My Baby Boy

Dear My Baby Boy,

I can’t wait to meet you, but take your time.  I may be in a rush to see your face, hold you and count your toes; but I don’t want you in a rush to come any time soon.  You still have awhile to grow and develop, so take your time.  

I haven’t even met you yet, but you are my greatest accomplishment.

a letter to my baby boy

It’s no lie that pregnancy hasn’t been my thing.  I was sick, very sick for a long time.  I might be tired a lot and I may not always do the ‘perfect’ thing, but please make no mistake – you are the best thing that will ever happen to me.  You are worth every uncomfortable adventure I’ve faced these past few months.  

Your dad and I can’t wait to show you the world.  To teach you and to learn from you.  You may not realize what all you will teach us over the next period of our lives.  We may not do everything right or by the book, but you have to realize that we are learning and doing the best we can.

We promise to protect you, but give you wings to fly.  We will support you, but also keep you grounded.  You will be the apple of our eye, but you will not come between the love we have for one another.  Your dad and I are best friends, we chose each other out of everyone else in this world and we have promised to love one another and support one another for the rest of our lives – and we plan on doing this.  But please understand – we would do anything for you.  We would go without so you can have plenty.  

As your parents it’s our job to make sure you know just how special you are, but also how hard you have to work to get anywhere.  We plan on showing you the ropes, but allowing you to learn and make mistakes along the way.  We will guide you through the hard times, but we’ll give you the space you need to learn right from wrong.  

We know, because we’ve been there, that you can do anything you set your mind to.  We want you to feel accomplished in your life – not by the amount of money you make, but the happiness you feel in your heart.  

We will cherish every moment we can with you and promise that you’ll be our little boy for the rest of our days – even though you will hate being our baby at some point in the future.  When that day comes, we will respect the man you’re becoming but just know that it will be hard to not see you as our baby.  The one we prayed for, stayed up late holding, and answered thousands of ‘why’ questions for.  

I know you’re still inside me, growing and kicking (a lot), but I can’t wait for our life as a family of three (with three dogs, of course!) to begin.  Take your time, just because I’m anxious to meet you doesn’t mean you’re ready to come into this world just yet.  I will be patient.  I have a feeling you will be testing my patience a lot for the next portion of my life.  I’m okay with that.  I just want to be the mom that I know you deserve.  

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