This is my very first Mother’s Day. Actually, it’s our first Mother’s Day. Before you, I would have seized any chance to celebrate me — I loved birthdays, I never minded being the center of attention. But I can’t take all the credit this time. I wouldn’t have this holiday without you, for it’s you who made me a mom. Mother’s Day isn’t about me. It’s about you and me. Us.⠀
The day you came into this world, the moment we met, it was all about you and me, too. Sure, Daddy was there, but it was my arms — prickly and warm from the rush of adrenaline — that held you first. It was my bare chest that you needed to rest upon. It was my heart beating that helped regulate yours. Your first few weeks, others got to hold you. But it was my body that sustained you. It was my milk that kept you growing, ounce by ounce. Pound by pound. It was still about you and me.⠀
Soon, you won’t need me to carry you. You’ll start to crawl, then walk, then run. When I’ll try to hold you tight, you’ll wriggle free, eager to explore the world. Soon, you won’t need me to change your diapers. You won’t need me to dress you. You’ll want to pick out your own clothes. You won’t need me to feed you. I haven’t yet begun to mash up tiny slices of apple into bite-size pieces, but soon even those tasks will pass us by. You won’t need me to read to you. You’ll be able to sound out the words, and soon comprehend them, on your own. Eventually, you won’t need me to listen to your stories, answer your questions, solve your problems. Of course you’ll still want me to, I hope, and I’ll oblige, but we’ll both know you can do it on your own.⠀
In no time, your life will be filled with family, friends, classmates, teachers, and confidantes. So this Mother’s Day, our first Mother’s Day, I’m not going to sleep in, however much I could use the rest. I’m not going to take Daddy up on his offer of a spa day, however much I could use the break. I’m going to be right here, holding you tight. Just you and me.⠀
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✏️Words By: Kate Schweitzer (POP SUGAR)⠀
📸 Image By: @milkandhannah
Originally posted 2021-03-03 12:12:23.