This mum’s honest open letter about parenting has gone viral for all of the right reasons. The mum speaks candidly about the many emotions she felt after giving birth to her last child.
It goes from ‘relief to have finally given birth’ she says, to ‘pride and joy in the healthy baby in your arms’, to ‘sorrow at the realisation that you’ll never again experience the primeval miracle of growing a baby inside your body’.
Her letter gets even more emotional from there.
“When he outgrows his sleepers, you’ll no longer save them for the next baby. When he abandons his toys, you’ll give most of them away. You’ll be glad to have some extra space in the closet, but you’ll also have a moment at the grocery store when you realise you have no reason to be standing in front of the new teething toys in Aisle 14 – your last one is done with these. And therefore, so are you,” she wrote.
“And so the journey and process continues, and each bottle or ‘bunny-stamped plate’ you don’t save will make you heart break ‘just a tiny bit’. You may even find yourself whispering “Don’t grow up” to your child, and asking them to “Stay six forever”.
“Of course, one of the most emotional moments will come when you realise that the child who was once glued to your side, often found peeping out from behind your leg, has reached a new stage of independence.”
“What the last one will get from you is plenty of cuddles and hugs and kisses – as many as you can give him before he wriggles out of your arms. At some point, the last one will be the only child in the house who still likes to sit in your lap, and sneak into your bed at night, and play hug-o-war, and have snuggle parties – and you’ll know from experience that soon, this will all end,” she added.
“You’ll feel powerless to stop it, and as your youngest child abandons picture books for ones with chapters and leaves home for his first sleepover and demands that the training wheels be removed from his bicycle, you will be struck hard, repeatedly, by the fact that this most amazing time in your life is slipping away from you, bit by bit, by bit.”
We're sure their are countless others who have been in a similar situation to her, so it's great to see her message making a real impact!