I didn’t know this would be the last time I nursed you to sleep. I would have soaked in the moment if only I knew.
I didn’t know that this was the last night I would rock you to sleep in this well-worn rocking chair. I wish I would have held you longer.
I didn’t know that one day I would be stroking your sweet baby cheeks and the next, I would be staring at a face so changed, as the years melted away your cherub cheeks and gave you defined and unique features, just as beautiful and handsome. I wish I had stared just a little while longer, before I dozed off beside you.
I didn’t know that after all the times I wished you would sleep through the night, suddenly you would and I would miss you.
I didn’t know that one day you wouldn’t ask me to help pick out your clothes anymore. You’re quite proud of your style now and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
I didn’t know that one night you wouldn’t ask for a bedtime story anymore, because you were reading your great big chapter book and just wanted to chat and have mommy time instead. I wouldn’t have rushed so much.