Raphael: I watch you play, how you sit next to me touching my arm, telling me all about cars. I look at you and I realize how big and grown up you are. And I just want to hold on to these precious moments forever. Sometimes tears slip out of my eyes and I feel extra emotional about you growing up. I look at you, and I still can’t believe how lucky I am to be your mother.
Motherhood is a wild and crazy ride, and you’ve taught me so many things. While wishing you wouldn’t ever grow up I want you to grow, to keep learning – I want to teach you how to fly. So that when it’s time you are confident to choose whatever way you want to go, knowing that I will always be there for you and support you.
We don’t control time. And still – we try to hold it close. But then we blink and our babies grow up before our wondering eyes.
Looking at you. Seeing you become such a great big brother to our little Noah is the greatest gift on earth. I am so so proud of you!!
Noah: I look at you and I still see my little baby, and then I blink, I see you run, chase your big brother and trying to do all the things he does. You aren’t that little anymore. I look at you and I wonder where the time has gone.
Almost 18 months since you’ve been born and I feel like time with you is flying by even faster. Ever since Raphael started preschool, I have a lot more alone time with you which I treasure so much. You are my little baby and seeing how fast you grow makes me want to slow down the time. You love to dance and run with your brother, you love to play with cars and read books, you love to swim and play with water. Watching you develop and learn so fast is the most incredible thing. I can’t believe how much you understand and how many words you can already say. It’s mind blowing!
I never knew what I was missing before you came into our family. You were the missing piece. Now I know that my family is whole. You made us whole. We can not imagine life without you and I can not put into words how grateful I am to be your mother. I am so proud of you and I can’t wait to see the man you become.
I love you both so much!
Photo by Niki Artinian