As a community-focused company, Kabrita USA strives to be inclusive and to continuously celebrate diversity. In honor of Black History Month, Kabrita USA is featuring a BIPOC Parenting Series, for the entire month of February. The BIPOC Parenting Series centres BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) parents’ experiences. Our goal is to enhance greater representation of BIPOC parents in the media, as well as to amplify BIPOC voices and stories.
Today, we are sharing Shasha’s story about her journey to parenthood.
I’ll never forget the day we brought Skyy home from the hospital. We were two excited, eager, first-time parents that were in store for many short days and long nights. As we walked through the double doors of the hospital holding our car seat, I turned and looked at my husband, “Are they really going to let us take her home?” “Yes!” He said as he laughed and smiled.
Our journey to parenthood was not easy. After trying for months, I finally became pregnant and we were elated. We went to our first appointment, left with sonogram pictures, and were told to follow up with my new doctor in a few weeks. Before leaving, my OBGYN mentioned that he saw a fibroid but it was nothing to be concerned about.
Fast forward a few weeks later and I immediately knew something was wrong. I rushed over to my OBGYN’s office, and tried to mentally prepare myself for what he might say. In my heart I already knew. He confirmed my worst fear and then said I’d need to have a major surgery if I still wanted to become a mom. I was devastated.
The next few months were long, but I came too far to give up on my dream to become a mom. I had the surgery, waited a few more months to heal physically and mentally, and eventually mustered up the courage to try again. I was elated when I became pregnant, but cautiously optimistic. I was terrified to announce the pregnancy, and held off on making major purchases until our 3rd trimester.
I didn’t take of a sigh of relief until Skyy was born.
Becoming a mom has been the hardest yet most rewarding and joyful experience of my life. Every day I look at my daughter and thank her for choosing me to be her mom. I thank my husband for his love, patience, and ongoing support as we navigate parenthood together.
Although parenting isn’t easy, the last 14 months have been so joyous. Despite all the bad things happening in the world, our daughter brings so much light and for that I am grateful.
Kabrita USA BIPOC Parenting Series shares genuine stories written by parents from the BIPOC community. Each story offers a different perspective from their personal parenting experience. To read more stories, please visit our Nourish Blog.