Any parent can tell you that life is full of “roots & wings” moments. Our time with our children is so fleeting. While we may have a lifetime to love them, they are really only “ours” for 18 or so years at which point we pray we have given them enough life moments to grow their roots and spread their wings and enter the world on their own to fly.
With the anticipation of my first born son starting school for the first time this fall, and later this winter our second son’s birth, I have spent a lot of time lately reflecting back on my son’s first moments and the firsts I have had as a mother.
These are the blessings we as parents are given. The obvious and the not so obvious moments we cherish and remember for a lifetime.
As a young family, our firsts have only just begun, but already the moments have added up to the most precious gift I have ever been given.
The gift of parenthood.
The first moment I realized I was going to be a mother.
The first time I felt my baby kick inside of me.
The first time I held my son in my arms.
The first time I got peed on.
His first real smile.
His first Halloween.
His first tooth.
The first airplane ride.
His first trip to the beach.
The first time I doubted my ability to parent alone through deployments.
The first time I realized bad days are fixed by an infectious baby laugh.
Our first Christmas.
His first solid food.
The first time to a Cubs game.
His first birthday.
The first steps he took.
The first time I heard him say “Mama”.
The first time he said “I love you”.
The first haircut.
The first time I broke my own parenting rules.
Our first family trip to Disneyland.
The first time we told our son he was going to be a big brother.
And soon, his first day of school.
There have of course been a million other first moments in my son’s life, millions of first moments as a parent, and so many firsts to be had with my second son. Many brought smiles, some brought tears, and others made us laugh out loud. But they all shaped me as a mother and allowed me to embrace life as a parent.
This post has been inspired by the Odd Life of Timothy Green. Disney’s movie to be released August 15th. I was lucky to be one of the first in the world to see this movie back in April, and the as I walked away from this movie I couldn’t help but to be inspired by the message of the movie.
No matter how you become a parent, no matter what kind of parent you are, we are all blessed with the gifts of life’s first moments. We just have to keep our eyes and hearts open to them.
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