It's your first Mother's Day!!! Can you believe that? Although we're goofy enough to celebrate anniversaries like the first day we met (the "meetaversary"), the first day we started dating and the day that you agreed to marry me, I have to say that the importance of Mother's Day has leapfrogged our other celebratory dates. Why? Simply because you're such a fantastic mother and have taken to it like a duck to water.
And I think the duck analogy is a good one. Because I've always thought that great parenting is a lot like being a duck. Everything may look smooth on the surface but underneath it all, you've got to paddle like hell. And ever since the Peanut was born seven months ago, you've proven yourself to be a championship paddler.
As the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding. The Peanut is a wonderfully happy and well-adjusted little child. Your mother's milk has provided her with perfect health. And your generous love has given her such a happy spirit. Seriously, I'm surprised the kid's face doesn't crack, she smiles so much. And though I know the Peanut and I have an extremely close and special bond, her face always lights up when you walk into the room. When I'm playing with her on the floor, she always has to look up every once in awhile to make sure that you're still in the room. And needless to say, on those very rare occasions when the Peanut gets a little fussy, nothing calms her down like being in your arms and hearing you sing to her.
It's so funny to me that it was only 5 years ago when you told me that you weren't really sure you wanted to have kids. You were so worried that it would be a deal-breaker for our relationship. I know this was because we were having such a great time together. We were free to travel whenever we wanted at a moment's notice. We could stay up late talking, laughing or making love. And then we could sleep in the next day until noon. We'd have endless dinners out on the town all the time, either by ourselves or with friends (was there a sushi chef in NY who didn't know us by face?) Then, there were the weekly movies, the 5-hour karaoke bar marathons, the cocktail parties, and the spontaneous weekend trips to Paris. Remember when we actually used to go out clubbing?
But now...life is different. The addition of the Peanut to our family has certainly altered our lifestyle. And though I sometimes miss some of the freedoms of our past, I wouldn't trade our current life for anything in the world. I couldn't be happier than I am right now. And as for you? I never had any doubts. All the traits that make you a great wife, lover and friend also make you a great mother. The Peanut and I have talked about it over the past few months and we both agree...you're the bomb! So happy Mother's Day, honey! You're a natural!
(p.s. And a very happy Mother's Day to all you other moms out there. No matter how much respect and appreciation is thrown your way, I know you all deserve much more. And though I tend to shun the Hallmark-created holidays, this is one that I think is well-deserved. So I hope today you get all the love and recognition that you're entitled to. Happy Mother's Day!)