I love you. I love and appreciate you more than I can even explain because, as you know, I suck at explaining my feelings, so I will say this…THANK YOU! Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Since becoming a mom myself, I now know exactly what it means to love someone unconditionally. It means loving someone even when they spit up directly in your mouth and then poop on you all before 5am. And it means thinking everything they do is cute. Who knew getting spit-up in your mouth and pooped on could be so cute? A mom knew, that’s who. Thank you for carrying me around in your belly for 9 months and throwing up with morning sickness and dealing with all the pregnancy pains just so you could be blessed with me 😉 And thank you for passing on the “no stretch mark” gene to me. Thank you for having a c-section and completely destroying your stomach muscles so that you could deliver me safely into this world. Well, actually, Jamie is the one who made you have a c-section in the first place, so remember to blame her for destroying your stomach. But thank you for going through the pain of a c-section again for me. Thank you for waking up in the middle of the night and early in the morning to feed me or comfort me or just play with me because it was 5am and I was a morning person. Also, sorry for being a morning person and not ever letting you sleep in. Thank you for changing all of my diapers because dad has a weak stomach and couldn’t handle diaper changes. And thank you for cleaning up after Skip when he threw up just the other day because I inherited dad’s weak stomach and gag at the sight of dog throw up. Thank you for giving me a kiss several times a day. I don’t know when I decided I was “too cool” for a kiss on the lips from my mom, but I promise that the next time I see you, I’ll let you give me a kiss on the lips if you want. I’m hoping Hazel never outgrows on-the-lip kisses from me because I just love giving her kisses. Thank you for reading “The Monster at the End of this Book” in your Grover voice even though it hurt your throat after reading it 5 times in a row. Thank you for making the simplest days the most amazing days. Thank you for being my friend, but more importantly, being my mom. Thank you for loving me and for teaching me how to be a good daughter, sister, friend, mom, and person. I owe everything to you…and dad too…and we know Jamie would say I owe it to her as well. 😉 But seriously, mom, I could go on and on with everything you’ve done for me, and as Hazel grows, I’m sure there will be more things I realize that you did for me because you’re my mom and that’s what moms do. So thank you for everything, mom! Even all the little stuff I don’t even know to thank you for because I was just a kid and wasn’t aware of everything you did for us. I love you!
P.S. Remember the day we drove to Chico so you could get your starter thing put in your car, and we walked around all day while we waited for your car to be done, and then we went to Olive Garden and got a soup and salad? That was one of my favorite days.