When I was writing Birth Affirmations and decided to include my drawings of babies and mamas in the book, I realized I needed more images than I already had. I don't have friends who are pregnant these days so I put out a call on Facebook asking if anyone had pictures of themselves giving birth or of their babies or pregnant selves. Women were so generous! I got many pictures of women's most precious moments. I wasn't able to use all of them, but I feel so honored by each woman who shared with me.
The picture shown here, "It's OK to rest" came from a high school friend of mine, Sue. It's a picture of her daughter and grandbaby. She said she realized it was a little bit strange since her daughter is wearing a mask - apparently that was how they would nap - mama would rest anytime baby did. Sue said she was really glad her daughter realized "It's OK to rest."
I didn't think I would want to draw the picture since it is a little bit odd, but the image stuck with me. As I was writing affirmations for the postpartum period, I realized that saying "It's OK to rest." is a great affirmation! I don't think I gave myself that permission, but I wish I had! Now it's one of my favorite affirmations and drawings. I evoke it for myself frequently and hope that mothers everywhere will allow themselves that gift - rest when they are tired. Everyone feels better when Mama is rested and feeling good.