But like we learned with our amazing surprise boy, there is no way you can ever fully be ready for the change that comes with a tiny person joins your family. It becomes this giant leap of faith, surrounded with a whole heap of prayers. Then suddenly you find yourself in the middle of the most amazing adventure in the world.
There are somethings though, that I wish I had known before. They go something like this.
*Disclaimer: This is not to bash on anyone's decision to wait for babies. Strong marriages are the best gift to children and sometimes that means taking time to establish that union first. This is a judgement-free post, meant to encourage anyone who has parenthood in their future.
I wish I knew how many new conflicts would be created between two different people, parenting their one precious child. But knowing that instead of choosing distance or fear, we can choose to embrace them as a chance for growing even closer than before.
I wish I knew that there will never be enough money, never enough time, never enough of what the world says you need to raise a baby. But what have they ever known when it's comes to relationships?! Newborns don't care about $47 designer sleepers or $93 knit dolls. They thrive on kind words and belly tickles and bedtime kisses.
I wish I knew how crazy hot it is to watch the man you fell in love with, fall in love with his son. The way he can't stop kissing his head or repeating at least 17 times a day How adorable this kid is!! These are the moments that are worth more than a million cruises in the Caribbean or nice cars in the garage.
Most of all, I wish I knew what a beautiful picture a parent's love would be of God's love for me. Only now can my mind begin to understand in a small way, how He must be cheering on my faltering steps, being proud of tiny growth each day and smiling over me while I sleep.
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So to all my friends whose homes will someday boast of babies, please don't fear the unknown. Know that whatever sacrifices parenting requires in sleep or money or time, will repaid in one evening of laughter and cuddling in bed; until you honestly think your heart just might explode.
I promise. Life is just about to get more beautiful. . .