I wish you knew, how many days I cry, because all I want to do is stay home and be with you.

I wish you knew, how much I don’t want to say “I can’t right now” when you ask me to play, and I am getting ready for work in the morning.

I wish you knew that when I look into your eyes, I see innocence, but sometimes lose my temper if I am in a rush or a bind. I hope you know I don’t mean it. 

I wish you knew, how much it breaks my heart when you cry and call for me when I have to leave you at daycare, and how much I just want to be the one to take care of you all day long.

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I wish you knew, that I am crying as I write this, because I love you more than anything in this world, and when you cry, I cry.

I wish you knew, the reason why I can’t always play with you when you ask.

I wish I could play with you all day. I wish you knew, how much I want to walk back in that door and hug you, when you are crying and calling my name, when I have to leave.

I wish you knew, that the reason I leave each day, is to provide you with everything you could need and want, and more.

I wish you knew, that one day, you will understand…

Stacie Bookhagen

Stacie is an Upstate NY native, a mom to two beautiful girls and wife to an amazing and hard-working husband. She is a banker, a consultant for a US-based skin care company and also holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources and a Cosmetology certification. Stacie loves sharing her experiences about parenthood with others, in hopes to let other moms and dads know - you’re not alone in this! She believes being a mother is the hardest but most rewarding job in the world and has already started teaching her young girls that you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to. In her free time, she loves to travel and try new things!