Many mums say there’s a moment when it hits them that they’ll never have children again.
No matter how clear it seems that their family is complete, the emotions brought on by the final realisation that their last child has been born are unexpected and often overwhelming.
On Wednesday, one mum’s experience was shared on Love What Matters, a Facebook page dedicated to heartfelt stories about real people. In just a few hours, thousands of people had liked and shared the post, and hundreds had commented. Undoubtedly, this mum’s intriguing description of the complex blend of feelings that come with watching your youngest child grow up struck a chord with parents all over the world.
The original post, titled ‘The Last One,’ was written by Lindsay Ferrier in 2014 for her blog Suburban Turmoil.
“On the day that your last child is born, you’ll find yourself filled with a jumble of emotions,” she began.
"You’ll feel relief to have finally given birth, pride and joy in the healthy baby in your arms– and sorrow at the realisation that you’ll never again experience the primeval miracle of growing a baby inside your body."
Ferrier then explains the "strange brew of feelings" that engulf a mum when "every single one of your youngest child's firsts will also be your lasts".
When your last one is done with toys, nappies and bottles - so are you.
You also parent your last child in a vastly different way. "You won’t do a lot of the things with the last one that you did with your firstborn," Ferrier writes, "because you’ve been through it all before and frankly, most of it was completely unnecessary".