8.17.2009

to my son

To my son,

We are 3 weeks away from your due date, and I can’t wait to meet you face to face. In some ways, I feel like I know you, since we have spent every second together for the past 9 months; and yet, I feel like I have so much to learn about you.

I know that you are a VERY active little guy – you are always bouncing around, busy doing flips and kicks and punches. You like loud music in the car (or you are kicking and screaming in there for me to turn it down… not quite sure, but I’m going with the “you like it” theory). You sleep well when we are taking walks, and you have a tendency to wake up between 3 and 4am. Your father’s voice and touch calms you – when he places his hand on my belly, you are calm and quiet.

I wonder what you look like and what you sound like. I wonder about your personality and your expressions. Soon enough, we will meet face to face, and begin this wonderful journey together – you on the journey of life, me on the journey of motherhood.

I have been thinking about all the things I want to share with you, show you, and teach you… the smell of the ocean, the beauty of a sunset, the excitement of the first day of school, making friends, celebrating successes and coping with failures. Then I realized… all the things I want to pass on to you are memories that I have collected in MY life, not necessarily things that I can tell you about and you will understand. Instead, I am looking forward to watching you and guiding you as you collect your own personal experiences that will shape your life… as a bouncing baby, a curious toddler, a growing kid, a tenacious teen, and ultimately, a magnificent man. We have quite an adventure ahead of us…

Love,
Mom

5 comments:

- Joanne said...

You brought tears to my eyes! That is so sweet. It is truly amazing how many things you do look forward to, but don't truly realize how special all of them are (especially the tiny, stupid things other parents would brag about that you would wonder why are you telling me) until it is your child doing them. The days of amazement, wonder, frustration to the point of tears and laughter, and sheer joy of all that your little one will bring you. It is all worth it!!!

Suzanne said...

What a sweet letter! I must admit the "letter from Mom" section is blank in all of the babies' books. I couldn't come up with anything to say that wasn't too cheesy. I can't wait to meet your bouncing baby, too!

Alisa Hamilton said...

You need to put a warning label on that. I was tearing up in my cube. Good thing I have tissues handy.

cathyjoe said...

Oh boy, I just got chills. How exciting! I can't wait to meet the little dude! I wrote a similar letter to the boys (unfortunately they have to share, I couldn't think of unique things to say for each of them), although I don't know if it was quite so eloquent. Can't wait for the news!

Dad in FL said...

Wow, Nikki...