Today, my oldest child turns ten years old. While this milestone is a big deal for kids, I feel like it’s an even bigger milestone for their mothers. Of course, it marks your child’s tenth year on this planet, but when it’s your first child, it also marks the tenth anniversary of you becoming a Mom. Perhaps I’ll get myself a tenth anniversary present…..
Anyway…. ten years. TEN YEARS! A decade of taking care of this human life that you helped create and nurture, and you’ve survived! It hasn’t been easy, but you’ve survived.
The memories I have of this day one decade ago are so vivid, they may as well have happened yesterday. Of course, every year on my children’s birthdays I remember everything about the actual day they were born. But this year the memories are clearer than ever. Not only for the birth, but for the days leading up to it as well.
Since he was my first child, the anticipation was terrifying. How would I know when it was time to go to the hospital? What if we didn’t get there in time? What happens if I go in to labor in the middle of the night (which I did, by the way)? As it turns out, there’s something to that whole “you’ll just know” thing that people always say.
The hospital room, the doctors, the nurses, the epidural wearing off, the pain, and everything in between is permanently etched in my mind. Then, that moment when they handed me this beautiful screaming bundle of slimy joy, and my life was never the same.
Turns out, there’s something to that “it goes by so fast” thing that people say, also. Ten years has gone by in a blink of an eye. Ten years of watching him grow, and teaching him the best way I know how, and screaming at him (much like he screamed the first three months of his life), and loving him, and laughing with him. That little beautiful, slimy baby they handed me a decade ago has grown into a big, beautiful, and still sometimes slimy, boy.
If the past ten years has been any indication, I have an inkling that the next ten will go by even faster. And while my little boy is no longer little, I’m so excited to see what the future holds. I just hope it doesn’t get here too soon.