Darling D and I had other plans, but River had his as well and decided to arrive early; about three weeks. There was no time for preparation for a procrastinator like me who was depending on those last few weeks to get a handle on the fact that I was going to be a mommy.

As with every new mommy, everything was new to me when he arrived. I was not sure what to do with this new breath of life that was dependent on me to nurture him, love him, and guide him through life. On top of all of that, I really did not know what to do with a boy, but then I wouldn’t have known what to do with a girl either. In the midst of all of my uncertainty, there was one thing I did know for sure and it was that I was his mommy.

We had no clue as to whether or not he was going to be a boy or girl, but had a name chosen for each. God knew and I have watched him slowly grow into his chosen name. Happily, it has been a very interesting eight years full of so many wonderful memories.

Sadly, there are also so many things that I can no longer remember. Fortunately, I have many pictures and when looking through them it is often hard to believe that this young man is the same little boy in all of them. Although, I cherish those photographs and know they will become more important to me everyday as he continues to grow older, there is nothing that compares to having him here, today, with us and turning eight.

I can’t even remember being eight or even what it meant to me being eight. If I could remember, I would imagine that it was kind of cool. River thinks it’s pretty cool and I agree with him.

Eight years ago today he made me a mommy. That is pretty cool. Happy birthday baby!

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