The Day Before You Arrived…

Ethan from 0 to 1 year old.

Dear Ethan,

This time a year ago, I was scrubbing the shower, going on long walks, bumpy rides and doing anything I could to get my labor to start. I wanted to meet my baby, you, so very much.

I didn’t know what lay ahead of me. I knew I was about to become a Mum, but I didn’t know what it would mean to be your Mum.

A Mum is someone who cares, who wipes away tears, who protects you, laughs with you and gets up in the middle of the night with you.

But to be your Mum means so much more.

For you see there is no book that explains what it’s like to be Ethan’s Mum, how I would have to learn your different cries, how I would have to learn your little ways, that you would love to hold a piece of my clothing to fall asleep, how my singing would soothe you or how you would cry in every car trip until you could be turned around.

Each day being your Mum fills me with pride, joy, tired eyes and a little dash of chaos.

Tomorrow, you, my little baby will be one! A whole new adventure now lays ahead of us and again I will have another year of learning what it means to be your Mum.

I want to support you, celebrate you and create an environment where you know that just being you is enough. I need nothing more from you than your happiness.

My little love, thank you for giving me the chance to learn how to be your Mum, for loving me when I get it wrong and for trusting me. I will forever keep learning how to be the best Mum for you.

I’m not perfect. But for lucky me you are, and if I keep following your lead I know I’ll win at motherhood.

I can’t wait to celebrate with you tomorrow my little almost 1 year old!

Lots of love,

Mumma xxxx

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