Once upon a time, there was a girl.
She loved her mother fiercely, even though she didn't understand that most of the time. Her mother was her hero, solid as a rock with a gentle touch and a stoic commitment to her children's happiness. The girl dreamed of having her own children some day and loving them just as completely.
One day, she met this boy and they fell deeply in love.
Of course they got married, because that's the way these stories go.
Almost two years later, they had their first baby.
And he was perfect.
Motherhood is difficult. It's sleepless nights and doubting oneself and torrents of tears and clothes covered in vomit/poop/some other disgusting substance, but despite all that, or perhaps because of it, the girl never doubts that it's worth it.
Because every day she's repaid for all her hard work with goofy grins, giggles, hugs. And love. Motherhood has taught her what it means to love with every cell of her body.
There is nothing more beautiful.
But there is one more thing that could make this Mother's Day tale a little more perfect.
And that is the recognition of another perfect little baby, scheduled to turn our lives upside down this coming November.
We are so incredibly excited to be pregnant with Charlie's little brother or sister, and we know that we are beyond blessed to have not one, but two beautiful babies.
Happy Mother's Day to all of you mamas, mamas-to-be, and those who dream of having your own child to love. The work is hard, and it often goes unnoticed. But know that you're doing something valuable. Know that you're teaching your children how to love, just by opening your heart and letting your babies live there. It's the opportunity of a lifetime, being a mother. I know that because of my family, "happily ever after" does exist. And I know that love is everything.