In this era of social media, over-sharing and endless information at our fingertips, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, feel inadequate or worry about making the right choices—especially as a new mom.

We suddenly have so many decisions to make: should I breastfeed or use formula? Daycare or stay at home? Sleep train? Circumcise? Vaccinate? Babywear? The list is never-ending and we all strive to be that “perfect mom” who seems to have it all together. But can I let you in on a secret?

That heart of yours? It beats to the perfect rhythm that soothed your tiny baby for nine months, and he’s the only one who knows what it sounds like from the inside.

That belly of yours? It was the perfect first home to your baby, providing shelter and comfort until he grew big and strong enough to enter this world.

Those arms of yours? They’re perfect for wrapping around your toddler when he’s taken a fall and only mom’s comforting embrace can make everything better again.

Those shoulders of yours? They’re the perfect spot for him to lay his little head when he’s sleepy but not quite ready for bed.

Those eyes of yours? They’re perfect for watching him discover the world, and transform right in front of you from a newborn to an infant, then to a toddler and a child.

Those hands of yours? They’re perfect for holding tight as he walks into that big, new classroom on his very first day of preschool.

Those lips of yours? They’re perfect for kissing away the pain of boo-boos when he’s run a bit too fast for his little legs to keep up.  

And those ears of yours? They’re perfect for listening to the little secrets he will share, and hearing him tell you, “I love you, Mom.”

The truth is, there’s no such thing as the “perfect mom” but each of us is perfect for our child. To that baby right there, you are the world and absolutely perfect in every way.

So, mama, give yourself a little grace and know you’ve got this. God hand-picked that child for you because you are the “perfect mom” for the job.  

Brooke Behrendt

World traveler turned farmer's wife. First time mom to a beautiful baby boy and sweet mini goldendoodle. Navigating this new motherhood role with love, faith and a whole lot of coffee. Brooke is a Public Relations Associate who works from her home in the country.