|Canon Patrick's first photo|
When I was pregnant with your sister, your father asked me if I’d be upset if it was a boy. It was no secret that I had always wanted a daughter; I’d had her named picked out since I was a teenager, and as a proud and outspoken feminist, I was compelled to bring a girl into the world and teach her to take it by storm and show it that girls and women are powerful and strong and equal and human. And so it took me a minute to answer his question, although I had been giving it some thought. The conclusion I came to was that, while I desperately wanted a daughter, I knew that a man as amazing as your father is would help me to raise an equally amazing son, and I knew how blessed this world would be to have another man even remotely like your father in it. I was compelled to bring a boy into the world and teach him to take it by storm and show it that boys and men are sensitive and compassionate and nurturing and human.
And now here you are, growing inside of me, and I am overcome with anticipation of the joys and challenges of raising a son in this complicated and confusing world. See, I have an intimate understanding of what it’s like to be a girl growing up in this world, and what it means to be a woman in this world, but the experience of growing from a boy into a man is foreign to me. While my lack of this type of experience allows some fear and uncertainty to creep in, I am filled with gratitude for the man who will be my partner in raising you into someone who we hope will embrace our values and learn to treat everyone he encounters with compassion and respect. I trust that together, we will love and nurture you, guide and teach you, celebrate and appreciate you, with all that we have. Together, all four of us, you, your sister, your father, and I will continue to blaze this trail, to learn, and grow, and laugh together.
|Our family of four...pumpkins!|
|Canon's first costume. :)|
Shared at the Tuesday Baby Link-up at I Thought I Knew Mama.