We believe in the journey of Mommyhood. We believe this is the most challenging thing you'll ever do. And the most extraordinary thing you'll ever do. We believe in trimesters, and in first sonogram photos, and in finding out. And in not.
We believe in the happiest day of your life. And in the most exhausting one, too. And we believe that the Surgeon General's mandate of eight hours of sleep can be jointly accounted for over a period of three days.
We believe in yelling potential baby names out the backdoor at dinnertime - just to test out what they sound like. We believe in packing up the almighty diaper bag. And we believe you will never be anywhere in 20 minutes, ever again.
We believe in that moment when you swear you just can't do this anymore. And in that follow-up moment when you realize you've been doing it all along.
We believe the mother pictured on the box the car seat came in (the mother who is perfect and smiling and rested) is an actress. We believe in the one little sock that always, always, always gets kicked off. And in shoulders that never, ever, ever stay clean.
We believe in the first smile that is definitely not gas. And in first steps that surely must mean, "He's so advanced for his age." We believe in making siren sounds every time a fire truck goes by. And in memorializing in song the repetitious nature of bus wheels going around.
We believe the four best words in the English language are sleeping through the night. We believe in those occasional, entirely unapologetic dinner-table conversations about poop. And we believe in those lengthy, insightful, amazingly open conversations with other first-time moms - your new best friends.
We believe in the community, the wisdom, the advice and the universality. We believe you will peel every single white membrane from the orange. You will perfect the "driver reach back" to blindly locate and replace a lost pacifier. And you will say, "Because I said so, that's why."
We believe you will become a master scheduler of play dates, a respected architect of couch-cushion forts, and an expert in what comes after two-and-a-half and two-and-three-quarters. We believe in the journey. We believe in nurturing it. And yes, we believe in you.