7 years ago today, I looked down into your tiny little baby face and thought, "Man, I'm tired."
Having babies is very hard work.
I knew I was embarking on the greatest adventure of my life, Motherhood, but I had no idea what I was really in for.
Every emotion I have ever experienced was multiplied by 1,000 when I became your mother. Sadness, joy, fear, excitement, anxiety, elation, empathy and pride, among the many others. By loving you, I was able to love the whole world more. I gained a depth of perspective that I couldn't even comprehend before. You have given me so much already, just in 7 short years.
And it has been a short 7 years! My God, where has the time gone? If I've already had you for 7 years, and let's pretend you're not really an adult until 21, that would mean that I only have 2 more of these time periods with you and that's just not enough. Yes, that's the crazy way that a mother thinks. You have even distorted my perception of time, since 14 more years seems insufferably short. (And my view on this may change again when you become a teenager. If I could keep you 7 forever, I might.)
Aside from being the unique, sensitive and super smart little boy that you are, you are a cool guy. I have had so much fun with you this summer; you are so funny and quick-witted and enjoyable to be around. I loved playing the new Super Mario Bros. with you and was astounded when you beat the entire game. It may be silly, but I am so proud of you for that! You wanted to do it, so you did. It's not that you played excessively either, but that you spent time researching game strategies and reading game guides. I have never beat a Mario game (and I wanted to) and you did it at 6 without using cheat codes. It was awesome. You're not only smart, you're a hard worker and that will take you far. I know you will go on to do even bigger things in the world than rescuing Princess Peach.
Anyway, thanks for being you. Thanks for helping me become a better person. Thanks for growing up to be the amazing guy that I know you will be.
I like you, I love you and I will always protect you.
Happy 7th Birthday, my friend.