Carolijn Braeken writes about her personal life. 'Motherhood - a memoir of our first year' gives an insight in her first year as a mother. Those overwhelming fears, natural instincts, the search for a new identity as a parent, the immeasurable feelings of pure happiness.
Above all this book is an ode to motherhood, during all the highest highs and lowest lows, while slowly coming to accept and appreciate all of it.
"...because i want to remember it all, feel it, relive it. our first year, the raw and pure memories. the tears of tiredness, the despair, the insecurity. the warm flood running through my veins when i feel her tiny chubby body fall asleep in my arms. that sweet, redeeming calm after a stormy period. his hand on my back while my aching body feeds her once again in the darkest of nights. her chatter, the tiny fingers fiercely holding on to mine, the sweet scent of her hair. her innocence, fearlessness, her wondering eyes. the process of getting to know her, the recognition, a small human slowly changing into her own person."