I wrote this on Wednesday for the sister of a friend, who just had her first baby. Welcome to the world Bonnie Grace!
Today’s the day you become a mum. Today’s the day you stop and see and stand amazed. Bone of your bone. Flesh of your flesh. Raw, perfect beauty all bound up in tiny fingers and
toes, and a squashed little face. Today’s the day you meet your baby.
Today’s the day the world changes. Everything looks new and different. Everything feels different. The sun is brighter, and the air a little clearer. This person, this wonderful soul that you have birthed, has arrived, and nothing will ever be the same again. Lives will be changed; destinies rewritten with the power of this one tiny person’s presence. Today’s the day it starts.
Today’s the day your heart explodes. Wonder and joy that you never knew possible consume you in a way words cannot describe. Love that you thought you understood, pales in comparison to this moment when you realise what it actually means to willingly give your life for someone. A person, a baby, so small, and so seemingly inconsequential now holds your heart in the grip of it’s tiny palm. When she hurts you hurt. When she cries, you cry. When she bleeds, your heart breaks. Today’s the day you learn to love.
Today’s the day that priorities shift. What was important before, becomes moot now. What mattered yesterday has little relevance in the light of today’s new dawn. Goals and dreams are reborn, new plans are made. Today’s the first day of a new part of your life.
Today’s the day that time stands still. In a bubble of bliss and learning new skills you dwell, while the world goes on around you. It seems incomparable; your world has changed and yet the world goes on, not realising how now it is such a better place. Today’s the first day you’ll never understand why no one gets just how wonderful she is.
Today’s the day you become a mama bear. The day you realise you’ll fight if you need to, and stand up when it’s necessary. The day you realise you have something that needs protecting at all cost. The day that straightens your shoulders, and strengthens your resolve. Today’s the day when you decide what matters.
Today’s the day the heaven’s pause. The angels stand quiet in reverent adoration. And God breathes his breath into your babe, and whispers to her heart. ‘It is good. It is very good.’ Today’s the day heaven’s dream becomes your reality.
Today is the day… The first of many when you will gaze into absolute perfection and feel overwhelming love. Hold on to this day. Hold on to this moment and remember it when the times get hard. In sleepless nights, and multiple doctor’s visits. In tantrums and tears, and the refusal to eat vegetables. When friends bring bad habits, and boys knock on the door. When stares at the supermarket threaten to bring you to tears. Hold on to this; she is yours, she is perfect, and when God makes things, he doesn’t make mistakes.
Today is the day you become a mum. Congratulations. Enjoy the ride.