To my son,
For my last column as a pregnant woman, I just want to say it has truly been a pleasure carting you around for the last eight months. Thanks to you, I had a legitimate reason to eat for two throughout the holiday season, and I can wake your dad up at 3 a.m. to protect us from the boogeyman in the hallway when my bladder needs emptying. I mean, when you need room, you need room, right? You’ve already got my back. What more could a mother ask for?
I want you to know that you’ve already changed my life. As a career-driven individual, I want to thank you for giving me the courage to reevaluate my work situation and truly make a point to follow my dreams. In December 2009, seven months pregnant with you, I changed jobs. This was quite the feat. And let me tell you, it’s not fun walking into an interview with a belly the size of a watermelon.
But you gave me the confidence to ask for all the things I needed to make sure I was choosing the right position for us as a family. I wanted to work at a job that was worth leaving you in the hands of others, and I also wanted the flexibility to be with you when I needed to be. With those prerequisites in mind, I set off looking for a new cube to call home, and I’m happy with the one I’ve found.
So my little kiddiwink, here’s my first pearl of wisdom: don’t let anyone deter you from your dreams, regardless of how difficult they might seem. Dreams are attainable.
Just so you know, I’m the kind of person who expects my whole world to change when the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve. I look about me, instantly nostalgic for the year that passed and dizzy with excitement for what’s headed my way. But usually, the excitement fades as the days go by.
Not this year. January 1, 2010, is just another date on the calendar that comes before February 2, 2010. That’s when I supposedly get to meet you … and I cannot wait! I’ve set off into the new year with a new career, a fresh start and the overwhelming anticipation of your arrival.
Thank you for renewing my vitality and fervor for all things in life. I love you.