This past week, I have spent a lot of time thinking about Mother’s Day. Now that it is upon us, I wanted to take some time to not only reflect on the thoughts that I’ve had, but to also give tribute to the various mothers in my life.
Since the birth of our daughter in the end of December, the first mother that I naturally think of these days is my wife. Some would say that this is her first Mother’s day as an actual mother, but in truth we already knew last year on Mother’s day that my wife was pregnant. In fact, we privately broke the news to our respective parents around Mother’s day.
Our daughter is about 4 ½ months old, and in that short time I’ve been truly in awe of my wife. While we care for our daughter as a team, I sometimes feel that the workload is quite a bit off balance; I’m home all day because I work from home, but because I’m working my wife looks after our daughter most of the time. As any parent will know, babies are not always happy, smiley, and cute. Well ok… maybe they are always still cute. But sometimes they get upset, and they don’t hesitate to let you know about it. Sometimes you can calm them, and sometimes it seems that nothing will pacify them. In other words, sometimes it is downright frustrating and annoying to deal with a baby 24/7.
So wait a minute… Why am I saying all of this? Am I complaining about my daughter? Absolutely not.
I’ve watched my wife love our daughter unconditionally. Despite the regular frustrations and annoyances, there is an abundance of evidence that the love my wife has for our daughter grows each and every day. And when our baby seems to be determined to try our patience, I am the most amazed at how patient and loving my wife is, and I feel that I have a glimpse of just how truly blessed both my daughter and myself are.
Watching my wife become a mother has deepened my love for her, and I feel that our daughter has helped to bring us even closer. Our marriage is stronger as a result of our new responsibility for this helpless little person. Watching my wife step into the role of a mother has already been an amazing experience, and I know she will continue to be an amazing mother and wife.