Disney Baby Moms Share Their First ‘Mom’ Moment
The first time you held him. The first time you laid eyes on her. That totally terrifying ride home from the hospital. In an instant, in a single moment, it hits you: Wow, I’m a Mom! We asked a few moms who work here at Disney to share their first big ‘Mom’ moment. Here’s what they had to say.
“The first 24 hours after my first son was born were hectic. Family and friends descended on the little recovery room to catch a glimpse of the tiny 5 lb, 4 oz baby. Alexander the Small was his nickname. At first, I felt like I didn’t know this little creature. But finally, there was a moment. The family went home, my husband left to get the car seat. I held Alex on my chest and just looked at him. That was when I fell in love.” - Lauren C.
“I don’t remember the exact moment and yet I do because every day, even 18 months in, I still feel that amazement, that joy, that completeness of the first time I held him. I see him sleeping or playing or hear his laugh or marvel at some new thing he’s figured out and I think: I get to be Clark’s mom. Sometimes it hits as a moment of heart-stopping worry (I’m not as crazy about those), other times it’s just this flood of excitement: ‘He’s my kid! I’m his mom!’ It dawns on me that Clark has made it possible for me to feel like I’m falling in love every day of my life.” - Iva P.
“I realized I was a mom when I took my newborn daughter for her first outing to my grandparent’s house. My grandpa was holding her, and asked me if I’d scheduled my daughter’s ‘well checkup’ yet. I said, ‘My what?’ He held her up and said, ‘This is your daughter.’ It was the first time anyone had called her that. My daughter. Wow. I’m a mom.”
- Donna S.
“The first time it hit me that I was a mom happened a few hours after I gave birth to my son. It was nighttime and everyone was sleeping, except the two of us. I held him in my arms and he looked directly into my eyes. There was a quiet, unspoken feeling of, ‘Hey, I know you.’ And I knew in that moment that I would protect him and deeply love him forever.” - Laurie G.
“My first real mom moment came when we took our son home from the hospital. We were walking away from this place that has helped us with so much in that first day or two, and now we were supposed to do this on our own. Have you ever tried to put a newborn first child in a car seat? It was mildly terrifying to me as a first time mom. And frustrating. It felt like strapping a baby bird into a cockpit. And I couldn’t just toss up my hands and walk away.”
- Kate W.
“To be totally honest, I didn’t really feel like a mom until I had my second child. My first was like an accessory — I brought her to restaurants, dinner parties, everywhere I went, she went. But once I had baby #2, my life really revolves around the kids. When I think about myself — if I ever get a second to think about myself, that is — it’s almost always as a mom, first.” - Laura L.
“When we finally got home from the hospital with Lukas…Henry and I looked at each other and said, ‘Now what? We don’t know how to take care of him!’ It was totally scary and awesome all at the same time. Luckily my mom came down to help us the next day!” - Rachel F.
“Whenever I see my car in a parking lot, it hits me: I drive a Volvo station wagon; I’m a mom! How did this happen?! When our daughter was born, we wrestled that infant car seat into the back seat, and left the hospital with three car seats squished side by side — a sign that our lives were now full in so many ways.”
- Sarah D.
“I realized that I was truly a mom when I got home from the hospital with my newborn and couldn’t sleep a wink for days! It’s not that I didn’t try or didn’t have help. I just wanted to watch my daughter 24-7. ‘Was she breathing? Was she hungry? Was she happy?’ Was I exhausted from the lack of sleep? YES! But I didn’t care, because she was on my mind constantly and I didn’t want to miss a minute of her.” - Brandy M.