Friday, 23 December 2011

You were born just after midnight

Dear Deaglan,

One morning, a few weeks ago, as you were heading downstairs with your Dad and Brother so I could get ready for work, you turned back toward the bed where I sat, looked at me.

“Kiss?” you asked tilting your head. And then you blew me one.

“Can I have a real one?” I asked, closing my fingers around the imaginary. You ran to me, hugged my neck and kissed me. I was smart enough to see my life as it really was in that moment. Even though I'd been up through the night with Naveen, even though I was dead tired and dreading the day ahead.

I saw real for one moment.

I saw that I was truly loved,
and I felt complete.
I saw that I was needed,
and I felt purpose.
I saw that we were raising you right,
and I felt accomplished.
And I thought about how you, one little person, only here four years, could define me this way.

I remember when you were born; the doctor announced that I had given birth to a toddler. “Welcome Magnus,” she joked. You were a big boy, refusing to come out even ten days past your due. And when they brought you to me, I was incredulous.

“This is you?” I asked. “You are the one?” And you let out a cry, as if to respond. “Yes, mama, this is me. I’m the one you’ve been waiting for.”

It was the day that changed everything, the day I no longer felt the loneliness that had plagued my orphan-self. You smoothed dull the pain of having lost so much so young.

And I reacted as a lioness might, growling when anyone came near you. I was possessive because I couldn’t figure out how it had happened. How someone so breathtaking could belong to me. My life had never promised such gifts. I’d wandered around empty and resigned myself to this fate. But you were glorious and perfect, things I’d never equated with myself.

You heralded the re-birth of me.

And so on this day can we celebrate you and me? You for bringing me joy and hope, for allowing me to re-live childish wonder, for teaching me who I really am, for letting me watch you unfold. For being proof that God does beautiful work.

And me, for embracing motherhood in all its splendor, for wanting more for you than I ever had, for realizing my love for you is never-ending, for striving to be my best self. For knowing how blessed I really am.

Happy birthday then. 

To you and me, my big boy.

Love Mom.

You and me over the years .


  1. A very happy birthday to Deaglan! There's nothing quite like that love, is there?

  2. "You heralded the re-birth of me. "

    Oh yes Kim-that is it exactly! Our salvation-the proof that no matter what happened before in our lives, none of it mattered the moment we became mothers. I still can't believe that I deserve Amy sometimes, but I am glad that I did. Merry Christmas, my friend:) xx

  3. Oh happy birthday to him. I love this post. So sweet.

  4. This post brought tears to my eyes. You look so beautiful. Happy Birthday Deaglan! Isn't it amazing what new women we become when we have a child? Not only are these babies growing and looking at a new world, but we are too.

  5. Happy birthday to your little big guy. You always know the right words to capture the feeling of the moment. Enjoy your day with him and this wonderful season.

    I loved the photos throughout the years, too.

  6. Happy Birthday to your sweet boy! And Merry Christmas!

  7. oh wow, one of my favorite posts! I love this. You touched my heart..made my eyes water...

    WENDY (nursewendys)

  8. Oh, Happy Birthday to you both!!! xo

  9. Happy Happy Birthday to Deaglan! What a lovely post.

    Hope you had a fantastic Christmas and happy holidays my friend!

  10. I cried, and cried, and the read it again and cried some more. You put into words what I still haven't been able to do after 17 months. Thank you for helping me to identify those feelings, and Happy Birthday to Deaglan!

  11. What a beautiful letter!! Happy Birthday! You had me in tears...and those pictures are just too much!! Beautiful!

  12. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. I remember that first moment when I saw Brodie and thinking, "Who are you little one?" Such magic. :) Happy Birthday to your big boy! :)

  13. You capture that first overwhelming sense of love so well. I hope Deaglan had an amazing birthday!! And you write so beautifully, my friend.

  14. many tears running down my face right now. I always love reading birthday posts, from Mother to Child. But this...this one really got to me. Perfection.

  15. A belated birthday to Deaglan! SUch a beautiful, sweet post :)


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