This week, in honor of Mother's Day, we've been celebrating moms with our celebrity mom interviews. In some ways, they really are just like us.
But today, I'm featuring one of you -- Shelley (mamamia459), a CafeMom of three, with baby number four arriving just in time for Mother's Day.
Here's what she had to say about motherhood and how she'll be spending her very special Mom's Day.
You're being induced to give birth to your fourth child today, Friday, right before Mother's Day weekend. Tell me -- what does being a mom mean to you?
There's a love that comes with being a mother that no one else can touch. It's indescribable. Being a mother is being able to understand everything about this little person, knowing them better than anyone else, and appreciating the lessons they teach you as you grow together.
As a mom who's experienced it now four times, what is pregnancy -- as the jumping off point for motherhood and the beginning of a new relationship with each child -- like for you?
Pregnancy is the starting point. It has its ups and downs, but the reward is worth it. Each pregnancy has been different for me -- with one I was really large, with another I was sick all the time, with another I felt great, and with this last one, it's been a challenge for pain management.
The relationships with each child were unique from the start of each pregnancy as well. Hormones are always different, and I found the emotions that I went through with each child shaped their personality. They are all different and special. I'm excited to see what this little boy will turn out to be like!
You'll have a full house come Sunday -- how will you celebrate?
You know, I'm not sure what my family may have in store for me, but I know that it will be a very loving, emotional experience for all of us. My older children are very close in age, and there will be a larger gap with the new baby, so I'm anxious to see how they'll react to a newborn.
But coming home with a new baby on Mother's Day is the best gift I could ever get! A new chapter in my family's life.
Thanks, Shelley, and good luck!
Whether this is your first baby or your fourth, what does motherhood mean to you?