The day that I became a mother was incredibly painful and exhilarating and exhausting and beautiful. It was an overwhelming experience that I hope I never forget. The moment I held baby Cohen in my arms I was completely speechless at the remarkable feelings that came over me. Feelings I didn’t know could be felt enveloped me. I stared down at the babe in my arms and couldn’t believe he was finally here. I remember looking at him as he was being taken care of after birth and feeling an exhilaration that the long nine months of waiting were finally over. As I caught glimpses of him, a small wave of panic washed over me and I couldn’t help but wonder what came next. What would this little guy be like? Would I be a good mother to him? Would I be able to raise and nurture him the way he needed? When we were left alone, I held Cohen in my arms, gazing down into his sweet little face. Suddenly a feeling came over me, so powerful that I began to cry. I cried and cried, so overwhelmed by a feeling of love and joy so intense that I knew in that moment I would do anything for this little babe. I loved him so deeply; he was a part of me that I would cherish forever. That moment is one I hope to never forget. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much love in my entire life; I was so sure my heart would burst. At times it still seems surreal that this little person who looks at me, quietly watching me every day, in that curious way that only he can, is mine forever. Getting to be Cohen’s mom is the brightest light in my life. This life with him is sweet and full. I am so grateful every day that I was given the gift of raising such a happy little spirit. Motherhood is one of the greatest privileges of my life and I am so lucky to share that with so many beautiful women. This year will be my very first Mother’s Day and I am so happy that I’ll be able to experience it with the two most important people in my life. AJ and Cohen are the two most important people in my life. I’m so grateful that I was the lucky one chosen to bring this beautiful baby boy, in all of his sweet and happy innocence, to earth, and be able to raise him with such a strong, kind man as his father. Happy Mother’s Day to mothers and future mothers everywhere, especially to my own beautiful mom who has been a wonderful example of love and strength to me in my own life. Also, a Happy Mother’s Day to my mother-in-law who raised the kindest, gentlest man, who will be a shining example to this little boy I hold so dearly to my heart; you have given me the greatest gift of all, my own little family.
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