A Mother’s Love: Everything Has Changed

Our RGVMB contributor Jenn shares some great poetry with us for National Poetry Month, inspired by her motherhood journey!

An image on a sonogram — tears leave your vision blurred,

With its beating heart and open little mouth, it looks like a bird.

Everything feels the same

Everything has changed

Eating cereal at midnight — your tummy’s growls mean

the child inside you is demanding already, even before he has been seen.

Pickles and Ice cream

Ham and chocolate

A constant tug at your breast throughout the night

As your newborn frenzily feeds, clamping down tight.

Sleepiness and fog

Aching back and cricked neck

Eyes snap closed as the baby food flies in your face,

Drool and mashed peas mimic confetti festooning the place.

Sticky hair and dampened shirt

Gnashing gums and flying fists

Pizza delivery means your meal is primarily just the crust,

Joke’s on you, kid – this crust’s stuffed!

Mommy, the bad guys ate my nuggets.

Mommy, brother is getting on my side of the table.

Chasing them down at bedtime, tucking the covers in tight,

Kissing tear-stained faces, sleepiness winning the fight.

Momma, I’m not sleepy.

Momma, I don’t want to go to bed.

Sitting next to them at the table, their hands itch to grab their cell,

Trying to help as much as you can, but you still don’t know math so well.

Mom, I’m graduating early.

Mom, I’m going away to school.

Everything feels the same

Everything has changed

Staring at an empty room, the memories dampen my eyes

The baby bird has left the nest, you’ve seen to it that now he flies.

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Jennifer is the lucky mother of three boys, Dean (3) and Dante (2) (yup, back to back), and Diego (2 months). So life normally resembles either a crazed, juice-fueled dance party, or a giggle powered wrestling match. When she is not prowling around the house like a t-rex she teaches high school AP Social Studies, coaches UIL and is a self proclaimed "fit-ish mom" (translation: food is heaven, but the gym is therapy.) She grew up in Edinburg, and is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Political Science and Theater. After college, she bounced to Los Angeles where she began acting, print modeling, and worked for a high profile mortuary. After about 5 years she came back to her roots in the RGV, met her incredibly sweet husband, and the rest, as they say, is history.


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