As a mother, there are countless moments that make you feel like a parent. It could be holding your baby in your arms for the first time, hearing their heartbeat at the doctor’s office, or simply when they look up at you with adoration, and you know you’re their everything. Here are 8 stories of when mothers felt that indescribable feeling of becoming a parent for the first time.

Colleen had been through a lot before holding her twins for the first time. After five years of infertility, an ectopic pregnancy, and a traumatic labor and birth, she was elated to finally see their faces. When the nurse placed both babies on her chest, Colleen couldn’t help but cry tears of joy. In that moment, she felt like a mother.

For Kayla, it was the moment she saw her 32-week-old miracle baby for the first time, even though she wasn’t allowed to touch him for two weeks. Despite the distance, her baby followed her voice and stared at her for an hour. That moment made Kayla feel like a mother, even though she couldn’t hold her baby just yet.

Claudia knew she was a mother when she heard her baby’s heartbeat at the doctor’s office. But it was also every time her babies looked at her like she was their person. In those moments, nothing else mattered, and Claudia knew that she was exactly where she was meant to be.

For McKenzie, it was delivering her rainbow baby after four miscarriages. Holding her baby in her arms, she knew that her struggles were worth it, and that she was now a mother.

Bria’s first words to her rainbow baby, after three miscarriages, were “we did it sweetie.” In that moment, she knew that she had become a mother, despite all the obstacles she had faced.

For Lisa, it was the moment the nurse from the fertility clinic called to say that her IUI was successful. Her beautiful baby boy Stanley is now four, and Lisa is eagerly awaiting the arrival of his little sister in August. Despite the journey to parenthood being long and difficult, Lisa knew that she was a mother the moment she heard the news.

These are just a few of the many moments that make mothers feel like parents. Despite the different paths they took to get there, each mother knows that the moment they first felt like a mother was an indescribable and unforgettable experience that changed their lives forever.

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