Dear Precious One,
The first time I met you, you had the beautiful glow of a woman, pregnant with child. Perhaps you adored begin pregnant, or maybe it was simply a means to an end, either way, you glowed. As you rubbed your belly, sitting across from me, we chatting about the kind of birth you envisioned, and I noticed a wistful look in your eye. You knew you were embarking on a journey from which you would never return the same. You had hope because of all the women who had traveled this path before you, and yet, there was trepidation and apprehension for what this path would require from you. Words were not possible to describe the place you stood, yet you stood on the threshold of becoming a mother with grace, honesty, and most importantly, courage.
Shortly after our first meeting, we began to walk together on your path, which was my path too, in that moment. You taught me innumerable things along the way, which I will forever be grateful. I learned how you wait with patience for the moment to begin. I learned how you laugh easily at the craziness that is 40+weeks pregnant. I learned how you looked fear in the eye, until it no longer held any power over you. I learned how you diligently prepared your body for birth. I learned how you read every thing you could possibly read, and then let it all go in order allow your birth to unfold as it was meant to. I learned how you opened yourself up to the mystery of birth, even if it was not what you hoped it would be. You, my dear, taught me about moxi and bravery, tenacity and resilience.
The day you crossed the threshold and were initiated into motherhood, I humbly stood in awe at your side. Thank you for allowing me the honor of being one of the first people in your world, to see your child. Your grit that day is something I will never forget. I will never forget the look on your face when you thought you couldn't go on... and then you did. I will never forget the look in your eye as you surprised even yourself with a determination you didn't know you had. I will cherish forever in my heart the moment I saw you fall in love with your baby. I am deeply grateful to bear witness to your transformation and "birth" as a mother.
When I look back on your birth, I am blessed to have witnessed the power of the Lord, the strength of His hand, and the covering of His mercy. Thank you for being so real with me. You are an amazing woman, a beautiful mother, and I am blessed to know you.
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