A (very sappy) Mothers Day note

Sunday, May 8, 2011

My sweet baby Ari,

You are now 6 months and 1 week old and I am celebrating my first Mother's Day.  The last six months have been so much more astonishing than I ever expected.  When I was told that I would love you more than I ever knew possible, I did not understand what that meant.  Now, it makes perfect sense.  So today, rather than celebrating with a card or flowers or a gift (okay, if Dad gives me something, I will proudly accept it), all I want is to thank you for giving me the opportunity to be your mom and explain to you how truly amazing it feels to be your mother. 

Every morning when I walk into your room and peer into your crib, you look up and smile and I melt.  My heart skips a beat every time I see your smiling face.  You are my child!  I still cannot fully grasp the idea that Dad and I created you, that you grew inside me, and that I birthed you.  What I can grasp is an overwhelming feeling of connection to you and immense adoration for you. 

I love every second that I am with you, I am sad when I leave you, and I think about you constantly when you are not near me.  I could watch you sleep for hours (and I do).  I cry when I hear you cry.  And I cry when I think about anything bad happening to you.  And I cry when I hold you tight and think about how much I love and care for you.   And I cry thinking about my previous life without you. 

You have changed me for the better.  I am a warmer, kinder, more sensitive person since becoming your mom.  I have reprioritized my life and have you listed at the top.  I know now what is most important to me and that is and always will be family.

I will strive to be ethical and respectful and maintain a sense of integrity with strong values to impart to you.  I will do whatever I can to make the world a better place for you.  And I will make any sacrifice to provide for you and ensure you are always happy and healthy.

I feel so lucky to have you, to hold you, to kiss you, and to play with you.  I want time to stop so I can savor this amazing period of time.  And at the same time, I'm excited to watch you grow and develop, to help you learn and achieve, to celebrate your accomplishments, and to support and guide you through your challenges.

You, my incredible son, are the best gift I have ever received.  Today I honor you. 

Happy Mother's Day to me.


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