This Mother’s Day will be extra special in my house.
It is hard to put into words how I feel as my wife gets to celebrate her first Mother’s Day. After all, it’s a day about her, not me. She is the one that spends all day with our son, now six months old. She was the one who was pregnant with him and gave birth to him. She put her career on hold for him. She makes sure she is always there for him and gets him whatever he needs. And that is why I can’t wait to celebrate this day with her.
When we first found out we were going to be parents, my wife and I were scared. Scared in the best way possible, but still scared. This would be our first child and there is so much to think about. I had always kn
own my wife was a strong woman, but over the next year and a half I learned just how powerful she was.
No matter how sick she got or how much pain she was in, she still went to work to make sure we had a nest egg saved for when the baby got here. As a teacher, that meant being on her feet and working with students all day. She never wavered, even when the constant doctors’ appointments started making her days go on for what seemed like forever.
Even during the most challenging days, and there were many, I couldn’t help but admire how strong she was. When she was so sick she ended up in the emergency room, she stayed strong. When she learned that our son had a significant chance of being born prematurely, she stayed strong. When we brought our son home and sleep was impossible to come by, she stayed strong. I will never forget when a friend told me “you know, you are doing such a good job at keeping yourself composed and being there for her” when my wife was pregnant. The truth is, she is the strong one. I drew my strength from her.
Seeing my wife as a mother has made me feel even closer to her. Being parents has made us busier than we have ever been, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I love my new family and we wouldn’t be the cohesive unit we are without my wife. I am excited to celebrate this Mother’s Day, and every day, with her.
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