Five year ago today, on a cold and wintery night, Jude was born.
When I held him for the first time, he gazed up at me with his big eyes, so receptive and full of wonder. And something happened. To steal a line from How the Grinch Stole Christmas, "my heart grew three sizes that day". The old lens through which I once viewed the world was kicked to the curb. I now saw the world through the eyes of a mother. It changed everything.
This morning, Jude said, "Mommy, I love you one hundred, million pieces." Last night it was, "Mommy, I love you as long as a boa constrictor." I am mindful to soak up these sentiments now, while he is so eager to tell them to me.
I cannot believe that my baby is 5! It seems like just yesterday I was rocking him to sleep...
Happy Birthday, Jude! We love you with all of our hearts!