Thursday, September 16, 2010

You made me "Mama"

Dear Ben,

You were born 5 years ago today, my first baby. I have not been able to stop thinking about the fact that it was exactly 5 years ago that I became a mother. You made me a mother. Your entrance into this world changed me forever, in a way that I could not even begin to understand then.

We wanted you. Desperately. We waited for so long and went through so much. As much as your Daddy and I loved each other, as happy as we were, as blessed as we felt, we knew there was something missing. While we were going through that time, we didn't understand why.

Then you came. And we knew.

All along, all that time, we had been waiting for you.

You came along and joined our little twosome and rocked our world. We weren't even sure what to do with you. We didn't recognize our lives, our selves, or each other. Let's just say that there was an adjustment period. But you were fantastic. Maybe you (or someone greater) knew that we weren't quite able to handle too much then, and so you were The Easiest Baby On Earth. You slept. You ate. You sat happily for hours staring at the wall. By the time you were two, we thought we were surely the best parents ever, since we had obviously been fully responsible for this little being who was so perfectly behaved and easy-going and smart. (We know better evidenced by many posts on this very blog referencing playground punching and general acts of absolute least you waited until we had recovered from the postpartum, grown up, and gotten a better handle on the challenges of parenting.)

You are growing up to be quite a kid. You're wicked smart and always trying to be one step ahead of everyone. If you apply your skills of manipulation and persuasion to good rather than evil, you will undoubtedly be incredibly successful. You seem to have inherited your father's goofy sense of humor but my fear of embarrassment. You like things a very particular way (how I wish, on those mornings when we're running late because you've had to adjust your socks 18 times so the stitching lands just so along your toes, that I could tell you that I still do that before a run). You still have not figured out that you are not, actually, the center of the universe. You finally seem to have taken a sincere liking to your baby brother, and when I see you helping him, trying to explain something to him (like last night when you were showing him how to draw a clown), it makes my heart swell up with a love, gratitude, and relief that I can not put into words. Your manners are near perfect. Your sense of humor, flawless. You are, quite simply, a really cool kid (which is a good thing, since you refuse to allow us to call you "cute", only "cool" or on occasion, "handsome").
There's something special about being the first born. You were the one who Changed Us...the one who turned us into Mama and Dada. You squeezed your way in to our little cocoon for two, and actually made us want to slide over and make room. You are amazingly special, Ben Kincaid. We love you "sooooo much" and "all the way to the back of the moon."
Happy Birthday.
Love, Mama

Then and now...


  1. What a beautiful letter to Ben! One day he will treasure it.

  2. Happy birthday to the big little man. And to you, mama. Xo

  3. Happy birthday, Ben! Happy birth day anniversary, Liz!

    (And those pictures of Ben on the blanket as a newborn and then as a 5 year old? Amazing! What a great idea!)


  4. That's beautiful and such a great idea to take a picture on his baby blanket then and now. I think I'll do that when I become "mama."

  5. Happy birthday to Ben! Love the pictures! And re: the stitching on the socks thing--I have to do that, too. As do both my girls.

  6. Happy birthday Ben! Happy becoming a Mom day, Liz! Pictures are lovely...what a testament to what happens when we chase our dreams, eh?

  7. you look so much better now than five years ago... and so does pablo (what was with the goofy goatee?) and so does Ben! :)
    love the blanket picture but most importantly, i LOVE smart ass Ben.

  8. How stinkin' cute! Hope he had the happiest of birthdays!
    P.S. I did not look that good after giving birth!

  9. This was beautiful. Isn't it amazing to see who you've become by virtue of raising your child? It's a pressure cooker, but the experience is invaluable.

  10. Truly "cool" entry! ;o) It's nice to put it into words huh!?!
    I was just thinking that about ago I figured out how everyday a love him a lilttle more every single day, Every Single Day... It's amazing! Happy 5th Bday Ben! Kat

  11. Absolutely beautiful Liz, very moving too.

    Love the photo of him then and now on the blankie....great idea. And what a lovely family you are :) xoxo

  12. It is amazing how these little creatures full of innocence and bountiful knowledge keep us so entertained....and loved. Happy Birthday Ben Ben!! MM

  13. Oh, by the way, you and P just keep getting better looking with time...wth?! ;o) MM


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