Dear Baby: A Love Letter from a First Time Mommy-to-Be

Eight months down, one more to go… Just as I can no longer see my feet thanks to my growing belly, I can’t help but revel in all the feels now that I’m down to my last few weeks of pregnancy. It’s been eight months of change, of learning, of growth—and I couldn’t be more grateful for the experience. I’ve been told to savor every moment of this journey for it will never come again, at least not like the first time. So here goes my attempt at putting into words everything I’m feeling and been wanting to say to my dearest baby girl… 

Dear Baby: A Love Letter from a First Time Mommy-to-Be

As I'm sure you've heard us say countless times, your daddy and I love you very much. 
You are the most precious gift we have ever received. From the moment we found out we were expecting, we started to picture you in all of our future plans and everything just made sense. We get so excited over every little thing you do and all the things we have lined up after your arrival. We’ve read parenting books, attended birthing classes, and prepared everything we think you’ll need in your first few months. It may sound like we’re ready, but we somehow find new things to add to the to-do list everyday, just to make sure we give you the welcome you deserve.

 

I pray everyday that you are healthy and born safely. 
But I also want you to know that if you are not born in perfect health or according to my detailed birth plan, it does not mean that I will love you any less. Your daddy and I will step up and we will be with you through every challenge and every triumph. It may not always be easy, but know that to us, you are worth it. We will do everything we can to make sure you have the best life.

 

I sometimes worry about all the things I don't know about being a mother. 
The thought of incorrectly carrying you as a newborn or being unable to produce enough breastmilk for you are just a few of the things that make me anxious. What if I can’t soothe you? What if I’m not the best role model for you? What if we don’t get along when you grow up? There’s a lot of things I don’t know the answer to, but I hope you know I will keep trying to figure it out for you. We’ll both make mistakes along the way, and I choose to believe that they’ll only make our relationship stronger.

 

I will always try to do better, to be better. 
When things don’t work out exactly as planned, I will not give up. I will try again because I want to teach you the value of perseverance. I might compare myself to other mothers more often than I’d like, but I also accept that I will not be the best at everything. I will learn from doing things wrong the first time. I will discover what works best for us. We will adjust until we find our own unique rhythm, together.

 

I promise to work hard so we can explore as much of the world as we want to together. 
I can’t wait to travel the world with you and discover new countries, new cuisines, and new cultures. I want to see you eyes widen with every magnificent historical sight and learn about what amazes you and piques your interest. I want to open your eyes to a bigger world and encourage you to follow your dreams, no matter where they take you. The sky’s the limit when it comes to you, our little love.

 

Our family will always be my number one priority. 
There may be times when my actions speak differently, but know that this will always be true. Nothing is more important to me than our family. I promise to make our home one that is filled with love and laughter, the kind where friends and family feel at home and are always welcome at the table. I hope you will be confident in my love for you, even on days when we disagree. I hope to teach you the value of family and making ours one that you are proud to be a part of.

I’ll see you in less than a month, baby girl. We can’t wait until we can finally hold you in our arms and show you just how loved you are. You can come whenever you’re ready and even cry as much as you like, but if there’s one thing I might ask of you, it’s please don’t grow up too fast. Let’s savor every minute and every milestone of what I’m certain will be the most amazing chapter of my life.

 

Love, Mom

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