When Isabelle Ames was out to breakfast with her baby girl, things were going as expected: she was trying to wrangle an active 10-month-old while also trying to get at least a sip of her coffee while it was still hot.
When Charlotte got hungry, Isabelle did what many moms do — she breastfed her baby in public. But this natural act has become more difficult for the mother-daughter duo because Charlotte is teething and they've both been sick. Her struggle, along with the fact that many people shame moms for nursing in public, made her waitress's reaction even more surprising to this new mom.
"My server came over and said, 'This pancake is from me, to you. Here is a little note to explain why," Isabelle shared on Instagram. "She then began to tell me how 'Us mommas gotta look out for each other.'"
Understandably, there were instant tears. Isabelle hugged this kind stranger at Snooze, an A.M. Eatery in Arizona for her encouraging words that meant more to her than many people may realize:
For those of you who don't understand why this is meaningful, I will put it into perspective. Breastfeeding is one of the hardest things I have done, next to labor. No one prepares you for it, but everyone expects you to be excellent at it. You feel like a complete failure when it doesn't happen right away.
I haven't slept in days because she is sick. I am beyond exhausted. Yesterday I got so frustrated I screamed fifty curse words into a pillow. That's #momlife some days. But for a complete stranger to see me, and say "thank you." I felt like she was there on my journey the whole time, and she knew how many times I wanted to give up but I didn't.
So often, before I feed Charlotte in public I get a twinge of fear. "Okay, this is the time. Someone is going to harass me. They are going to yell at me. Someone is going to tell me I can't do this here." But not today. Today I got love, respect, and a free pancake.