Area moms-to-be celebrate Mother's Day

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Mother's Day is no less important for expecting mothers, even if it's a first or second pregnancy.

Reed City resident Libby Lee is preparing to welcome her first child into the world on June 27 with her husband, Dan.

"We're very excited," she said. "We've been spending a lot of time getting ready."

For this first-time mom who is expecting a son, Mother's Day has become meaningful for reasons besides honoring her own friends and family members who embrace the title.

"I do feel that even though he's not physically here yet, it'll be fun to celebrate my first Mother's Day," Libby said. "It has a new feeling and I'm looking forward to being a mom with my sister and own mother."

Always knowing she wanted to have children of her own, Libby said she is looking forward to seeing her son grow and teaching him about the hobbies she and her husband share.

"I'm going to try and enjoy every minute of this journey," she added.

Although already a mother to one son, Evart resident Serena Lee is expecting her second on this year's Mother's Day and is just as excited this year for the holiday.

"There's actually less stress this time around," Serena said. "This pregnancy has been less stressful, so that makes it more exciting because I'm not worrying as much."

Mother's Day is more than flowers and jewelry. To Serena, it's about spending time or doing something meaningful with and for the mothers in her life.

"For me, Mother's Day is really exciting because I'm celebrating it with my child, but also with my mother," she said. "This year I'm having my mom and my grandma and a couple of other family members come over for Mother's Day. It's not just about me, but it's about sharing with the other mothers in my life and having my son there to share it too. Being a mom makes Mother's Day more exciting, but it makes it more fun because it's not just about me. It's to share that experience.

"I look at Mother's Day differently because it's not just about me doing something nice for my mother that day. My husband lets me plan what I want to do, too. That makes it fun."

Serena loves all aspects of being a mother, from teaching her son about activities she enjoys, such as reading, to having him help her in the kitchen before dinner time. Being a mother is about passing traits and hobbies down to the next generation and knowing she is a part of that transition. In addition, it's about teaching her children everything she can to get them as far in life as possible, she added.

"I think next year on Mother's Day when I have a little boy that will likely be crawling and a toddler, it will be so much more enjoyable because I will have more to enjoy," Serena said. "They're fun during the newborn stage, but when they get active it gets more fun. You see their personality and you see how they react to things. It's great to watch everything through their eyes."