As you embark upon your first year of motherhood, I want to share with you some thoughts—all right, and some advice, I admit it—based on my own journey through those first twelve months, so recently completed. It is incredible to me, after the agonizing slowness of those first days at home, that the rest of the time has gone by so quickly. Alex’s habits, preferences and routines are now an integral part of our household—not the center, but one side of an equilateral triangle whose center is the stuff a family is made of. Yet I do remember what life was like before he came—and what it was like to be brand new to this state of life called “motherhood.” …(Read more)
Note: This letter was originally written for my younger sister on the occasion of the birth of her daughter, Eva, in 2006, shortly after Alex celebrated his first birthday. For the next two years, I altered it for every family birth, and in 2009, my editor at Family Foundations, Christina Capecchi, published it. Now I leave it in its current form for any mother who stumbles across it. God bless you all.