A Letter of Gratitude for a New Mother

Dear Mama,


I know it can be hard sometimes with me, when I can’t communicate how I’m feeling. Maybe I make you feel stressed when you don’t know what’s making me cry. Or when I decide to eat all the time and sleep none of the time. I don’t mean to mean to make you feel sad or stressed or worried; I’m just new to the world and so everything is a little hard for me. I know how hard it must be for you to keep going and put so much of your energy into me.


I appreciate everything you do for me and I know how much you worry about me and how I'm on your mind so much of the time. I love you more than you know. The little hugs you give me, when you play with me or smile at me. I know you must be exhausted and how much energy this must take for you to do, but please know that even though I may not always show it, it’s what’s helping me to learn and laugh and enjoy this new world that I’m in. Without you I don’t know what I would do.


I worry sometimes that you forget that even by just keeping me healthy and safe you’re doing so much, and instead you worry about the little things--and how to be the perfect mom. Please try not to stress so much about these little things or expect so much from yourself. It’s okay if you want to go out sometimes with your friends and leave me with someone else. Please don’t feel guilty - I’ll be okay. It’s okay if you take some time out just to relax. It’s okay when you make little mistakes - I know that you love me and I’ll be fine.


I know I may have turned your world upside down, but remember this won’t be forever - soon I’ll be grown and hopefully be able to take care of you and make you smile in the same way you are doing now for me.


You are a great mother - the best mother.


Thank you for taking care of me.


Love,

Your Baby