My dear, sweet firstborn. As the days pass by, your status as an only child is slowly coming to an end. Your daddy and I try to explain to you what it means to be a big brother. That we are going to have a new baby in our home to cuddle and love on. That mommy will sometimes be too busy to play because our lives are about to get a little more chaotic. And I know you are too little to understand what any of this means until your baby sister finally arrives and you are able to experience it firsthand.

Our lives are about to be completely changed, but there are some things I want you to know will always remain the same.

You will always be mommy’s little boy.

The one who made me a mother.

The one who taught me what it means to love more than I could ever possibly imagine.

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The one who loves me on my hardest days, the days when I need it the most.

The one who forgives so easily when I lose my temper (way too often).

The one who can put a smile on my face, even when my whole world seems to be crashing down on me.

The one who never ceases to amaze me with how much you learn and grow each day.

The one who can drive me absolutely crazy yet completely melt my heart at the same time.

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The one who tests my patience more times than I can count in a day, yet can also make me forget why I was even mad in the first place.

The one who can make everything better with a kiss on the cheek and a big bear hug.

The one who reminds me to count my blessings every day and to always remember what I’m thankful for.

The one who teaches me more of what life is all about than I can ever teach you.

The one who has given my life a whole new meaning and has made me question how I ever survived before you.

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My dear, sweet firstborn. When the day comes for you to become a big brother, and you feel the world around you is changing and you just don’t know what to do or how to handle it, I want you to always remember.

You will always be mommy’s little boy. The one who made me a mother.

Rachel Zeko

Rachel is a special needs therapist turned stay-at-home-mom to two little ones. She enjoys being outdoors, chasing around her toddler, and writing about the joys of motherhood.