I’m glad you were born
May 11, 2011 5:09 am
To my princess,
I’m glad you were born. I’ll admit “glad” was not the word that came to my mind the day I sat staring at those two lines as the sounds of three little boys under 18 months of age bombarded me through the bathroom door. Terrified, shocked, worn, nervous… all of these things, but not exactly glad, at least not in those early minutes. Those same emotions flooded me again the day we saw you on the ultrasound and heard you were a girl. I recall thinking, “But I KNOW how to raise boys! I’m not ready for this new challenge!”
Princess, you’ve taught me how to be a girl. Since you’ve come along, I’ve worn more skirts, dresses and heels than ever before in my life. It seems like nearly half my closet is now pink and purple, rather than the old blue and black. You’ve forced me to control my mouth, so that those inner lies about my true beauty and worth don’t escape my lips to find your precious little ears. Your mere presence and the thought that my words and behaviors will shape the woman you will become have motivated me to improve myself. I’m so much more aware of the things that go in and on my body now that you’ve joined our family. I pray that I’m a good example to you of a healthy, strong, intelligent woman.
I love the way you encourage me to fully embrace womanhood. I look forward to Saturday afternoons when you grab the nail polish and sweetly ask, “Is it time to paint ours nails?” Then you make me choose the color, to ensure that our nails will match. Princess, I love our girl time.
For years I thought I could be content being a mom to only boys. You rocked our world in such a dramatic way; leading to new jobs, new city and a new home. It’s so difficult to imagine what our life would be if not for you. I’m sure I would have been content without you, Princess, but I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without you to inspire me. I’m truly glad you were born and I love being your mom.
Love, Mom (Heather)