My daughter just turned 12 years old and I cannot help but feel absolutely filled with gratitude. You see, there was a time that I thought I would never be able to be her mom, or see her growing into this amazing young person that she has become.
When I was newly sober, no one told me how exactly my life was going to change, so the future seemed absolutely terrifying! I actually thought that most things would not change, that I would always be the temporary parent, that my ex would always have full custody and that my daughter would be growing up without a mom.
All of that has changed now!
From the Sober Courage vault, here is last year’s post about my journey to motherhood:
Sober Moms: From Despair to Motherhood
Eleven years ago, today, I gave birth to a beautiful, little girl! I remember that day just like it was yesterday, as any first time mom does! I was filled with mixed emotions of excitement and anticipation. And fear. But I was full of hope! Yet, I had no idea that my life would change so dramatically after that day. It is a true miracle that I am still a part of my daughter’s life!
Back then, I was single and living with my daughter’s father, basically out of convenience, because he actually wanted to be a part of his child’s life, which was promising. Nevertheless, it was an uncertain time, and my future looked bleak since we didn’t really get along. I quit drinking and smoking on the day I found out that I was pregnant, and I stayed sober and smoke free during my entire pregnancy. To this…
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