Sunday, May 08, 2011

Because I am Your Mom

Abigail, because I am your mom...
...I bring ranch dressing in my purse when we go out to eat at restaurants that don't have it!
...I gave up listening to the radio in the car in favor of books on cd or The Laurie Berkner Band.
...I get to witness firsthand what an amazing big sister a little girl can be.
...I get to hear all the preschool "gossip" on the way home from picking you up.
...I am able to see that compassion and empathy start at a young age.
...I am constantly on the receiving end of beautiful pictures, paintings and flowers picked from our yard!
...I see glimpses of my 5 year old self in you, and I am often reminded of things I did or said as a child when I watch you.

Olivia, because I am your mom...
...I know that you are cranky after you sleep, both in the morning and after your nap, but it's nothing a little snuggling or a joke can't fix.
...I have come to realize that a persons sense of humor is something they are born with, and yours seems much too complex for a 2 year old!
...I get to see a special bond between two sisters and that little sisters will always look up to their big sisters.
...I have to remind myself that you are only 2, and often when your behavior is not what I
would like, that it is actually very on par for a 2 year old!
...I am constantly on the search for anything orange, its your favorite color and you remind us of that constantly.
...I get to see an amazing imagination at work on a daily basis.
...I know the words to the UW Badgers fight song, because you insist on signing it every night.
...I know that with stubbornness and strong-will there comes confidence and a love for life that are hard to match.

William, because I am your mom...
...I get to be a Mommy of a little boy.
...I have learned to change diapers a little more quickly than I did with your sisters!
...I realized that my heart was capable of loving another child just as much as my first two.
...I get to see you smile with your eyes and laugh with your belly.
...I get to linger with you sleeping in my arms just a little bit longer.
...I someday get to be a mother-in-law.

Abigail, Olivia, and William, because I am your mom, I am the LUCKIEST woman in the world!!!
I love you three more than I could ever express in words.  Being your Mommy is the best gift a woman could ask for.



Susan said...

Dearest Cheyna, I look forward to this post every year. I am of course crying grateful tears. You are such a wonderful mother and I am so blessed to have you as a daughter. With Love, Susan

Sam said...

I've loved being able to share this journey of motherhood with you and I love your lists!! Miss you all dearly!!

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