I never knew my capacity to love until I met you. I never realised how completely consumed I could become by another person. As soon as you were born my heart missed a beat and you became an intrinsic part of me. You are in my every breath and in my every heartbeat. How joyful my life is with you in it, and for that I thank you.
I didn’t always find motherhood easy. When you were born, my life dramatically changed and it took some time to mentally adjust. I struggled with the loss of freedom, spontaneity and sleep. I worried about your every move and became anxious. But with time my confidence grew and I learned to trust my own instincts. I stopped trying to achieve perfection and embraced all the highs and lows of new motherhood, safe in the knowledge that you’d love me unconditionally, that the hard times wouldn’t last forever and that I’d always do my best to make you feel loved and safe.
I soon realised there was no “one way” to parent, and that my way was valid and good. I felt empowered and fulfilled. Having you in my life has tested me in so many different ways and forced me to become a better, kinder, more patient and giving person. I am not infallible and do make mistakes. For that I am sorry and I hope you will forgive me. But know one thing, my love for you is all encompassing and resolute. My passion for you is all consuming. My prayers for you are enduring.
There is no greater love than a mother’s love and no more exquisite an experience than holding your first born in your arms. You are no longer my only child but you will always be my first. You are the first that stole my heart, the first that made me cry and the first that made me beam with pride and joy. Happy birthday my darling girl.
28 thoughts on “A Note to my Firstborn on her 7th Birthday”
This brought a tear to my eye! Beautifully heartfelt and you’re right, everyone has their own way and I think your way from what I see from a far is pretty wonderful! Xx
Thank you Laila. x
How beautiful! And the blog too, of course.
Thanks Nora. Glad you enjoyed reading it:)
Brought a tear to my eye. Beautiful. 😘
I’m so pleased it resonated with you. Thank you:)
Heart warming ❤️
Thank you Nadia. Glad you liked it:)
Wow, beautifully said. What a lovely thing for her to read in future, too. Made me want to go hug my sleeping babies, and I’m not easily moved to visit them when they’re finally asleep!
Lol Heidi! I know that feeling! Glad you liked it:)
Very powerful writing
Thank you 🙂
Lovely shazia, truly amazing. Xxx Amy. X
Thank you Amy. Really glad you liked it:)
Spot on… beautifully written xxx
Thank you, Aysha:)
Beautiful and touching.. Xx
Beautifully written! Xx
Thank you Sabohi:)
Thank you Nisha. Glad you liked it:)
very moving.. J will love this..
Thank you Umbie. Hope so.
Oh my, I just welled up! So beautifully expressed. AND she will have no idea until she iA has her own!
Thanks so much Aiysha. I’m glad you liked it:)
Really touching and beautiful x
Thank you Shahida. X
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