occasionally I’ll see her patience thin when he’s being really stubborn, but she takes a deep breath and tries a different approach. It works every time. She selflessly blocks out all distractions around her, such as the TV or the computer, giving Jacob her undivided attention. She makes sure he is taken care of before she does anything for herself. It's no surprise Jacob is most content when he’s nestled in his mommy’s arms.
But it wasn’t always as easy for Erin as she now makes it seem. Two months ago, Erin thought she wouldn’t make it as a mother. Unlike other people she knows, she didn’t have family nearby to turn to when she was pushed to her breaking point. She was forced to deal alone with incessant crying at nights when Jacob was at his worst and I was away at work. Often she would call me at the newsroom crying, claiming she’s tried EVERYTHING and she just didn’t know what to do or what was wrong with him. Every night, though, I came home to a peaceful, sleeping baby. I never knew what she did or how she did it. I still don’t. What I do know is that she made it through those horrible, drawn-out nights with more confidence than before.
Erin is an incredible mom, and I can't wait to see the bond she develops with Jacob as he gets older.
I’m very proud of her and love her very much!
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