The Best Gift you can give Your Baby at his Birth
When my son was born 10 years ago, somebody mentioned to me that I should write down everything about his birth so that I would always remember. At first, I thought that was ridiculous – I would ALWAYS remember every detail of his birth. He was my firstborn and the experience so powerful and all-consuming that I was sure I would never forget a single detail. So, when he was about three months old, he was sleeping better and I started to have some time on my hands. Also, the exact details of his birth only 3 months ago were not as crisp and I started to think perhaps my memories would fade after all. I decided to form my memories of his birth into a letter to him. I titled the letter “The Happiest Day of my Life”. (Later, after my daughter was born, I went back and revised the title to “The Happiest Day of My Life – Part 1″!
I wrote down everything about the days leading up to his birth. I wrote down who was there, who I called, how I felt. I wrote down how his father was so excited, how the soon-to-be grandparents were already on their way. I wrote down how his father’s face was glistening with joy at the first sight of him. I wrote down how we called his name when the nurse took him to clean him up and I swear he was searching for our voices. I wrote down how that singular moment that he entered the world changed our life forever and that I had never in my life imagined I was capable of such intense love for another.
I wrote it all down – then I folded up the letter and put it away in one of his special baby boxes. I left it there for 7 years.
On my son’s 7th birthday, we went through his baby box and found the letter. I read it out loud to him. He silently listened with a curious expression on his face. I tell him I love him every day, but somehow, this letter was proof that he was loved from the very start. I will never forget that hug he gave me when I had finished.
Now, each year on his birthday, I get out the letter of his birth and read it to him. It is a treasured memory we look forward to every year. When his sister was born 2 years later, I wrote a letter for her, too, and we read her letter on her birthday.
This year, my son turned 10 and it was a hard time for me. Me? The mom of a kid in double digits? Where did all the time go?
This year, when my son asked for his birthday letter, I surprised him. I had written a new letter titled “My Son – Highlights for the First 10 Years”. In this letter I told him how much I enjoyed knowing him, the special person he has become. I outlined the qualities that make him unique. I included some hysterical times and things he’s done. I reminded him his heart is full of love and how much I appreciate what a great big brother he has always been. I also pointed out some ‘quirks’ of his that I could do without that had him on the floor in a fit of laughter.
This letter will go in his box next to his birth letter.
If you give one gift to your baby and yourself, write that letter to your baby. Years later, it will be priceless. Keep it in a special place. Here are a couple great boxes for your child’s birth letter:
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