I'm sure many of you know it by heart:
I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.
It was the first book I read to my girls, way back at the beginning. I hadn't read the book before . . . had never heard anything about it . . . and I was in tears at the end.
It happens every time.
And it happened tonight--I struggled through the last few pages trying to disguise the emotion in my voice.
Claire was already asleep, Catherine barely had her eyes open. Caroline, however, listened very closely. She made the connection with the new baby at the end of the story . . . and she made the connection, I think, when I looked at her and told her that she would always be my baby.
She smiled, leaned forward, and gave me a hug . . . and then a sweet kiss.
It was a beautiful end to a perfect day. I hope you all get to taste the sweetness of parenthood . . . there is nothing like it.