Before you were born, I used to wake up in the mornings very reluctantly and only to an energizing music playlist and then I would mope around in bed long enough to summon the energy to get up and start the day. I would say things like "I'm tired" and "I'm hungry" all the time (but man, would I know what that really means after you were born! What was I thinking?!). 😂 I used to complain about so many things that I thought I was missing out on in life and I couldn't even think about having kids because I was so into myself. But then the strangest thing happened. You came into my life and despite all the hours I'm missing sleeping in, eating whatever, traveling, "being free" to do whatever and whenever I want, I have never been more AWAKE and JOYFUL in my life. The extra hours spent changing your diapers, singing you lullabies, making you meals, bathing you, playing silly games with you, praying over you, all of that and a million things other things I'm now spending time doing have actually RESCUED me. Yes Joey, you saved me from a living a life that was all about myself and my own needs. And knowing me, it wouldn't have been all that great a life. Now all I want is more time. With you and your dad. More time to adore and cherish every waking hour together. Now every morning I wake up to your sweet babbling and can't wait to see your smiles and make new memories with you. Thank you for reviving my life. I thank God every day for you and I pray I will become the mom that will make you lack for nothing real and important in life. I love you dumpling.