I already knew that you would fall asleep with the adventures of one thousand stories floating around in your mind.
I already knew that I would let you, encourage you, make you get dirty.
I already knew that you would be kind-hearted and brave, that’s why I chose your Dad.
I already knew that you would both have brown hair and brown eyes. It startles me sometimes when I look at you, how wrong I was.
I already knew how powerful a mother’s love was, my own made sure I felt it.
I have learned that the most important gift I am giving you is how to do things for yourself.
I have learned that things get accomplished easier with giggles than struggles.
I have learned that, in a lot of the ways that are important, you are smarter than me.
I have learned how to be This Mama in This Family. Our differences are oceans and that’s how it should be.
I have learned to look you in the eye, because you are always trying to look into mine.
I have learned that sometimes you feel afraid of the thunder but sometimes you are outside dancing in it and that really has nothing to do with me.
I can’t imagine what it will be like to wrap my arms around you when you are as tall as a giant.
I can’t imagine how my heart will feel on that day that yours gets broken.
I can’t imagine the moment when we drive away from you.
I can’t imagine watching you hold your first child when you finally realize the amount of love that is possible.
I have a lot to learn about being a parent. Thankfully my kids are usually up to the task of teaching me all those things I don’t know.
I am so excited to be featured on Mamalode tonight for their September topic of Lessons.
This post originally appeared on Mamalode.