Dear Jackson and Campbell,
As I listen to you “talk” to one another as you go to bed, I can’t help but smile. You may never know just how much I love you.
Your Daddy and I waited a long time for you, and the wait has been more than worth it. You have enriched every part of our lives. You can flip a frown with your sly little smile and ease a difficult moment with a well-timed (although not always appropriate) belly laugh. And you make us proud – oh so proud – every day.
Seeing you explore the world has opened my own eyes. I no longer take for granted the trees, the birds, the sound of traffic, or even the smiles from strangers. You greet all of these with such joy and interest.
Although I don’t always know why you’re crying, I am doing my best to figure it out. You don’t always like to wait when I’m tending to your brother or sister, but please know I love you just as much and appreciate you waiting.
There are times when I think, “I can’t do this.” It happens at bedtime when you won’t go to sleep. It happens during the day when you’re taking turns crying uncontrollably. But every time I take a deep breath, dig deep, and try harder to make you comfortable. I lean on your Daddy for strength, too, as he is a rock.
Being your mother is incredible. At the end of every day, after I put you to bed, I reflect on our day and smile. You truly are the best two things to happen to me, and I can’t imagine my life without you.
On this Mother’s Day I will celebrate all of the moments we’ve had so far, and look with excitement to the ones to come.
I love you with all my heart. And so does Daddy.