When does motherhood begin? At birth? Certainly not. Conception perhaps? I think not.
I think motherhood begins at the thought of wanting a child. At the preparation for your body to grow another human, or for your home to welcome a child born by another.
Motherhood is not only sleepless nights and changing diapers, although that is certainly a phase. Motherhood's first phase begins long before that, when space is made in the heart to unconditionally love and support a child through their lifetime, however short or long that may be.
Happy Mother's Day to every woman in every stage of motherhood. The love you give, the work you do, changes the world.