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Happy Family Day

April 28, 2011

Three years ago, your nanny dressed you lovingly and placed you in our arms.

She cried so hard that I hugged her and tried my best to reassure her that we would take good care of you and love you for the rest of our lives. I doubt that she understood a word that I said…but she squeezed my hand and blinked at me through her tears and took a deep breath before handing you to me. I will never forget that she held you tightly until the last moment. We were standing at our car and the rest of the families had already gotten inside. I know that she loved you. She had mothered you for the first ten months of your life and now it would be our joy to be your mommy and daddy forever.

I think about your other mother on this day. The one who gave birth to you and wanted to do what was best for you in her eyes. We will likely never know her story, but I think of her often. I send a prayer to the universe that she is at peace. I wish that I could tell her how very much you are loved. I wish that I could tell her that you are sweet, funny, kind, and brave–everything that a son should be.

You have such goodness inside of you. Even though your father and I had no clue what we were doing those first weeks with you…you were brave enough to trust us and love us. I am so proud to be your mommy.

Watching you grow is one of the single greatest pleasures in my life. I love your smiles…your silly sense of humor and the deep abiding closeness that we share. You are my first baby. You are my only son. You are my heart.

Every year on this day I remember holding you…tiny and brave. Thank you for making me a mommy.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Alyssa permalink
    April 28, 2011 5:20 pm

    Tears rolling down my face. Your words are beautiful. Happy family day.

  2. Bonnie permalink
    April 28, 2011 6:28 pm

    Yep, tears in my eyes, too…

  3. Sandra permalink
    April 28, 2011 8:30 pm

    That makes three of us…sitting at my desk with tears streaming down my face. Thank you for sharing the greatness of your Family Day! Happy Early Mother’s Day Jen!

  4. April 29, 2011 12:46 am

    That last pic of you and Morgan is just so full of emotions. Thanks for sharing. Happy Family Day!

  5. April 30, 2011 2:52 am

    Happy Family Day to your beautiful family! Hard to believe it’s been 3 years. That last picture brought tears to my eyes.

  6. Cindy permalink
    May 2, 2011 1:25 pm

    Your posts always are full of emotions. I always enjoy reading them and can always smile or cry with you through your words.

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