10th Anniversary Spotlight: Showered Mom Emily M.

Emily's daughter

2010 Operation Shower Mom

When and where was your Operation Shower experience?

We were showered at The PLAYERS Championship 2010.

How old is your Operation Shower baby now?

She is 6 years old now!

Were you separated from your partner during your pregnancy or early months of your baby’s life?

Yes, we were separated during this time.

How many children do you have?

We now have 2 children.

Are you or your partner active duty?

Yes, my husband is currently active duty.

What is/was the most challenging part of being a military family?

Deployments and moving are the most challenging part of being a military family.

What is the most rewarding part of being a military family?

The pride we feel about being a military family is the most rewarding aspect of it all.

What is your favorite memory of your Operation Shower experience?

When they gave all of us a car seat at the shower was very memorable. I was shocked and so excited!

Emily's daughter

What did Operation Shower mean to you when you were pregnant or a new mom?

The support (from everyone) and a feeling of camaraderie with the other moms meant a lot to me.

If you could offer some words of encouragement to other military moms, what would it be?

Do it your way. Be open to suggestions from the people in your network (family, close friends,) but don’t think that they will have all of the answers. Sometimes, you will have to use trial and error to find what works best for you and your baby. That’s ok! It’s a bonding experience that you’ll never get back. Take advantage of it!

Also, don’t expect perfection. Some days you will be more tired than others. Some day your child might throw an ever-loving fit while you’re trying to walk the clearance aisle at Target. These things are ok! Perfection is not required in parenting. Your patience will wane, and you might need coffee to survive. At the end of the day, as long as your child is fed, clean (I’ve been too tired to shower them after a long day at the soccer field, so no judgement here,) and loved… YOU’RE DOING IT RIGHT!!!

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