ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden attended a baby shower today for 40 pregnant Marine wives and their guests at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Bearing White House gifts – monogrammed onesies and blankets for each expectant mother – Mrs. Obama related her own struggles as a first-time mother.
“As a new mom, there are just an array of things that run through your head: ‘What's this kid going to be like? Will I get my shape back? Will I ever sleep again? What's a onesie? How does it work?’”
The First Lady said that said that eventually the mom’s will learn that babies are resilient and that the community will help them.
“It’s nice to have a supportive community around you, especially new moms; to have other moms who have been there, because we all get through it. They don't break. I’ve come to know that babies are really resilient. But it always helps to have a community around you.
The event today follows yesterday’s launch of the administration’s national public awareness campaign, spearheaded by Mrs. Obama and Biden, to honor and support the nation’s military families.
Mrs. Obama said that events like a joint baby shower for all the new mom’s – who are without their husbands while they are deployed – shows that they are not really alone. She noted additionally the added stress that an expectant mother has being a military wife.
“What we want to tell the country is, you know, imagine that you’re a new mom and your husband is deployed, and maybe you’re alone because you’re in a new community, and you’re not near your own mom, or your sisters, or that support group. I mean, just imagine all the anxiety that comes with pregnancy — and many of you may be newly married, or new relationships.”
The First Lady said that through their campaign they hope to help make the whole country gather around these mothers – not just when they are expecting – but it the years to come.
“And the children that will be born will be serving, too,” she added, “They’re serving right now this country, because if they’re born healthy and happy, their dads who are deployed are going to be able to focus on their mission and do a better job, because they know their families are safe.”
Martha Stewart, who led moms through a creative scrapbooking demonstration before the First and Second Lady arrived, donated white canvas bags full of creative scrapbooking paraphernalia.
Mrs. Obama said she enjoyed “every minute” of her pregnancy and hopes that these women will too.
Later today Mrs. Obama and Biden will visit the Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio, Texas, and will hold a military families Event at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado with Jessica Simpson.