If You’ve Ever……

If you’ve ever:

  • gotten a lump in your throat while you heard the heartbeat of your baby
  • unwrapped your newly swaddled baby, completely out of curiosity                  
  • held the feet of an infant to your lips
  • gotten tears on your baby’s head in the middle of the night while feeding him
  • been so tired you handed your spouse a sippy cup instead of his iced tea glass
  • researched the cure for croup on WebMD, at 3 a.m.
  • picked a tiny nose with your pinky finger
  • stumbled over your words, as you explained something so very big to someone so very small
  • wished with all your might for moments forever lost in time
  • paced the halls of your home, praying & mentally willing a fever to break
  • wondered how it was possible for a little person to eat so much
  • wondered how it was possible for a little person to eat so little
  • discussed growth spurts, cradle cap, and the color, consistency and smell of poop, over a nice dinner with your spouse
  • were surprised at how long his little legs were getting as you re-tucked him in, before retiring for the night
  • felt a lovely warming sensation on your belly, and for a moment wondered why. (Oh yes, you are holding your newborn son, who just peed through, again.)
  • laid awake and wondered if you could have done something better
  • heard 18 excuses why she doesn’t want to go to bed
  • baked 32 cupcakes at 10:30 at night (after doing a milk run in your pajamas)
  • filled out a field trip form, only to worry about all the things that could go wrong
  • volunteered for said field trip to put your own mind at ease
  • stayed by the window after allowing her to bike with her neighborhood friends for the first time
  • been mad at someone else’s kid for hurting your kid’s feelings
  • been more excited than ever for snow, just to see their faces
  • made her favorite meal, just because
  • tusseled his hair and pulled him back for a kiss and a hug, even when he tries to squirmed away
  • laid awake at night and willed time to slow down
  • thought you’d never, ever feel love like this – so raw and powerful – leaving you so very vulnerable

Then, you’re doing it right.