A Letter to My Baby

How I Grew As a Mom

Today is your first birthday! Your dad and I are amazed by how much you have grown and learned in the last 365 days. We are also just as much amazed by the fact that we survived…..as parents and as partners.

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The sleepless nights, the evenings bouncing you as you screamed, and the countless hours spent nursing you helped us grow and learn almost as much as you did.

It wasn’t all bad, though. I don’t want you to think that there was nothing enjoyable about the last year. You have this infectious smile and laugh. It never failed; one smile from you would make me completely forget the fact that I was running on two hours of sleep and you hadn’t stopped nursing in four hours!!

You have taught me so much in the last 365 days.

You made me slow down.

Because of you, I was forced to slow down and enjoy the snuggles. I had to stop and take deep breaths and enjoy the quiet when I was given it.

You forced mommy and daddy to communicate better.

I’m not saying that mommy and daddy didn’t communicate well already. Something about pacing the floors for hours bouncing a screaming baby really brings two people together. We were forced to work together…trading you off back and forth until you finally passed out from exhaustion. Then, mommy and daddy would pass out from exhaustion.

You taught me to ask for help.

Adding a second baby was way harder than I thought it would be. The supermom mask that I liked to hide behind fell off. I had to admit that I needed help and rely on my tribe for help. That might seem like a bad thing….but it’s not. Learning to ask for help is a wonderful thing!!

You helped me to start focusing on self-care.

I have never prioritized self-care before. Now, hot showers, monthly book club, and quiet time in coffee shops are an important part of my weekly schedule. It recharges me, sharpens my brain, and saves my sanity.

Happy birthday my beautiful baby boy! Today we celebrate you. Thank you for all you have given me and taught me.

Now, if only you would let me get some more sleep…….

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