The Decision

Whether or not your child was a planned operation or a surprise gift, the moment your baby arrived, your life was changed forever.  You learned more about life and yourself in the first three months than you would have spending a semester at college.  Parents learn they are capable of giving of themselves more than ever thought possible.  They realize the depth of human love, that there seems to be no limit.  While one parent learns patience and self-control, another may learn to how to organize and set limits.  One way or another, we have made an incredible decision – to raise a child.

It is not always easy to raise a child, and it does not always come without worry, but remember and know that you are capable, well-qualified, and the only one picked to do that job of raising your child.  He or she is a little piece of you, and by loving who you are, you will always love your child.  Don’t forget to take care of yourself as a parent, for it means taking care of and loving your baby.  On those days, those very tough days when you question everything you’ve done, know that she loves and needs you just as much as you do her.  Turn around, take a deep breath and try again.  Do it for yourself, and you do it for your child.

Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.  ~Elizabeth Stone (Pioneer woman and educator)

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