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  • Hello my baby,

    Having fun? Learning something about yourself and others? Making friends? Feeling connected with your higher self? I hope you can respond to all of these questions with a big “YES!”

    What can I say to you my darling Camila that you haven’t heard me say already? You know mom gets easily emotional about these things. But it is not because I get sad; it is quite the contrary, my baby. When I think about you and what your arrival has meant to me, I fill up with overwhelming emotions that bring tears to my eyes. You have been and always will be the most important gift I have ever received in my lifetime. Why you ask? There are so many reasons why; I could write a whole book about them. However, I will mention a few that you might not be aware of as of yet.

    When I turned 30 years old, I wanted to have a baby so badly, that I prayed for your arrival every night for a month, and guess what? God replied almost immediately to my prayers. One thing I had not expected was how well my body would react to being pregnant. As you grew in my belly, to my surprise, my energy and strength grew exponentially. I never felt tired or sick while you were inside of me. My body welcomed you with open arms and carried you through with such ease; I began to think I was made to have lots of children.

    Maybe I was… but in any case, I never felt as STRONG as I did then. Honest to God, I felt like Wonder Woman. As I delivered you, I should have been wearing a cape ☺ because I felt as if our higher being had given me special powers to do so. When I first held you in my arms, although exhausted from a sixteen-hour labor, it was the strongest I have ever felt… ever. So, my baby, you have made me feel so ever STRONG. And for that, I thank you.

    Before you came into my life, I got up each morning, went to work, spent time with your dad at home, got up each morning, went to work, spent time with you dad at home, I got up each morning, went to work,… You get the idea. The second gift you have given me has been PURPOSE. In the Japanese tradition having a purpose in life is one of the holiest and most important factors that lead to a well-balanced existence. The Japanese have a term for this; it is called IKIGAI. You became my Ikigai before I knew I needed one to really feel healthy. If I ever get a tattoo, it will be with its Japanese characters
    生甲斐. And, it will always remind me of you.

    Taking care of you has been the most difficult, and yet at the same time, the most rewarding experience of my life. I had never been so committed to someone or something until you came along. For your first years of life, you and I were inseparable. You were mommy’s girl, and I was Camila’s girl. Every night I went to bed, I would place the baby monitor on my night table to make sure I could hear you breath while asleep. Everyday I had a plan so that you would have activities to nurture your growth and development. We’d go to the park, the pool, the mall, baby and mom sessions at the gym, etc. I took you to Barnes and Nobles to get you books. We read and sang together. What would Camila like to do today? I’d think and so my day began. My dear Camila, for bringing a higher PURPOSE into my life, I truly thank you.

    Finally, and the most important thing you’ve ever taught me is the ability of LOVING unconditionally. As you know my love, mommy likes to read books that teach and inspire me to be a better person. One of my favorite books is the Art of Loving by Erich Fromm. He explains in his book that “motherly love is by its very nature unconditional”. This means that a mom loves her child regardless of what or who she is. This love is eternal and never broken…. Ever. Thus, “there’s no misdeed, no crime which could deprive you of my love, of my wish for your life and happiness”. I would like for you to understand, and I know you know this already, that my love for you is never ending. I don’t care how many times we argue, agree to disagree, or scream at each other. Even when we raise our voices and say “not so nice things” in the midst of an emotional outburst, I still love you deeply. I will always do this the best that I can for you, although I am may not do it in the most perfect way. None of us are perfect, and I don’t expect you to be either. This type of spiritual love is one of the strongest loves anyone could feel. For having the opportunity of LOVING you this way, I am ever so grateful.

    As you can see my beautiful daughter, you came into my life to teach me those three very important lessons. I hope that I can also help you find important life lessons as we continue our journey together in this lifetime.
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